In the Anderson Democrat, he accused both George and Caroline Hilligoss of selling whiskey illegally from their drug store in Lapel. He planned, he said, to ask Caroline Hilligoss where Spiritland was because she had been heard telling someone that she had shipped a pair of ponies to her children in Spiritland. He also accused the couple of being pretentious liars.
While they boasted of having the statues of their children carved in Florence, Italy, he could prove that the statues had instead been carved in Anderson by an artist that the couple kept in seclusion. (That charge the Democrat quickly debunked. Local citizens had seen the statues being carved while on a visit to Italy.)
Beth Oljace works in the Indiana Room at the Anderson Public Library. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.