Petty Chicken Thieves

Mrs. Anna Campbell has our sympathy.  Petty thieves, especially the poultry thief kind, are the worst.  (Lesson learned:  Don’t let your chickens run into the road.)  From the Skidmore New Era (Skidmore, Missouri), June 18, 1914, page 1:

Petty Chicken Thieves

Some petty chicken thief stole twenty-five or thirty young chickens from Mrs. Anna Campbell one day last week in broad day light.  The chickens were about grown, just the size for early fries, and were running in the yard and sometimes got out in the public road.  A covered wagon passed Mrs. Campbell’s place and a neighbor saw a man running the chickens, but did not think he was stealing them.  That evening Mrs. Campbell was short a brood of young chicks.

About the same time, someone visited J. S. Linville’s place east of Skidmore while the young folks were all away from home, and stole two canarie birds from the house, raided the chicken pens, taking a number of young fries, and helped themselves to the cherries, picking several gallons.

Petty thieves of this stripe should be apprehended and brought to justice.


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