Cleve Tudder Found

From the December 16, 1902 Skidmore Standard, page 1:

Walked 250 Miles

Cleve Tudder Found in Wellington, Kansas — Baily Still Missing

Two Elmo boys, Cleve Tudder and Tom Baily, lads about 14 years old, who ran away from home about two weeks ago, were heard from at Wellington, Kansas, from which place Cleve Tudder had written to his grandfather for clothes and money.  Immediately on receipt of the letter D. F. Baily and Thomas Tudder went to Wellington where young Tudder was found, but the boys had separated at Peck, about fifteen miles this side of Wellington.  Mr. Bailey returned to Peck, where he learned that a boy answering the description of his son had been seen some days before, but he had disappeared and further trace of him he could not find, and was compelled to return without him.  The boys left home without money and had walked the entire distance, about 250 miles.

Their escapade seems to have been caused by a desire for adventure, inspired possibly by the thrilling experiences related in dime novel literature.  The boys had to endure considerable hardship on their tedious journey and left comfortable homes in Elmo at a rather unseasonable time of year for camping out.  Mr. Tudder, with his wife and grandson Cleve, have gone to New Mexico to spend the winter.  Cleve is said to be threatened with consumption, and it is hoped that the milder climate of New Mexico will be beneficial to his health. — B. J. Post.

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