CRIME: Unhappy Horse Thief

Joe Buzzard speaks of his late brother Abe humbly, with a certain amount of family pride. Says Joe: "He was the best derned hoss thief in the country." If Joe is not so good a horse thief as his brother, he is equally persistent. The first time he was caught stealing a horse from a farmer in Lancaster County, Pa. was in 1878. The last time was in 1931.

The Buzzard brothers—they were six—never got on well with the diligent, godly Mennonites and Amishmen of Lancaster County. One Sunday in 1867 a preacher tried...