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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, May 01, 1913, Image 19

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patched by wire the cry of "gypsies"
to air the near towns and to the
neighboring states. In two days the
newspapers for 500 miles either way
declared "gypsies" and the chiefs of
police of Chicago, Indianapolis, Mil
waukee and St. Louis sent their
plain-clothes men far into the sub
urbs looking for gypsies and stolen
Catherine Winters, aged 9, of New
castle, Ind.
Simultaneously, we were assign
ed to join the hunt; to drive in an
automobile on the tracks of gypsies
who had been within, 200 miles of
Chicago; to use our special deputy
sheriff commission boldly and also
with discretion; to tafee 'pictures of
this picturesque chase and then to
tell in a story for The Day Book what
that chase looked like.
Following the ilrst alarm, men of
Newcastle and the-authorities of sur-'
rounding counties scoured the coun
try; the .police of three states joined
in PhotographiccircUlars were mail-
Wisconsin. Wherever a band ojgypw
sies were reported there went the
searchers. Swift automobiles over
hauled travellers in wagon, buggy
and automobile and many a family,
we stopped and lined -up on the road
till we scann'ed faces and searched
vehicles.
It was a rough time and I have to
report that the gypsies, whenever
found, met with no apologies.
What did the gypsies' say?
Did they fight, or bcowU or protest?
Hardly. They were the meekest
people of the road. Theywere abso
lutely inoffensive. They yielded to
any demand any time of day or night.
They protested to us. always that
they did not steal children. They told
us that they were always suspected;
that" everywhere they went they saw
the haunted, scared eyes of mothers.
"But why shbuld we want more
children " they all said to us; "the
families of all gypsies are large."
W6 found, that to be, true:
A clue of seeming reliability lo-
ed broadcast It seemed impossible fcated Catherine Winters In Gratiot,
for the "gypsies" to escape the cor
don that was drawing around In ra
dius of 160 miles.
Only those who have participated
in a search for a stolen child-tran
appreciate its thoroughness. Spurred,
perhaps, by a reward, hundreds of
men cover the country, on foot, in
buggies and automobiles, forming a
human network through which it
seems impossible for a kidnapper to
break,
, Trains are searched; farmers driv
ing to market-are held up and forced
to submit to a search; country roads
become alive with fast-moving vehi
cles. Lanes where a rig might be hid
den are searched; woods are fine
combed; farmhouses areturned in
sl3e out by the man-hunters backed
up by the law in shotgun and pistol.
The temper of the searchers is often
shown by a suggestive coil of rope
on a buggy seat
For Catherine Winters the hunt
.covered Indiana, llinois and southern to escape" proved -to be a swarthy
Wis. tjross country, oyer Toads where
the frost lingered, tore our automo
bile. Day and night, at break-neck
pace, "we drove. We" were Joined by
other autos, wagons, buggies, con
taining officers, posses, country con
stables. At Gratiot excitement pre
vailed. The "gypsies" had gone. No
one had searched the wagons. .At
Darlington, Wis., telephoning located
this party of gypsies at Mineral Point.
Again the chase was on.
The band was found. A girl, (whose
resemblance to Catherine Winters
was remarkable, save that she was
older, was found. She was Catherine
Jennings, daughter of the chief of
the caravan. She it was whose re
semblance to Catherine Winters,
started this wild report. i
The same day over the-telephone-came
the story that at Dodgeville a
girl had tried to escape from a cara
van. The gypsies were found near
Madison, and the girl who had ','tried
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