An article in the Nov. 30, 1912, edition of The Argus reported an impersonator was a thief in disguise.

Baltimore detectives and the police of Catonsville are searching for a man who has been misrepresenting himself to the residents of Catonsville as an agent of the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals and also of a large nursery firm.

The stranger made his appearance in Catonsville about a week ago. When he left the residences after a visit, articles were missed in each place. The man is thought to be the same person who has been operating in other Maryland towns.


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Samuel Turner, colored, was held for the action of County Court, by Justice Hoffman, Tuesday, charging with assaulting with intent to kill Charles Rogers, also colored, in a fight Monday night in Bloom's saloon at Paradise. Turner is charged with slashing the throat of Rogers with a knife.


Mr. John Watson, Jr., the well-known local attorney, exhibited at The Argus office Monday a mammoth white radish of the Japanese variety, weighing over five pounds, which he raised at his home on the Old Frederick road.


Miss Esther Merson, daughter of Mr. and Mrs Mortimer Mercen, was badly scalded Sunday at her home on Winters avenue when a tea kettle she held slipped from her hand. The contents splashed over her body and limbs.


Ground was broken Saturday at Halethorpe for the new Catholic Church which will be erected in that suburb. The first shovelful of earth was turned by Master J. Shelton Hull, Jr., and the new edifice will be known as St. Clement's Church.

The congregation was organized by Rev. James Holden, of St. Jerome's Church, Baltimore, several years ago and has steadily grown. Recently Cardinal Gibbons placed Rev. John L. Sullivan in charge, and the new edifice is being erected under his supervision. The corner-stone will be laid on Sunday, December 8, at 3 P.M.

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An article in the Nov. 26, 1937 edition of The Catonsville Herald and Baltimore Countian commended a telephone operator whose quick thinking prevented significant damage to an unoccupied car repair shop.

To Mrs. Evelyn Schatz, night operator at the Catonsville telephone central office, goes the commendation of the community for her alertness and prompt action which led to discovery of the fire at Peters' Garage last Sunday morning.

Shortly after 6:30 A.M. Mrs. Schatz, on duty at the switchboard, noted a signal light burning that indicated some unusual difficulty with a telephone pay station at the garage. Mrs Schatz immediately rang another telephone in the garage office. Receiving no answer, she called the Catonsville Police Station. Prompt investigation by Patrolman Smith resulted in discovery of the blaze, which was already of serious proportions and might have resulted in considerable loss to surrounding property had not the alarm been so promptly turned in.

Catonsville, Halethorpe and Woodlawn fire companies soon reached the scene and worked so efficiently that the blaze was confined to the interior of the garage.


Irvin L. Meekins, 19, who died on November 22 in St. Agnes' Hospital of injuries received in an accident which occurred on the Dogwood Road near Woodlawn on November 20, was buried on Thursday at 2:30 o'clock.

Meekins received a fractured skull and facial wounds when his car struck a pole on the Dogwood Road about 9:30 P.M. last Saturday. He was taken to the hospital where he died on Monday.