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Time Capsule: A U.S. marshal breaks ‘hearts’

The Star

May 18, 2017 12:48 PM

Originally published in The Kansas City Times, the morning Kansas City Star, on March 14, 1941.

“Henry L. Dillingham was just following orders yesterday when he started smashing ‘hearts’ with a hammer. Said the United States marshal: ‘This is the first time I ever had to use a hammer to break a heart. In my younger days, I never needed a hammer.’

“Jack Webb, deputy United States marshal, is at the left in the picture, using a monkey wrench to assist Dillingham in the heart-breaking job, which consisted of smashing five electrical ‘mechanical hearts’ that Judge John Caskie Collet of the federal district court had ordered destroyed after a recent hearing.

“Judge Collet held that the literature accompanying the gadgets, claiming remarkable curative powers for them, was misleading. A sixth ‘heart’ was retained by the Kansas City office of the pure food and drug administration for exhibition purposes.”

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