1902 07 11

1902 July 11th       Salisbury Man’s Ingenuity

A Salisbury man, writing to a contemporary, tells of an ingenious way in which he has protected himself from bicycle thieves. “Under the saddle of my machine,” he says, “I have fixed an electric battery, which I have connected with my lamp and bell. The unscrewing of the bell, or the lifting of the lamp, releases a spring, thus affecting a connection with the battery, and I defy any man to let go of the bell or lamp until I arrive to show him how to do it. I have caught two rascals within a month, having arrived on the scene on each occasion to find a man stamping and swearing, and screwing his face most hideously, but meanwhile clinging to my lamp with an enthusiasm pathetic to see. Of course, before telling either captive that he need not hold my lamp any longer, I discussed the weather with him for some moments in quite a friendly way, and invited a policeman to have a chat with him, too.”

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