Ashbrook Shoots Kite

Be careful of your kites, kids.  From the April 19, 1901 Skidmore Standard, page 1:

A Good Shot.

At this time of the year when the wind is not too high almost every boy that is large enough – and some that might be considered too large – put in all the time they can spare in kite flying.  They will hoist their kite high in the air, tie the string to some object and then enjoy themselves for an hour or two watching it make long sweeps through the endless space above.

Last Wednesday one of the little fellows was enjoying this royal sport when his pleasure was cut short and the kite string cut in two by a rifle ball fired from the rifle in the hands of John Ashbrook who was stationed one block away.

The old proverb that “the first fellow has no show” will not hold good in all cases, and John says he would like to see the color of the man’s hair who can beat that shot.

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