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The  Shelbyville  Republican
Tuesday, November 3, 1914
          John Cutter,  of this city, and a clerk in the Cone shoe store, got some notoriety and prominence last week which he does not care to have repeated until several days have passed at least.  Since his experience, John has been ill about every other day and has not enjoyed a good sleep.
          It all happened because the five men who "stuck up" a Terre Haute pool room, getting away with more than one thousand dollars in cold hard cash, allowed themselves to be caught at Plainfield, Ind., by a wagon load of Indianapolis officers.  So far John does not enter the story.  But his gun is near at hand.
          After the arrest the men told a story of getting the money they were accused of stealing in a game of craps.  They said they had trimmed the proprietor or keeper of the place at his own crooked game and he had then "squealed."  Here it was that some one tipped it off to the police that a man named John Cutter, who said he lived near Marion, Ind., had sold a pair of crooked dice to the man running the game in the Terre Haute pool room.
          And furthermore, one of the men arrested, the man giving his name as Murphy,  said that Cutter had sent him out to show the game keeper how to use the crooked dice.  Cutter's cue.  There he entered the story.  A search was made for John Cutter at Marion.  He was not found.  Then the search extended into other cities and nearby counties.
          And here in Shelbyville, Addison township, county of Shelby and state of Indiana, John Cutter was foud by the sheriff of Vigo county clerking in a shoe store.  The sheriff looked at John and John looked at the sheriff.  To the Vigo county official Cutter looked harmless and unlike a man who sold dice that had been fixed.
          But at that, it took Cutter some time to explain how things were and that he was not the Cutter that was wanted.
Contributed by Phyllis Miller Fleming

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