Thursday, June 12, 2008

Frightened Thieves With a Bell

New York, 1895

Armed with an old dinner bell, Miss Louisa Field, who lives in the old Field homestead at Huntington, put several sneak thieves to flight Tuesday night. She was the only one in the house at the time, and was aroused from her sleep by the sound of voices in an adjoining room.

She was badly frightened, but, knowing there was no help at hand, she quietly slipped out of bed and, cautiously making her way to a disused closet, took out an old dinner bell that was once used to call in the farm hands from the field. Then, leaning out of an open window, she rang the bell.

At the first few clangs there was a scampering in the house, and two men ran down stairs and out into the darkness. But Miss Field kept on ringing until she had aroused all the neighbors.

Fred Bowne to Train Trotters

Frederic Bowne of Flushing, who was among the onlookers at the Kellogg sale of trotters on Tuesday, surprised his friends by confirming the rumor that he will take to training trotters as a profession and locate at Fleetwood Park. Bowne was formerly a member of the New York stock exchange. Although he has driven only a few races in public, he has long been known as an expert amateur reinsman, with an inherited and cultivated taste for the trotting horse.

—The Long Island Farmer, Jamaica, NY, March 22, 1895, p. 1.

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