Clipped From Alton Evening Telegraph
Eludes Police Vigil Pooch-Pincher Putting Bite on Beagle Owner A St. Louis beagle Is being held for ransom, and Alton was eslgnated as a payoff site. But the dognaper failed to show at the appointed time and place, and Alton police watched the spot n vain. James Duban of St. Louis told Alton police Wednesday that an anonymous caller had demanded 15 for the return of his dog, and said he would be waiting at the Alton end of the dark Bridge at 3 p.m. Wednesday. An Alton pol- ceman was sent to the spot, but the man with the dog did not ap- pear. Duban said he had lost his beagle in St. Louis County last week, and on Friday he received a call demanding $5 for the return of the dog. He said he could not pay the money, and the man hung up. Wednesday he received another call, with the money increased to $15 and a meeting place named. He asked Alton police for assistance, saying he wanted hia dog back but did not want to pay $15 for it. The next move is apparently up to the dognaper.