Old St. Andrews



The Van Horne Robbers



The Van Horne Robbers Showed Unusual Taste in Selection No clue has yet been formed to the robbers who despoiled Sir William's summer residence on Minister's Island. It is thought that whoever did it must have had a good knowledge of the house, and they must also have had a good assortment of keys with them, as nearly every door has a different lock, and almost every door had been opened by the burglars and locked again. Why they should take this precaution is not clear, unless it was to prevent an earlier discovery of the robbery by the gardener, who inspected the house every day. The character of the goods taken is not such as the ordinary burglar would trouble himself with. How many burglars are there who would burden themselves with $400 worth of linen, nearly every piece of which would be marked with the owner's stamp? Or what burglar is it that would take a lot of private writing paper bearing the "Van Horne" stamp upon it? Yet that is what this burglar did, for he or she took nearly all of Sir William's private writing paper and left behind in the same drawer a fine pair of field glasses. The case had apparently been taken out and returned to the drawer again. The silver taken was not of a costly character, the solid silver having been removed to Montreal when the house was closed. Another peculiarity about the robbery is that some rolls of butter that had been left in the refrigerator were taken. It is the general belief that the robbers landed in a boat on the back of the Island and carried their plunder off by the same way.—St. Andrews Beacon, July 5, 1906