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A Murderer in the Woods?

gardensecretsThe Summit Herald of June 29, 1923 reported that a large group of police, firemen, and civilian volunteers searched the woods on the northern edge of the city, after several young boys reported seeing a man with a shotgun. The authorities suspected that this might be the man who had murdered two people in New Providence earlier in the week. No one was found. When questioned, the boys could not describe the man, and were not entirely sure if he was carrying a shotgun or a large stick. Later evidence suggested that the suspect had escaped to Dover.

The Summit Parent-Teacher Associations announced a series of lectures to be given in the fall by Dr. Raymond Ditmars, Curator of Reptiles at the New York Zoological Park. The lectures, in the new high school auditorium would be accompanied by "wonderful moving pictures” of animals, reptiles, insects, and sea creatures.

The Business Men’s Association discussed the problems of litter on the downtown streets, and also of electric signs which violated local ordinances by extending more than 3 feet from buildings. The Mayor’s Committee announced their plans for the Fourth of July celebration, including daytime entertainment for children, evening fireworks, and a performance by the Millburn municipal band (the Summit band had already committed to performing in Chatham).

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