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Odd Wisconsin Archive

The Fiddle That Squealed


More odd things happened in Wisconsin lumber camps than were ever written down, but perhaps few were as curious as the lumberjack betrayed by a violin. This short memoir tells how in 1885 a murderer hiding in the depth of the forest in northeastern Wisconsin was tracked down and identified by his musical taste. In the process it reveals a wealth of detail about life in the woods during the heyday of Wisconsin logging. You can find many more such anecdotes at Turning Points in Wisconsin History.
:: Posted in Curiosities on August 29, 2005
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