News of Yesteryear

November 1929: Obituary of Rose of Sharon

Photo of champion Rose of Sharon (1926 br. f. by Light Brigade (GB) – Rosa Mundi by Plaudit) as published in John Hervey’s Racing in America 1922-1936, written for The Jockey Club.

“VERSAILLES, Ky., Nov. 8. – The American thoroughbred breeding industry and the turf in particular suffered an almost irreparable loss here today when former Senator Johnson N. Camden’s champion filly of the year, Rose of Sharon succumbed to pneumonia.

A winner in ten of her fourteen starts, which included two seconds, a third and unplaced but once, the prepossessing 3-year-old daughter of Light Brigade – Rosa Mundi, was believed destined to rank with Princess Doreen, My Dear and other great stars of her sex had it not been for her untimely end.

Rose of Sharon’s victories during the present year came in the Ashland, Kentucky, Pimlico and Illinois Oaks, Potomac Handicap and Chicago Test, the latter event a race Mike Hall is alleged to have ducked when connection learned of the filly’s nomination.

Her earnings for the year amounted to $64,069. She went amiss at Laurel about two weeks ago and Trainer Dan Stewart immediately threw her out of training. It was during the trip westward that she contracted the fatal pneumonia.

Rose of Sharon did not start as a 2-year-old but made her record in the 3-year-old class. Rose of Sharon was the only filly ever to have won the Four Oaks. Her last win was in the Potomac Handicap. The filly started in fourteen races, finished first ten times, second twice, third once and was unplaced once. Her winnings totaled $64,069.” (The Washington Post, 11/09/1929)

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January 1937: Boxthorn recovers from bowed tendon, is promoted from Class C to Class A handicaps

Photo of Boxthorn (1932 br. c. by Blue Larkspur – Doreid (FR) by Galloping Simon (GB)) as published in the Los Angeles Times, 11/01/1936.

“Graduation ceremonies, slightly modified as far as the popular concept is concerned, were in order at Santa Anita yesterday. Ed Janss’ Boxthorn was promoted from a Class C to a Class A horse in Mr. Racing Secretary Webb Everett’s latest book on graded handicaps.

Boxthorn never was a Class C thoroughbred from the time Col. E. R. Bradley attempted to win his fifth Kentucky Derby with the Blue Larkspur colt in 1935, but Boxthorn bowed a tendon that summer and went out of circulation.

The chances being only one in twenty that a horse ever recovers from such an ailment to become a topnotcher again, you cannot hold it against Mr. Everett that in the first issue of his grades Boxthorn was found with the C boys and girls.

And in addition to the fact that he hadn’t run for eighteen months Boxthorn was purchased by Janss to become a stallion on his Conejo ranch. He was going into stud. He was supposed to be through with the race track.

But what does this $5000 bargain do but thrive on our “unusual” Southern California weather. He gets to running like the dickens again, wins a Class C six furlongs by six lengths in 1:11 over a dull track, and follows this up with an easy victory in the $3500 San Felipe Handicap, beating some of the best horses at the track. Time, 1:23 3/5 for seven furlongs.

So in the third issue of the graded handicap list which Everett changes periodically Boxthorn has gone to the top of the list occupied by only fourteen others at Santa Anita – Accolade, Firethorn, Indian Broom, King Saxon, Mr. Bones, Ned Reigh, Red Rain, Rosemont, Seabiscuit, Singing Wood, Stand Pat, Time Supply, Top Row and Where Away.

Boxthorn, which has come out of his two races in splendid condition, will now be pointed for one more engagement before his test in the $100,000 added Santa Anita Handicap on February 27.

The $7500 San Antonio Handicap, a mile and one furlong race, will be the test of Boxthorn’s route running ability.

As a 3-year-old the former Bradley color bearer never indicated a desire to go beyond a mile. He raced rankly in the Kentucky Derby after setting some of the early pace, and in the Preakness he was away out in front until the field moved around the far turn. He had nothing left for the last quarter.

After that the Bradley connections placed him in sprint races, and he did well, his best score being made in the Commonwealth Stakes. It was following this victory that he bowed a tendon and returned to the Idle Hour Farm. But now that he’s older Trainer Grayson Philpott believes Boxthorn will run farther.” (Paul Lowry / Los Angeles Times, 01/26/1937)

The 1925 season one of the most disappointing in the history of the U.S. Thoroughbred

“From every conceivable angle the turf season of 1925 was one of the most disappointing in the history of the thoroughbred sport in this country. The year did not develop one outstanding champion and in the class of horseflesh, such as it was, there was no vestige of form.

American Flag, the three-year-old son of Man o’ War, and Pompey, the son of Sun Briar and Cleopatra, were awarded class honors in the three-year-old and two-year-old divisions, respectively. They seemed worthy of such distinction. Samuel Riddle’s great Man o’ War colt, in what little racing he did, had all the others of his class almost as badly whipped as had his illustrious sire during his three-year-old and last campaign. He won the Belmont, third and last of the $50,000 spring three-year-old classics, in a common gallop, yet in time that equaled the Belmont Park track record for the distance.

Yet the fact that American Flag broke down while at Saratoga showed he was a thoroughbred with a fault, which could not be said of his sire. Certainly he was not pounded down in racing. No three-year-old had a milder campaign.

Generally the three-year-olds were a common lot. Silver Fox, of the Rancocas Stable, showed real promise early in the season, but against opposition scarcely up to mediocre ability. The Preakness and the Kentucky Derby, $50,000 stakes that preceded the Belmont, were both won by rank outsiders that would have paid in box car numbers had they not been parts of fields with better horses. Strange to say, both of these horses belonged to Gifford A. Cochran.

Clarence Kummer rode Coventry in the Preakness. This horse was a cripple when he went to the post, and indeed did break down in the stretch, but he was so far in front at the time Kummer was able to whip him home. As a matter of fact, Coventry never would have been so far out in front but for a bad jam at the paddock turn caused by Johnny Maiben with Maid at Arms that piled up and eliminated all the dangerous ones of the field.

Gifford A. Cochran, who took the Preakness with Coventry, also won the Kentucky Derby with Flying Ebony, which he entered at the last moment to provide a ride for Sande. Flying Ebony was right that day and won on merit. But the fact that the horse showed little else all season proves what a rather poor lot the three-year-olds were – bar only American Flag.

Pompey clinched his right to the title in the juvenile division by winning both the Hopeful and the Futurity. He was somewhat lucky not to be disqualified in the Futurity, for he plainly crowded Canter, which in turn crowded Chance Play. Pompey seemed straight at the end of this seven furlongs, though he looks to be a stayer and should be dangerous in the long three-year-old classics of next spring.

Canter is a good colt though an unfortunate one. He looked a real champion in winning the Pimlico Futurity and he looked a champion in Kentucky earlier. Bubbling Over in the Pimlico Futurity could not hold a long lead safe from Canter and proved a sprinter solely. Haste ran such a race in the Futurity.

Mad Play was the champion of the sprinters and a champion that stood out prominently in a poor lot. Of course this is taking nothing away from the game little horse of the Rancocas stable. He usually was burdened with staggering weight, but always he would run as courageously as any horse that ever wore plates.

Samuel D. Riddle, who earned such fame with Man o’ War a few years ago, was the leading money winner among the owners. His success was due solely to the get of Man o’ War and particularly to American Flag’s $50,000 in the Belmont.

Mortensen was the leading jockey of the year. But the real sensation in the riding line was the spectacular come-back of Jockey Earl Sande.” (New York Herald Tribune, 12/27/1925)

December 1908: Broodmare Hoodoo proves a bonanza

“I hope you will have as good success with this mare as you have had with Hoodoo,” said John B. Ewing to Dr. M. W. Williams, of Williams & Bradford, owners of the Adelbert Stud, Hopkinsville, when Miss Crawford was knocked down to him at the Fasig-Tipton sale last week in Lexington, KY.

“I thank you,” replied Dr. Williams, “but to own another mare her equal as a producer is beyond my expectations. If Miss Crawford brings me one-fourth the returns I have had from Hoodoo I shall be highly gratified. Do you know that Hoodoo cost us only $275, and that she has brought us over $40,000? Yes, sir, she has, and another remarkable thing about her history is that she was mated eleven consecutive seasons with old imported Albert and never missed producing a foal.”

The writer, interested at this statement, asked Dr. Williams further concerning the remarkable daughter of imported Darebin and Miss Clay by Hindoo.

“Hoodoo was bred by J. B. Haggin at Rancho del Paso in California,” said Dr. Williams. “She was foaled in 1889 and was sold as a yearling to Pierre Lorillard. For some reason, possibly because of the fact that she is by Darebin and comes from the family of Miss Woodford, Belle of Runnymeade, Hoodoo’s second dam, being a full sister to the once queen of the turf, she was not trained and was put into the Rancocas Stud and mated with The Sailor Prince as a 2-year-old in 1891. Her first foal was a colt in 1892. I do not know what became of him. In 1893 she had no foal. In 1894 she produced Try Again by The Sailor Prince, and in 1895 Rabbit Foot, by the same horse. These never amounted to anything.

In the winter of 1894-1895 Mr. Lorillard had a weeding out sales of the Rancocas Stud, and I bought Hoodoo for $275. In the spring of 1895 I mated her with imp. Albert, which good horse I had bought for $2,500, virtually a song, a short while before. Hoodoo’s foal from this union was Jinks in 1896. I sold her to Capt. W. H. May for $100, and “Bub” May trained her. In two seasons she started thirty-eight times, won eighteen races and won $8,035, but not all of it for Capt. May. He sold Jinks to Pat Dunne for $3,000. From him she passed to Barney Schreiber, then to Sidney Paget and then to W. C. Whitney, who sent her to England in 1902 and bred her to Donovan. The foal in 1903 was a chestnut colt that died. In 1904 Jinks produced Killaloe, by Kilmarnock, and in the season of 1906 and 1907 she won $12,485 for Harry Payne Whitney, and I believe is now in his Brookdale Stud, in New Jersey, along with Jinks.

Hoodoo’s next foal was Mesmerist, in 1897. I sold him as a yearling to A. Featherstone (they were racing then as Bromley & Co.) for $1,250. He was the champion 2-year-old of 1889, winning the Foam, the Double Event (second half) – had been defeated by John Madden’s Prince of Melbourne for the first half. The Dash, the Autumn, the Great Eastern and the Junior Champion were also won by him. In all, he won nine races, three seconds and one third, and $48,175 for his thirteen starts that year.

Mr. Featherstone, as I remember it, refused an offer of $70,000 for Mesmerist in the winter of 1899, and I refused Mr. Lorillard’s offer of $10,000 for Hoodoo about the same time. Mesmerist was a disappointment in 1900 and 1901, made only nine starts during the two years and did not win.

Mr. Featherstone also bought the next four foals by Albert and Hoodoo, they being Mintage, $6,000; Hatasoo, $5,600; Mesmer, $5,800, and Komombo, $4,500. Mintage never won a race; Hatasoo, speedy and reliable, won nine races and $16,675 for her sixteen starts in two seasons. As a 2-year-old she won the Vernal, and as a 3-year-old the New Rochelle, the Clermont, Coney Island Handicap, Swift, Brighton Oaks and Flying Handicap. She has two foals, Raquel and Effendi, racing this year, and the former is a winner.

Mesmer was a disappointment. He raced two seasons, but did not win. Komombo raced five seasons and won five races, yet she did not earn as much as she cost. The late W. C. Whitney paid me $7,700 for Ranger. He raced four seasons and won only one race. P. J. Dwyer bought Albert F., the next foal, for $3,500. He paid his way. Adelbert Belle was the next. Julius Bauer got her for $2,000. She is a winner and is still racing. Carlton was the next. P. J. Dwyer bought him for $2,500. He made his first start this year as a 3-year-old but has yet to win. Spellbound, the last foal from the union of Albert and Hoodoo, is now a 2-year-old. J. L. McGinnis bought him for $2,000, and he has won four races and $1,710 out of eleven starts.

After Spellbound was foaled I retired old Albert (he is now 27, but healthy and full of life), and mated Hoodoo with Ornus, the sire of Oiseau, and I sold her yearling colt by him this year to Joe S. Hawkins for $1,200. I have a fine weanling colt by the same young horse out of her at home, and she is again in foal to Ornus.”

Dr. Williams’ record of the amounts for which the produce of this remarkable mare were sold shows the total to be $42, 150, as follows:

A perusal of the racing guides produces the following for the turf performances of the eleven sons and daughters of Albert and Hoodoo, showing that they have collectively won forty-eight races and $83,310.

In addition to this there are the winnings of Hoodoo’s granddaughters, Killaloe, $12,485, and Raquel, $515. It is one of the very best producing records to be found in the American Stud Book, and probably stands alone for successive mating with one sire.”
(The Nashville American, 12/12/1908)

Red Rain (126 lbs.) tops the 1935 Experimental Handicap

Following a brief suspension of the Experimental Handicap in 1934 due to the retirement of Walter Vosburgh (several outlets did publish their own unofficial rankings), the rankings resumed in 1935 under new Jockey Club handicapper Jack Campbell and have continued uninterrupted to the present day.


“Horsemen of thoroughbred persuasion, as well as lovers of racing, are looking forward to Jack Campbell’s Experimental Handicap for our two-year-olds, which is likely to be published shortly in “The Racing Calendar.”

It will be the official handicapper’s rating of the juveniles of 1935 along the lines of the Free Handicap in England. Walter S. Vosburgh instituted the Experimental Handicap in this country three or four years ago after a number of us had been pleading for it over a stretch of time.

It has been a distinct value for those who like to confirm their own figures, or, in any case, have a means for comparison, while a rating always is popular with the enthusiasts of any sport. The Experimental Handicap is more eagerly anticipated than usual this season because the two-year-olds have been so evenly matched, with no actual standout.

With only three or four stakes of prominence to be run before the season ends in the North, no changes of any importance in the present rating are likely. One, of course, must have the honor, always a questionable one, of heading the list at top weight, and it will be interesting to know on which one Jack Campbell places this distinction. So far as can be judged, there are at least six candidates for the place.

Lester Doctor expressed the opinion on Friday that J. E. Widener’s Brevity was the best, in his opinion, on his brilliant race in the Champagne Stakes, when he beat the Wheatley Stable’s Snark a head. His guess, no doubt, is as good as any, even though Brevity started only three times.

In my opinion, seven of our two-year-olds are not more than two pounds apart. These seven are Brevity, Marshall Field’s Tintagel, H. P. Headley’s Hollyrood, C. V. Whitney’s Red Rain, the Bomar Stable’s Grand Slam, the Coldstream Stud’s Coldstream and Morton L. Schwartz’s Bold Venture.” (George Daley / New York Herald Tribune, 11/17/1935)


List of weights for the 1935 Experimental Handicap:

126 lbs. – Red Rain
124 lbs. – Tintagel; Grand Slam; Hollyrood; Coldstream
123 lbs. – Brevity
122 lbs. – Snark
121 lbs. – White CockadeNed Reigh
120 lbs. – Bold Venture; Crossbow IIBow to MeThe Fighter; Sun Teddy
118 lbs. – Postage Due; Bien Joli; Delphinium; Memory Book
116 lbs. – Forever Yours (f); Triumphant; Jean Bart; Bright Plumage; Maeriel
115 lbs. – Split Second (f); Valevictorian; Infidox; Wise Duke; Black Highbrow
114 lbs. – Deliberator; Little Miracle (f); Beanie M. (f); Parade Girl (f); Seabiscuit
113 lbs. – Banister; Granville
112 lbs. – Bright and Early; Sparta (f); Clocks; Go Home; Mansco; Bow and Arrow; Galsac; Sangreal; Bright Light; Tatterdemalion
110 lbs. – Dnieper; Fair Knightess (f); Brush Hook; Booming Guns; Nedrow; Pharosay; Teufel; Empty Bottle; Mr. Bones
109 lbs. – Challephen
108 lbs. – Proclivity; Pelerine (f); Lemont; Billie Bane; Erin Torch; James City; He Did; Termination; Higher Cloud
106 lbs. – Danise M. (f); High Fleet (f); Maid of Perth (f); Sea Cradle (f); Thatagal (f); Tinkling Brook (f); Gleeman; Pullman; Piccolo; Wha Hae; Transporter; Boston Pal; Down Under; Indian Broom
105 lbs. – Toration; Winter Sport; Mag Mell (f); Ste. Louise (f); Victorious Ann (f); Tony’s Wife (f); Valse (f); Lovely Girl (f); Little Nymph (f); Neap; Faust; Her Reigh; Jair; Jay Jay; Redley; My Colin; Speed to Spare; Fair Stein (f)
104 lbs. – Knowing
102 lbs. – Sir Quest; Grog; War Emblem

*(f) Filly

Overall, sixty-three sires were represented among the one hundred horses weighted, with a total of twenty-two stallions having sired more than one horse on the list. As he did in the rankings of 1933, Sir Gallahad III once again led the list, this time with five horses listed. St. Germans (GB), Toro, and Victorian were next with four, followed by Blue Larkspur, Bull Dog (FR), Diavolo, Whichone, and Wise Counsellor with three. Bud Lerner, Display, Epinard (FR), Hard Tack, High Cloud, Jock, Man o’ War, Pharamond (GB), Polymelian (GB),  Royal Minstrel (GB), Sickle (GB), Sun Flag, and The Porter each had two horses make the list.


“Jack Campbell, official handicapper of The Jockey Club, puts C. V. Whitney’s Red Rain in the proud place at the top in his Experimental Handicap for two-year-olds of the season just closed.

The New York Times, 12/16/1935.

This handicap, which corresponds to the Free Handicap of England, is published in the current issue of “The Racing Calendar,” official organ of the turf’s governing body. Campbell assigns 126 pounds to Red Rain and thereby rates him as the best of his age in training this year.

As a further indication of the evenness of the juveniles of 1935, four two-year-olds are rated two pounds away from Red Rain at 124 each. These are Marshall Field’s Tintagel, winner of The Futurity; Hal Price Headley’s Hollyrood, winner of the Pimlico Futurity; Bomar Stable’s Grand Slam, that beat Tintagel in the Arlington Futurity; and Coldstream Stud’s Coldstream, that ran a dead heat with Red Rain in the Saratoga Special of six furlongs at Saratoga Springs early last August.

Campbell’s ratings of ninety-nine two-year-olds of both sexes are of particular interest to all followers of thoroughbred racing, chiefly as a barometer of that expert opinion which may guide respective owners and trainers of the juveniles involved through the treacherous three-year-old racing seas of 1936. …” (W. J. Macbeth / New York Herald Tribune, 12/16/1935)

August 1947: Quarter horse Barbra B defeats Fair Truckle (GB) in a 2 furlong match race at Hollywood Park

Quarter Horse Barbra B defeats Thoroughbred Fair Truckle (GB) in two furlong match race at Hollywood Park on August 4, 1947. Two months later, Fair Truckle would go on to set a new world record for six furlongs (1:08 2/5) at Golden Gate Fields in October 1947. In the stud, Fair Truckle would become the damsire of Soldier Girl, who equaled the world record for five furlongs (:56 2/5) at Del Mar in August 1964. Photo available from historicimages.com, part number neb63238.


“INGLEWOOD, Calif., Aug. 4 (AP) – Barbara B [sic], champion quarter horse of the Arizona-New Mexico bush tracks, stepped out of her class today and handed a proud thoroughbred, Fair Truckle, a fancy whipping in a quarter-mile dash for a winner-take-all purse authoritatively reported to be $100,000.

The little brown four-year-old filly, bred as a cow boy pony, simply was too fast for the expensive importation from Ireland, owned by the wealthy turfman Charles S. Howard. A wild cheer went up from an estimated 5,000 spectators, as Barbara B [sic] sprinted over the finish line two and one-half lengths in front in 21 3-5 seconds.

It was a colorful crowd, from the southwestern cow country, which walked through the open gate to watch the seldom-if-ever saga of the tracks. Clad mostly in wide-brimmed hats, boots and overall trousers, they occupied the boxes where last Saturday a fashionably dressed movie crowd helped close out the Hollywood Park season.

Aboard Fair Truckle, four-year-old son of Fair Trial by Truckle, was the veteran Johnny Longden. Up on Barbara B [sic], a not so costly importation from the Arizona ranch country, sired by a cheap thoroughbred and whose dam was a $30 mare, was Tony L. Licata, who has been riding Arizona tracks.

Barbara B’s [sic] owner, Roy Gill, of Tucson, was a spectator, but an attack of influenza kept Fair Truckle’s boss, C. S. Howard, in bed. His son, Bob, did the honors for the family.

Melville Haskell, president of the Quarter-Horse Racing Association of Arizona, apparently settled on the $100,000 nature of the purse. “I know it’s $100,000,” he declared, “but I guess the owners didn’t want too much said about that and we of the Quarter-Horse Association don’t either, because we look on this as more of a sporting proposition.”

The elder Howard earlier had spiked reports that his share was $50,000, describing it as “much less.” Each owner had posted a $10,000 forfeit.

Sporting proposition or no, there was plenty of cash in sight. Many of the visitors, from Arizona, New Mexico, and as far distant as Texas, were literally bulging with coin and greenbacks. Thousands of dollars in side bets changed hands. There was no pari-mutuel betting.

Hollywood Park officially took no part in the event, beyond leaving the gate open. The event had been advertised as closed to the public and otherwise the crowd might have been larger.

The race was set from a regulation starting gate set back forty-five feet from the quarter pole, a condition agreed upon because Barbara B [sic] wasn’t used to fancy gates. Before today, her trainer Lyo Lee, had claimed a time of 22 3-5 seconds for her over the quarter, but told reporters he feared the change in altitude from the New Mexico tracks where she had been running might tell on her.

She has been racing only a year, Gill picking her up for $3,000 after her original owners had decided she might be worth more racing than for calf roping. Each horse carried 110 pounds.

Contrary to appearances from the grandstand, Fair Truckle was out of the gate first, but Barbara B [sic] within a few strides grabbed the lead and Licata said he knew the race was in the bag from then on.

Longden was more specific.” (New York Herald Tribune, 08/05/1947)


“A recent composition in this corner dealt with the famous match race of a few years back when the quarter horse Barbra B outlegged the thoroughbred Fair Truckle two days after a regular Hollywood Park meeting.

It was a noteworthy event, for the late Charles S. (for Seabiscuit) Howard put up $50,000 in the belief that his Fair Truckle could fly a quarter of a mile faster than Barbra B, owned by Roy Gill of Arizona.

The cover that concealed the monetary problems attendant to a match race of such fiscal magnitude was pried off for us by Ralph W. Bilby, a well-known Tucson who is attorney and corporation director for the Gill brothers – Roy, Emmett and Adolph, successful and prosperous cattle ranchers.

Fair Truckle had been regarded as the forerunner of jet propulsion. Hailed as the fastest thing on four feet for a quarter of a mile, the Howard charger’s fame spread until it reached the ears of Roy Gill. A few discreet inquiries revealed that Howard was prepared to back his speedster with 50 grand against anything the quarter horse people could come up with short of a motorcycle. Gill promptly cranked up Barbra B.

Scores of Arizona cowpokes and ranch owners immediately beseeched Gill for a piece of his action. He retained $30,000 for his own interests, and let the rest of it out in bets ranging all the way from $50 to $500.

The day before the race Gill telephoned Bilby, who was vacationing in La Jolla, asking him to help him get the bets squared away.

“So I did,” Bilby explained. “Roy handed me a bundle of currency about a foot high. Did you ever try to count out $50,000 in 5s, 10s, 20s and nothing bigger than a century note? Don’t do it unless you get backed into a corner.

I’ll bet I counted that stuff 40 times trying to make it come out even Finally I was satisfied there was $50,000. I took it out to Hollywood Park with me and went over to an armored car we had hired for the occasion.

Pretty soon Mr. Howard’s emissary showed up. He was a suave, sophisticated, well-dressed gentleman who looked as if he had just stepped out of the U.S. Mint. I handed him my bundle. He counted it carefully and finally said, with great dignity, ‘I make 50.’

Then he extracted a thin envelope from his inside coat pocket. In it were 50 new, crisp $1000 bills. I determined not to let this guy make me look like a big hayshaker from Arizona, so I made a neat pile of them and replied, ‘I, too, make 50.’

As you know, Barbra B won by about two lengths. Outside was the armored car with $100,000 in it. I figured we’d leave it right there. But the moment the race was over, most of the people who had a chunk of Roy’s bet came up and demanded their money.

So out to the truck we went and I counted out what each man had coming to him. In the meantime, the armored wagon had departed and I had about $65,000 left. I put it in an envelope, stuck it in my pocket and we made for the nearest establishment specializing in liquid resuscitation. Well, one revitalizing led to another. Heaven only knows how many different spots we checked size and quality, but I recall we reached our hotel about 3 a.m.

Early the next morning I opened one eye. It was quite a trick, all things considered. Then panic set in and I hit the floor with both feet, grabbed for the light switch and tried to think what I’d done with the 65 grand. You know where it was? In an envelope on top of the dresser about eight feet from a door we’d forgotten to lock. I died a thousand deaths waiting for the bank to open so I could deposit it to Gill’s account in Tucson.

But if my nerves were a little quick then, you should have seen them when I picked up the morning paper. On the front page was a story about a grocer who had been killed that very night for a lousy 500 bucks. What do you suppose they would have done to me for $65,000?”
(Ned Cronin / Los Angeles Times, 05/09/1955)