In another, the gasser was spotted and described as being a woman dressed as a man.
Police speculated that the cloth might have been left on the porch by the gasser to knock out the family dog.
Other stories proliferated: the gasser was a mental patient, an inventor testing a new discovery, kids pulling off a prank, or even an ape-man, a theory that came from a long history of reported Bigfoot-like sightings in central Illinois.
Designed by Austria's Leopold Gasser, the revolver chambered a tapered 11mm (also called 11.
In 1878 Franz Joseph's military establishment issued small numbers of a 9mm revolver designed by Alfred Kropascheck and Johann Gasser to its gendarmerie, but for the most part the 1870/74 remained preeminent.
The Model 1898 Rast & Gasser was designed by August Rast and manufactured in Vienna at the Gasser factory.
The Austro-Hungarian army needed a more modern sidearm, and as it had for the past 30 years, it looked to the Gasser firm to supply it.
98 was designed by a Gasser employee August Rast who, in 1903, became a partner in the firm, the company's name then becoming Waffen-fabrik Rast & Gasser.
In 1936 he played for the first Junior Gassers team managed by Deal.
For the Gassers in 1943, Cal played as a seventeen-year-old pitcher and outfielder against service teams stacked with professionals.
The funny thing is, once we start running they'll start grading us on the gassers
Even so, one must admit that the Austro-Hungarian Model 1870 Gasser revolver might have represented an extreme example of this ethos.
Austrian gunmaker Leopold Gasser began making firearms in the mid-1800s, and though he died in 1871, his company was successfully continued by his son Johann.
K Hof-und Armee-Waffenfabrik was established by Leopold Gasser (1836-1871), a gunsmith who settled in Vienna and opened his first factory in 1862, where he produced firearms for hunting and target shooting.
In 1873 Gasser introduced a new design which, while it still utilized the Lefaucheux trigger mechanism, had a solid frame and did away with the cumbersome ejector rod on the side of the barrel.