March 24 - 1923: Harwich robbers make getaway on train

1953: Cape Cod Thruway proposed
The train station in Buzzards Bay hasn't changed much since these robbers jumped aboard a train here in 1923.

1923: Two burglars flee the Cape aboard a train out of Buzzards Bay

But they lost their loot in a collision in Sandwich

On this day in 1923, two burglars suspected of robbing a general store in Harwich fled the Cape by train from Buzzards Bay after colliding with a truck outside Sandwich.

The unidentified thieves "lost their loot" in the collision, according to the Associated Press, "abandoned their automobile, walked and ran seven miles to the Buzzards Bay railroad station, boarded a train for Boston, parried the questions of a policeman at Brockton and then jumped from the train at Montello and Avon."

The driver of the truck, John W. Toole of Boston, was left unconscious on the road at the scene of the accident. Police found two empty gun holsters, leading them to believe the thieves were armed.

But in their haste to flee, the two men left behind their "booty," which included "jewelry of moderate value and a miscellaneous collection of the more expensive things kept in a general store," the AP reported.

Toole, "when he recovered," told police he was "proceeding at low speed" on the main road just outside Sandwich when a car traveling at high speed collided with his truck, "although he had pulled over to the extreme right of the road."

But the cops can hop on a train too

After the suspected thieves boarded a train in Buzzards Bay, police sent word ahead to Middleboro and Brockton. A policeman boarded the train in Brockton and questioned the men, "whom he recognized by the muddy condition of their clothing," according to the AP. But the men "parried his questions" and the officer decided he did not have sufficient cause to arrest them. One of the men jumped from the train at the Montello station while the second man did the same in Avon, the next station down the line.

1953: "Cape Cod Thruway" proposed

On this day in 1953, the New York Times ran a major story touting the proposal to create a thruway from New York City through  Connecticut and Rhode Island to Cape Cod. Below is the first paragraph and a reproduction of the entire story beneath that.


Backs Fairfield County Route and Proposed Extension to the Rhode Island Line

The proposed route of the Fairfield County Thruway and its extension across Connecticut to Rhode Island at a cost estimated at $200,000,000 was approved today by the Joint Roads, Rivers and Bridges Committee of the Connecticut General Assembly. welcomes thoughtful comments and the varied opinions of our readers. We are in no way obligated to post or allow comments that our moderators deem inappropriate. We reserve the right to delete comments we perceive as profane, vulgar, threatening, offensive, racially-biased, homophobic, slanderous, hateful or just plain rude. Commenters may not attack or insult other commenters, readers or writers. Commenters who persist in posting inappropriate comments will be banned from commenting on