Arrested for Stealing Squashes

Found sandwiched between an obituary of a retired Watertown shipmaster and politician and a petition for a new railway in Dedham: a report on a man arrested for stealing squash from a Newton establishment.

The story appeared in the Boston Evening Transcript of September 23, 1898.

Michael Calnan, spotted at “Frank Brigg’s place” making off with “the squash he wanted” encountered a policeman walking away. He abandoned his sack in a culvert. Recovered, it was discovered Calnan was a repeat offender. The sack contained ‘a number of squashes.’ Also copper railroad joints.


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