McDuffie solves ukulele thefts

Some time around 2o March 1904, a Hawaiian newspaper reported that the ukulele and guitar shop of Jose Do Espiritos Santos was burgled. Eight young fellows, Hawaiians and Portuguese, where fired upon by a constable as they made their escape — none were harmed, but one was recognised and detective McDuffie  made his arrest the following day.  The two who were caught gave up the others. This was their second visit to the ukulele and guitar shop. In January of the same year they had liberated five ukuleles, five mandolines, and a guitar. In their latest hit, they got four ukuleles, a banjo and a guitar. Most of these were recovered from the shops that had been helping the boys unload their loot, which, apart from ukuleles and lesser stringed instruments, included bags of rice, boxes of soap, other sorted groceries and a revolver. They published the names of all who were allegedly involved.

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