Saturday, May 28, 2022


Herriman Saturday: April 5 1910


In the Hermon neighborhood of Los Angeles (here mistakenly spelled Herman), the police are called to pick up a burglar. Henry Muir broke into a house, removed his shabby rags, took a bath and dressed himself in the much better duds he found in a closet before exiting the premises. The article does not mention him stealing anything but the clothes and the use of the facilities.

The writer and Herriman make this into a joke about a fastidious burglar, but of course the reality is more likely that Mr. Muir was badly down on his luck. Desperately needing to clean himself up in order to find lodging and employment, he took the Les Miserables route of justifiable robbery. Not so funny that way...


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