His kindness was the doom of the shopkeeper - and his hair-style.
The shopkeeper was a victim of the so called Molasses-Gang. The gang robbed small shops in the 1870 with alsways the same trick:
Some of the criminal-crew stepped in the shop. One of the crew-members took of his felt hat- After taking off the hat, he offered it to the owner of the shop. thes made a bet. The bet was: How much beet syrup fits in the hat? After their pleading to fill the hat with syrup, they placed the hat on the owner's head. Consequently, the owner was not able to act. The gang robbed the contents of the cash register and what else they could wear.
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