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Even Without Grease, Pig Is Slippery

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FUGITIVE PIG GRUNTS AT BAY: This light-footed young Hampshire hog eluded three policemen and a number of other pursuers for more than a half hour this morning after jumping off a truck at E. Huron and Division Sts. Above (left to right) Police Officers Michael Scharbat, Duane Bauer, and William Clague close in on the angry pig, which was finally lassoed by Scharbat and sent on its way to a packing-house. Even Without Grease, Pig Is Slippery By David M. Reed Title of "Publicity Hog of the Year" was won this morning by an agile young 250-pound Hampshire boar that vaulted out of a truck and took refuge in an unfinished building at the corner of N. Division St. and E. Huron. Grunting with rage, and showing a set of formidable tusks, the light-footed porker dashed about the site of the construction job, taking full advantage of its obstacle course and giving a demonstration of broken-field running that would have been a credit to any Rose Bowl champion. Surrounded by a cordon of three policemen, two press photographers, one news reporter, the truck-driver, and sundry volunteer assistants, the embattled hog lowered his head, snorted a burst of pig profanity - and charged out twice into the wider spaces of Division St. In each instance, the officers were routed, but quickly reformed their lines to drive the hog back into the building-lot. On one of these occasions, one of the men-in-blue slipped on a spot of ice for a spectacular, though not injurious, crash-landing. It was the masterful hog-wrangling technique of Police Officer Michael Scharbat that finally resulted, after a half hour, in the capture of the surly shoat. With a skillful twist of the wrist and the assistance of a short turn of rope, he lassoed the squealing beast by its hind leg. Application of a little barnyard judo sufficed to keep the animal off its feet until it could be "hog-tied" and heaved back on the truck - which then resumed its journey to the Kappler Packing Co., 3356 Pontiac Rd.