A Book Fiend in Distress.
The "Otago Daily Times," Otakau correspondent writes:—" There was quite a sensation m our usually quiet locality on Saturday evening when it became known that the "book fiend' was** again m our midst trying to deliver his books. He called on one of the residents, and meeting the good lady outside the house inquired if a certain party lived there. He was promptly told to be off, but persisting m his inquiries, the lady, after again warning! him, commenced to throw stones to drive him awayi; The 'book fiend' drew a revolver, which he threatened to use ; but, nothing daunted, the lady continued stone-throwing. A neighbor then appeared on the scehe, and finding a man pointing a revolver at a woman, promptly seized a pitchfork and gave chase. The book agent finding himself hard pressed, on reaching a slip panel turned round and fired his revolver, but whether he did so to frighten or injure his pursurers is not known ; at any rate no harm resulted. The husband of the lady then appeared on the acene and joined m the chase, but the agent was by this time close to his buggy, intofwhich he jumed and escaped. • The news soon spread, and on the following morn-: ing all were prepared for a second visit. They were not disappointed m one way, as the agent made his appearance, but as he was extremely civil all hands conten Njed themselves with refusing to take delivery. This course has been unanimously decided on, and if the agent makes his reappearance it is intended to give him a warm reception. I am informed that the husband of the woman, who it is alleged was fired at, has given the; matter into the hands of the polie, so that we may expect to hear more about the case."
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A Book Fiend in Distress., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2546, 17 October 1890
A Book Fiend in Distress. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2546, 17 October 1890
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