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Songs and Stories
     September 30, 2019      #56-273 SsK

Looking Back: Horse thieves’ Hideout

Mirando hacia atrás: escondite de ladrones de caballos

By Jack Klasey

Editor’s note:
 This is the third in a four-part series about the Grand Kankakee Marsh. The final part will appear next weekend.

When he finished filling a shallow grave at the Lake Village, Ind., cemetery in March 1869, an anonymous gravedigger smacked his shovel blade down on the sandy soil and delivered what had to suffice as a eulogy for the dead man:

“There you are, Mike Shafer, and may the devil make you dance a hornpipe on the hottest griddle there is in hell.”

Obviously, the ...

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