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Santa Cruz County History - Films
Santa Cruz Evening News. March 13, 1920. p. 4
THIEF STEALS BILL HART'S BEST SADDLE
It was not difficult for two-gun Bill Hart to "register" anger, impatience, petulance and all around madness this morning in Felton when the terrible truth became known that at some time last night miscreants had entered the stables of Supervisor N. P. Sinnott and made away with that famous gaily caparisoned saddle of the mighty film star, as well as other saddles, two bridles, a double set of blankets and two Mexico McGay ropes belonging to Hart and his right hand man, D. Rollins. The plunder is valued at $350, and Felton is all "het up."
That the thieves were intent only on discommoding the mighty Bill by obtaining his valuables and those of Rollins, was evidenced by the fact that across the field from Sinnott's stable is another barn in which sixteen or twenty other saddles were stored belonging to the Hart company, with the door wide open, and no evidence of any person having entered the premises at all during the night.
Col. C. B. Younger gave it as his opinion this morning that the only thing to do in the present predicament was to wait until the Fourth of July and find out if the knave of last night should try and appear in the Santa Cruz parade, riding triumphantly on Bill Hart's saddle. We immediately suspected County Treasurer J. F. Helms as being a party to last night's depredations because he has often acted as our classiest grand marshal. He denies being in Felton at any time last night, but admits that if there is one thing his two boys would rather have more than anything else in the world, it would be Bill Hart's richly studded saddle.
Copyrighted by the Santa Cruz County Sentinel. Reproduced by permission.