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Welcome to Oaklandon Saturday, July 24 2021 @ 07:53 AM EDT

Excitement! Well, A-Plenty

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Indianapolis News
Indianapolis, Marion County, 27 November 1920

Only 12 Hours on this Wild Ride, but Excitement! Well, A-Plenty

Two Boys, Age 9 and 10, Borrow an Old Gray Mare, Then Harness, a Buggy, Coal Wagon, All in Different Places — Accumulate Bread, Milk, Etc. —
Stay Out All Night, B'jing!
Tired and sleepy after more than twelve hours of "wild and woolly" adventures which kept policemen, on bicycles and motorcycles, in flivvers and on foot, busy throughout the night. Harlan Marshall, age nine, and Richard Lyon, age ten, who disappeared Friday afternoon from their homes in Brightwood, were found today near Maywood by Motor Policemen Gollnisch and Morarity

At the time the boys left they were astride an old gray mare, said to have been appropriated from a barn in the neighborhood, but when they were cueght they were riding in a dilapidated coal wagon, which had been annexed sometime during their travels. A bushel basket of bread and other eatables, obtained from various places, was found in the wagon.

Gray Mare Badly Fagged.

The old gray mare, which had borne the brunt of the adventure and which was pulling desperately at the shafts of the wagon when the motor policemen arrived was nearly "all in," the police said, and was left in care of a farmer until its owner could be found. The youngsters were taken to the detention home and will have an opportunity to explain the details of their expedition to Judge Frank J. Lahr. in the juvenile court The plunder recovered by the motor policemen following the capture of the two boys included the following: One gray mare, taken from a barn at Tweaty-fifth and Station streets; a set of harness and a buggy, taken from John E. Sellers’s farm in Oaklandon; fifteen newspapers from in front of a drug store at Tenth street and Brookside avenue: a coal wagon the Minter Coal Company’s barn. 1002 East Pratt street: bread, roils and doughnuts from boxes in front of grocery stores at Michigan and Bell streets, Michigan street and Highland avenue and East Pratt street: a lantern from an automobile at Blaine avenue and Howard street and a quart of buttermilk and three quarts of sweet milk from a farmhouse near Kentucky avenue and Eagle creek.

Asked for Lodging.

Shortly after the parents of the two boys had reported them missing from home, the police received a telephone call from a woman living near Emerson avenue and Thirtieth street that the boys had stopped at her home and requested a bed for the night. When she started to call the police they ran from the house, jumped on the old gray mare and galloped away.

A short time later the police found that the youngsters had grown tired of horseback riding and had hitched their mount to a buggy. While this report was being investigated the coal company reported that one of the company's wagons was missing and that the thieves had left a buggy in exchange. The searchers were then instructed to keep an eye out for the old gray mare and the coal wagon.

Motor Policemen Gollnisch and Morarityp icked up the trail about 7:30 a. m. in Kentucky avenue, and overtook the boys on the way to Brooklyn.
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