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Attempt to Kidnap Dionne Quintuplets Is Feared
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Intruder Vices From Window of Fumed IFubies Nursery When Aluim Is Sounded
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Ontario, Aug. 9.—The summer night’s
peace of the prolific Dionne household was broken
early Tuesday. An attempt from outside to raise a win
dow - of the nursery where the world’s most famous babies
slept was heard. Yvonne Leroux, night heard it.
The clock stood at a quarter to 1.
In the adjoining bedroom, Mme. Elzire Dionne, 21-
vear-old mother of the quintuplets, was aroused. Chubby
Daniel, 2, voungest of her six singly-born children, cried
from fright. The mother joined the nurse.
Miss Eeroux, who had been dozing beside the stove,
hurried to the window. The night was dark. She thought
she heard a movement in the pasture, and called the night
orderly. He heard a noise of someone running, and a bit
later the sound of a motor car down the road.
Night prowlers outside the nursery of Yvonne,
Annette, C'ecile, Emilie and Marie; who for no conceiv
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Kept at an r<cn temperature, the precious supplies of mothers
milk note are guarded at the Dionne home in a modern refrigerator.
Here's Sursc De Kiriline remoring the bottles for a feeding. Mme.
J)e Kiriline mis burned badly yesterday in a minor explosion at the
Dionne home.
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Though she isn’t sou \g anything, non. con see that Cecile Dionne
is taking in all the proceedings despite, her doll-like appearance.
Pr. Pa foe's genfte and skillful handling has been a great factor
in the quintuplets * rcmarkable condition.
able good reason sought to enter, or at least to peer!
Yesterday, Gordon Bruce, district police officer, be
gan an inquiry after reporting the incident to headquar
ters. Grandpere Olivier Dionne, who by day stands watch
at the front gate, talked it over gravely with his French-
Canadian farm neighbors. He was not awakened by the
women, nor was his son, Ovila, father of the five little
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has talked with a dark intensity about
using his shotgun on intruders. The other day the
dark, middle-aged farmer who, a generation ago, cleared
100 acres of the homestead with his own hands, was seen
oiling his gun.
Today he quivered with rage. lie repeated over and
over in French patois that he would enjoy laying hands
on the miscreants. The neighbors gravely nodded agree
It would go hard with any one discovered trespassing
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Home, siceet home for a quintuplet. One of the five individual incubators in which
the babies are being reared. A second may be seen in the corner of the room, behind Nurse
De Kinline. Note the thermometer, which enables the temperature readings inside the in
cubators to be made without opening the lid. Note also the plain board floor and walls of
Even as busy a man as Pr. Allan Roy Dafoe must relax note and then, and here he is in the
study of his Callander home with the shelves of classics and detective and mystery stories that are
almost his only diversion.
The islDlApiArubis riMiiiis
here after dark. These French farmers, clannish, loyal,
hardened by seven months warfare with frost everj’ year,
would show little mercy to a skulker who threatened little
ones fighting against such terrific odds for life.
The men were not called because the nurse w ished no
excitement, no gunshots, no loud talk. A shock of that
sort might affect the infants disastrously. Three of them,
Cecile, Emilie and Marie, have yet to reach the nervous
stability and power of resistance possessed by a newly
born infant under normal conditions.
Y’vonne and Annette approach what the doctors call
maturity. Within ten days or so, if all goes well, these
sturdy busters will be removed from their incubator. They
grow too lively for such confined quarters.
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JTJR. ALLAN ROY DAFOE proposed today that a tele
phone wire be strung from the nursery to his office;
a private wire confined to these two points over which an
alarm could be raised. Stern guardian of the babies’
privacy, he would not permit a phone connected with the
local exchange.
Grandpere Olivier talked of buying a watchdog. The
family lost its husky of old age recently.
The provincial government, which has shown solici
tude for the babies’ well-being, may establish a night
No one seriously suggested that the prowlers came to
kidnap; but that dread was in everybody’s mind. Those
close to the family speculated over the possibilities of
ransom for babies who in their peculiar way have been
adopted by the whole continent.
Flans for safeguarding the quintuplets have not been
worked out, and may not even be made public. But it is
certain that as they are now shut off from danger of in
fection, they will be protected from the new peril inti
mated by the intrusion.
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Here is the modest brick home of Dr. Dafoe in Callander,
with the doctor before the wire gate, about to set forth on a
call. Dr. Dafoe's wife died several years ago, and a house
keeper maintains his combined residence and office, which are
known and frequented, by almost every resident of the vicinity.
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Little Annette seems to he exchanging a silent secret
with Dr. Dafoe as her tiny finger touches the sturdy, ca
pable hand of the physician. He's about to lift her up for
the daily examination which follows oil baths each morning .

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