In leading up to Arizona's centennial, Feb. 14, 2012, we'll reprint a story or excerpts each day from the Arizona Daily Star or Tucson Citizen archives.
Dec. 8, 1912
A goat, one of the animals who have helped to make Bock Beer famous all over the civilized world, held up Doctor H. E. Crepin yesterday. Although it was a hold-up, pure and simple, the goat took nothing from the physician but his patience - and Mr. Goat took all of that.
Like all other affairs of its kind, the hold-up was the result of an unfair advantage plus a sudden onslaught. The doctor was making a professional call in the south end of the city and had left his automobile in front of the patient's house.
The automobile was all alone, no one to guard it and nothing to do - it is presumed that it finally grew lonesome. In the mute language of distress it sent the C. Q. D. for aid (Morse code distress signal) and soon a rescuer hove in sight. Casting aside all formalities of introduction, the rescuer, who proved to be the goat, assumed charge of the abandoned car and climbed upon the seat. After examining the dashboard carefully the goat gave up in disgust - it was not equipped with a self-starter, and it is just as hard for a goat to crank a car as it is for some other people, so the goat gave up in despair and decided to wait patiently until the physician arrived and assumed his responsibility as chauffeur. (It may be that the goat knew how to start the car but was not a licensed chauffeur under the new law.)
Upon the doctor's return, another war was inaugurated, and according to the war correspondent, the doctor signed the protocol but refused to revictual the stronghold - whereupon the goat withdrew without giving up his arms or dignity.
Doctor Crepin in an interview said that he has often taken dogs to ride, and it is possible that the goat knowing of this considered himself welcome. The result of the affair is a positive statement from the doctor that he will not take any goat, whatsoever, to ride in his car.
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