Oil Station Man Slugged by Thugs An attempt to hold up a local filling station Saturday night was foiled by the lucky appearance of a neighbor who happened to see the attack upon the proprietor. Chauncey B. Gillespie, who runs the Blue Ribbon Station in the triangle between Geneva Road, Prairie and First streets, suffered an attack by two thugs who used a novel line to take him by surprise. Posing as customers, according to Gillespie, the strangers ordered a quart of oil and while it was drawn both dismounted and one, standing at their victim's right, started a random discussion of the merits of some motor club. With his attention thus distracted, he was suddenly beaten down from behind by the other stranger who must have used a club of some kind, as it took 8 stitches to close the resultant scalp wound, while back and limbs were severely bruised. At this point, Jos. Contori, of 607 Geneva road, made his appearance and both assailants entered their car and drove rapidly off. Contori called a doctor and revived Mr. Gillespie who was eventually taken to his home at 701 Monroe Avenue. he is now able to be about, but was vexed by an inaccurate version of the affair printed in an up-river paper. He now recollects having seen this particular car driving slowly past earlier when bona fide customers were at the station. ------ Posted as a courtesy - not related to nor researching this family.