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Sue for Joe
Re: The Matter of the Sick Sealyham
Fri Aug 4, 2017 09:44

Thanks very much Sue, for this further information.

The following is an entry posted by Amy on Michael's board. It's an excerpt from the writings (perhaps diary?) of Marguerite Junge, seamstress at the Morrow household:

"As Mrs. Lindbergh loved to take care of Charlie herself, the nurse Betty Gow would stay behind in Englewood and take the time off for herself during these weekends. Betty was very unhappy about this as Charlie would often catch colds in Hopewell, possibly the climate there did not agree with him, maybe the food. Another little passenger that (usually) went along was the little black Scotty called Skean, Charlie's own dog. Unfortunately, that last weekend before the kidnapping, Skean had just gone for a stroll in the park and Col. Lindbergh could not wait for him to return, therefore the family had to drive off without the dog. This is another fact that so many people do not know and ask puzzled, why that night was the watchdog not sleeping under Charlie's bed? Skean was in Englewood and not in Hopewell."

From the above, it appears Skean was out for a walk on the Saturday that the Lindberghs left for Hopewell. Yet the papers are claiming Skean went to the vet that weekend. Was the newspaper account inaccurate, or was Junge mistaken? Could both accounts somehow be true, ie. a decision to leave him behind based on any signs of an ailment?

There is a simple answer here but it may take a circuitous pathway. How do we reconcile this?

  • The Matter of the Sick SealyhamSue for Joe, Tue Aug 1 19:30
    Besides the Brooklyn Eagle article of March 7, 1932, another source that mentions the sick dog is William E. Barrett's February 6, 1935 letter to Edward J. Reilly. Of the few points that Barrett felt ... more
    • Questions About the DogsSue for Joe, Sun Aug 6 10:57
      Although the text is scrambled, this is what I can see: The March 12, 1932 edition of the Daily Messenger from Canandaigua, New York, page 2: "Where was Accouche, the second dog in the household, on... more
    • Democrat and Chronicle, March 7, 1932Sue, Fri Aug 4 19:22
      "...But in addition the kidnappers are presumed to have had advance knowledge that the watchdog of the two pets in the Lindbergh household was sent to the Princeton kennels, suffering from cold, on... more
    • Re: The Matter of the Sick Sealyham — Sue for Joe, Fri Aug 4 09:44
      • Different Name, Same Dog?Sue for Joe, Sat Aug 5 11:17
        "Acouche" seems to be the spelling of the dog that was not present in the Lindbergh household on the night of the crime. Acouche, and not Skean, seems to be the name of the dog referred to in several ... more
        • Re: Different Name, Same Dog?Joe for Sue, Sat Aug 5 11:44
          I think there was probably a lot of confusion amongst reporters over the dogs' names, and which one was which. Seems reasonable that 'Wahgoosh' might have become 'Accouche' based on someone's... more
      • A Stroll in the ParkSue for Joe, Fri Aug 4 22:42
        What were the circumstances surrounding Skean's "stroll in the park"? Did Skean get Lindbergh's permission to go to the park alone or did he go with the Lindberghs? Taking a stroll in the park does... more
      • Transmission of the Common Cold?Sue for Joe, Fri Aug 4 20:00
        One other thing, Joe. If the sealyham was sick with a cold, could the baby have caught the cold from the dog? Or did the dog pass the cold along to the baby?
      • Another Article about the SealyhamSue for Joe, Fri Aug 4 19:40
        Here is another newspaper article that mentions the sick sealyham. Again, the date is March 7, 1932. It is an entirely different article for that date from a newspaper in upstate New York -- The... more
      • Re: The Matter of the Sick SealyhamJoe for Sue, Fri Aug 4 10:56
        The previous post was from Joe for Sue!
    • Wahgoosh Useless as a Watch Dog?Sue, Wed Aug 2 19:01
      View the Ebay photo with the accompanying photo description. Reginald Whately, Oliver Whateley's brother, said that the Lindbergh dog (appears to be Wahgoosh) was "useless as a watch-dog."... more
    • Sealyham Developed a Canine AilmentSue for Joe, Tue Aug 1 20:26
      "A tragic coincidence lies in the fact that on the night that little Lindy was taken from his crib the Sealyham terrier, that had guarded the lonely white house on the hill was not there. He had... more
      • The passage about the sealyham can be found in the article called: "Morrow Expressed Fear For Safety of Grandchild" See page 2. Pittsburgh-Post Gazette March 7, 1932 Use the + sign to make the page... more
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