Tuesday, February 2, 2016

On This Date in Minnesota History: February 2

February 2, 1911 – Representative John P. Nash of Minneapolis, author of the bill introduced in the house several days ago punishing highway robbery in the first degree by life imprisonment, has received an anonymous letter threatening his life. The following letter was received today:

“I am just going to hold you up and I am going to have you watched and if you carry a gun you will be pinched by the police, as we will put them on. Easy to do this, as they help us often. So you better kill your bill now before trouble comes your way.”

The letter was signed with a colored drawing of a revolver.

Minneapolis Morning Tribune; “Solon’s Life Is Threatened. Anonymous Letter Tells Mr. Nash He Had Better Withdraw Holdup Bill.”; Feb. 3, 1911; p. 1.

Photo taken by Pamela J. Erickson. Released into the public domain Feb. 2, 2016,
as long as acknowledgement included.

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