Clipped From St. Louis Post-Dispatch
VENDOR OF CATNIP BECOMES PIED PIPER OF CATDOM; CAT PARADE STOPPED BY POLICE Infatuated Animals Follow to Sta tion Peddler Accused of Collecting a Crowd. By I.rnsrd W ire From the Xw York Korean of the Pot-Dipatch. NEW TORK. Aug. 19. Hermann Gottlieb, having some knowledge of botany and needing money wherewith to live. left his home early Wednesday with two empty baskets and made his way Into the woods up, in the Bronx, where he proceeded to gather catnip. By nightfall his two baskets were tilled. About 9 o'clock he was going from store to store trying to sell catnip. Now there are many cats In that neighborhood, and when they got wind of Gottlieb and his catnip, they Jumped up at his baskets, rubbed themselves against his legs, mewing, purring and saying complimentary things about him. the procession of cats grew until 80 or 40 were running after him. The great cat parade attracted the attention of persons on the avenue, and they followed. At 116th street Sergeant Higgins arrested Gottlieb and took him to the station house, followed by all the cats and the crowd. The sergeant, Gottlieb and about two dozen cats entered the station house to gether. "What has he done?" queried Lieut Lasky, at the desk. Collected a crowd of cats," said Hig gins. "I don't think there's any law cover ing that." said Lasky. "We'd better let him go." So Gottlieb was put in a patrol wagon with his catnip, driven out of the bor ders of the precinct and turned loose. The cats hung around the station house, and Pete, the police mouser, fought seven of them to a Hnish before th re serves put them out.