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Runaway Horse

housewife terrorThe Summit Record of August 25, 1906 reported that a horse tethered to a signpost in front of the Wolff Building on Maple Street was frightened by a passing express van, and bolted onto the sidewalk, uprooting the signpost. It was caught before it could enter a nearby store. A letter to the editor praised Summit resident Anthony Comstock, founder of the New York Society for the Suppression of Vice, and special agent of the U.S. Postal Service. Comstock had been widely denounced in national newspapers for raiding the Art Students’ League of New York and seizing copies of a catalog that contained samples of members’ work, including several nudes. During a local baseball game, part of the bleachers collapsed.

There were only minor injuries. Foreign news included a revolt against the government of President Palma in Cuba, a deadly earthquake in Chile, and the arrest of 12 Japanese seal poachers in the Aleutian Islands.

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