MONKEY BUSINESS IN INDIA SENDS THE CULPRITS TO U.S. (1952)

MONKEY BUSINESS IN INDIA SENDS THE CULPRITS TO U.S.

Reuters
November 4, 1952

CALCUTTA: City police have decided to end the monkey business going on in suburban Hastings.

The exclusive residential area has been terrorized by a band of 500 monkeys, which have been making organized raids on kitchens, searching for food, smashing crockery and making off with ornaments, fountain pens, underwear and even spectacles.

The police have just put the finishing touches on a plan to deport the monkeys as “undesirables” to the United States, where they will be used for medical research.

The fashionable Ordnance Club in Hastings — whose membership is ordinarily open only to those those simian ancestry is suitably remote — has been forced to enter into an unwritten agreement with the monkeys, allowing them free use of the swimming pool on Tuesdays. The pool is cleaned Wednesday mornings and thereafter watchmen armed with sticks see to it that monkeys keep their part of the bargain.

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