Amusing and true, this is an article we came across in the New York Amsterdam News, published on June 18th, 1938.
WASHINGTON, June 15 — Residents surrounding Meridian Hill Park, where once stood old Wayland Seminary, telephoned police that a colored man in the nude was roaming through the park. When members of the park police unit arrived, although a thorough search was made of the park, no man could be found. However, the sergeant in charge says he found one pair of pants, one shirt, two shoes, one belt, one hat with the initials B. T. and five dollars in cash. The articles are at the Park Police hearquarters [sic]. No man was found — GONE WITH THE WIND?-ad 197-