Wednesday, April 24, 2013


Hagåtña, March 1917.

Missus X owed Mister Y seventy-five cents.  I suppose that in 1917 that could have been a significant amount for many Chamorros who did not have salaried jobs.

But Mister Y decided to force Missus X to hand over the 75 cents by kidnapping her baby.

The kidnapping lasted for less than a day, as the baby was found before the day's end, and Mister Y was somewhat thankful for it, as the baby under his "care" refused all food he tried to give it.

What is most amazing is that the police didn't arrest Mister Y.  The baby was returned to the mama; the judge declared the debt cleared and that was that.

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