This week’s Sepia Saturday prompt picture reminded me of a story my grandmother Kathleen told about her parents returning home one evening and finding a burglar in the house.
|Musee McCord Museum : Alexander Ramsay’s Paint Store, Recollet Street, Montreal, QC, 1868. The left hand image is a detail from the big picture.|
My father also retold the story in his biography of Arthur Murray Cudmore (1870-1951), part of Chapter 7 of For the Love of the Land: The History of the Cudmore Family, compiled by Elsie Ritchie in 2000.
A man broke in [at home] but was disturbed by the family returning. The intruder took refuge under a bed on the upper floor, but his hiding place could be seen from the doorway because of a mirror. “Arthur, get your gun!” urged his wife. “You can’t shoot a man when he’s under a bed”, was the reply. Rather than await the outcome of the debate, the burglar jumped through the window, slid down a connecting roof and made his escape. The few pieces he had taken were recovered later.
|The house of my great grandparents at 64 Pennington Terrace North Adelaide. Photograph from Google Streetview.|
The incident was reported in the local newspaper, though the story was a little bit different from my father’s account.
|ROBBERIES REPORTED CLEARED UP (1931, July 7). Advertiser and Register (Adelaide, SA : 1931), p. 9. Retrieved from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article35671047|
|HOUSEBREAKING ADMITTED (1931, July 16). Advertiser and Register (Adelaide, SA : 1931), p. 10. Retrieved from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article35673028|
Six years later there was another burglary from my great grandparents’ house.
|THIEVES POSE AS PLUMBERS (1937, May 27). Chronicle (Adelaide, SA : 1895 – 1954), p. 44. Retrieved from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article92483295|