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The Overcoat Thief

ceylonThe Summit Record of March 29, 1902 reported that the state legislature had passed a bill approving the construction of a tunnel by the the Pennsylvania Railroad, beneath the North River, to connect New Jersey and New York. Ground was broken for the construction of a joint trunk sewer line to service Summit and six other towns. The Editor approved of this action, feeling that the disposal grounds along the banks of the Passaic contributed to the pollution of the river.

Two Summit homes were visited by a burglar on the same night. In both cases, the thief entered through a parlor window which was unlocked. At the home of Mr. Martin, only an overcoat was taken; silverware in an adjacent room was left untouched. The thief may have been scared off by the sounds of motion on a floor above, as Mr. Martin's sister was awake, tending to an ill relative. At the house of Mr. Badeau, the only item stolen was a boy's overcoat, although a trail of burnt-out matches on the floor showed that the thief had explored the hallway and other rooms.

In the classifieds: For sale, three acres of ground in West Summit, with 6-room house, barn, and chicken house. Help wanted, boy to act as apprentice in printing office; a courteous, capable man to look after horses and make himself generally useful.

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