The Seattle Daily Times
January 20, 1937
A big, blond “copper” named Nelson Eddy put his feet up on a chair at the Olympic Hotel today, the way a policeman will in a hotel room, and told about the time he made the strangest arrest on record.
From time to time Office Eddy, who was in plain clothes, would glace at the bright new police captain’s badge, which was pinned inside a topcoat lying on the bed.
Officer Eddy, who is quite well known for his baritone voice—and who, in fact, will give a concert at the Civic Auditorium this evening which will probably start folks calling him “The Singing Cop”—was in Portland, Or., a few days ago, and the chief of police, had admired his work as an officer of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police in the film “Rose Marie,” made him a captain.
Officer Eddy Modest
When asked if this wasn’t pretty fast promotion, Officer Eddy modestly explained that it was due partly to a mistake made in Hollywood, where he served with the Mounties.
“You see,” he said. “I was the youngest sergeant in the whole of the Mounted. Inspector William Grennan from the Vancouver Barracks came down a little to supervise my part in ‘Rose Marie.’ As soon as he arrived he took me aside and pointed out that I only had one star on my sleeve, indicating but five years’ service.
“There hadn’t been a sergeant in the whole history of the Mounties, he said, who had been promoted in only five years, but we’d been shooting for almost two days before he got there, and couldn’t change the sleeve mark. So you see I started pretty young.”
And he’s Nonchalant
That settled, Captain Eddy, who also is a member of the Pacific Coast Association of law enforcement Officers, lighted a cigarette, leaned back in his chair and told about the strange arrest he had made as a young sergeant of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.
And as weird a story as ever was told about the great Canadian wilderness around Lake Tahoe, Calif., it was, too.
“I trailed the villain, Jim Stewart, for quite a while before I finally came to grips with him,” said Captain Eddy.
He was silent for a moment, mediating no doubt about those brave days when he was a young sergeant in the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, and a smile creased his lips and he stared through the blue spirals of smoke from his cigarette.
“I had planned to break his wrist when I arrested him,” said Captain Eddy, in the matter-of-fact voice of a man asking for a theatre ticket.
They ‘Shoved’ The Script
“I was going to break into his cabin, and pull my gun. He was going to struggle with me. I was going to crack him over the wrist, snap the cuffs on him, and then toss him a handkerchief to wipe the sweat from his brow. But as it turned out things were different.
“They changed the script.
“I caught up with him at a place called Lake Tepeep, or Plapeet, or Pletipe, or something. It was supposed to be in the Canadian wilderness. It was near Lake Tahoe, California.
“He was in a cabin there. It was a very isolated place, and the trail in was hard on the horses. They had to carry the cameras.
It was all So Simple
“I walked into the cabin where he was. Pretty soon we walked out together. He had the cuffs on.”
The strange part of the arrest?
“Oh, said Captain Eddy. “It was like this. I couldn’t arrest him there at all. There wasn’t any furniture in the cabin. The carpenters made a duplicate of the cabin down in Hollywood for the arrest. I just put the cuffs on him in the cabin and arrested him later.