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Description: Hard to Straighten Out - Missing Twins FoundDate: October 4 1911
Newspaper published in: Huntsville, AL
Source: Madison Co., AL Library
Page/Column: Page 1, Column 1
HARD TO STRAIGHTEN OUT
Family Mixup That Evidently Was Task
for Only the Mother of Small Twins.
Edward Collins rushed from his home, 800 Cauldwell Avenue to the Morrisania police station at 8:30 at night and said to Lieutenant Graham:
"My twin daughters. Birdie and Mary are lost. They are three years old and they have been gone since 3 o'clock this afternoon. I'm afraid they have been kidnapped."
Just then a policeman came in with a crying child under his arm.
"Found her at One Hundred Sixty-First Street and Morris Avenue," he said.
"She's one of mine," burst out Collins. "She's Birdie. No, she ain't; she's Mary. Say, you ask the mother. I never could tell 'em apart."
"What's your name?" the lieutenant asked the child.
"Birdie--Mary," she replied.
Two boys came in with a second child found at One Hundred and Fifty Eighth Street and Brook Avenue.
"That's the other Birdie--Mary," Collins said joyfully.
"What's your name?" she was asked.
"Birdie--Mary" was the quick reply.
"How can I know those kids apart if they don't know which is which themselves?' said Collins as he started home, a girl under each arm. “I’ll get their mother to straighten out this tangle."