1910: An Electric Alarm

Middletown, Conn., April 21.--After months of frequent stealing of his chickens Henry I. Nettleton, a farmer, near Durham, rigged in his bedroom an electric alarm that would inform him of the opening of the hennery door. At 2 o’clock this morning the alarm rang. Donning rubber boots and an overcoat he rushed out and found a man with a bag at the hennery.

The men grappled. In the tussle Nettleton was hurt, but he overcame his opponent. Mrs. Nettleton brought a lantern by the light of which the couple recognized Frederick Hall, a well-to-do neighbor.

Hall did not appear this morning and Nettleton got a warrant for his arrest on a theft charge.

From the Wichita Beacon (Wichita, Kansas), Thursday, April 21, 1910.

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