|The Detroit Free Press, February 14, 1877|
Which, of course, nobody could ascertain at the time as anything but a madman's folly to kidnap a child. Stenicke verified that assumption by playing monkey with the mob. When officers Blakely and Opfer arrived on the scene and tried to reason with him he covered his ears and grinned like a simian at his own antics. If any man tried to climb the wood mountain to save the child old Gotfried, in beast-like fashion, would begin to tear at his hair, beat his breast manically and swing a club in the pursuer's direction. All the while the young Bresher cried bitterly for his mum.
The keystone cops finally designed a plan to leave the scene of the unfurling crime and approach from behind to foil the old fool. It worked, of course, but not before the child teetered perilously close to falling from the mound. His mother managed to maneuver a rescue while the coppers hauled away the fighting mad German, retrieving fresh clothes from the man's home on Benton to replace the ripped and frayed outfit he donned in the scuffle, before transporting him to the Little Sisters of the Poor hospital en route to a final destination at Eloise.