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Jim Kershner’s this day in history

Thu., Jan. 2, 2014

From our archives, 100 years ago

An unidentified prowler with a lot of gall entered the W.S. Norman home on Seventh Avenue and went from room to room looking for silver and jewelry.

He even went into a bedroom occupied by Mrs. Norman and her young niece, Miss Marjory Norman. Mrs. Norman woke up when she heard the man drop a piece of jewelry. She sat up and saw him pawing through her cabinet. She was afraid to confront him, so she nudged her niece awake and said loudly, “I’m too warm. I’m going to get a drink of water.” She hoped this would be enough to scare him off.

It was not. 

So she got up, walked out of the room and ran to get her husband in an adjoining room.

Mr. Norman rushed in and tackled the intruder. They wrestled fiercely for about a minute, but the burglar was bigger and he fled out the door, into the darkness, with his bag of loot.

Miss Marjory told police it was all “terribly exciting” and that the prowler “sure had unlimited nerve.”

Young Sherlock Norman, 10, was one of the losers in the incident. The burglar made off with the new jackknife that Santa had brought him for Christmas, which caused Sherlock to “cry all morning.”

Also on this date

(From the Associated Press)

1921: The play that coined the term “robot,” “R.U.R.” (Rossum’s Universal Robots) by Karel Capek, was first performed in Czechoslovakia.


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