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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, April 09, 1912, Image 18

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Special Correspondence.
Paris, April 9. This city is
terrorized by the "Band of Six,"
the most notorious outlaws of the
twentieth century, whose daring
exploits rival those of America's
famous criminals the James
boys, the Youngers, the Daltons.
With high-power motor cars
this gang performs feats of crime
Chuffeur Bonnot, Leader of the
"Pha. om Band of Six."
that surpass even the boldest of
wild-west hold-ups.
A reward of $20,000 is "offered
for their capture. But though
they are reported to be living
comfortably in Paris' the thou
sands ofpolice and detectives on
their trail cannot put their fingers
on them.
A man named Bonnot, an ex-chauffeur,-
is the leader. Their
crimes are committed with the
aid of speedy auto and Bonnot,
one of the best drivers Frarfce has
ever seen, is always at the wheel,
usually with a Winchester be
tween his "knees. The outlaws
are spoken of as "Bonnot's Band
of Phantom Bandits," because
they are daily reported every
where, but never seem to be any
where when the police arrive.
Their method is always the
same. First they spot the "job,"
lay it out in every detail, then
steal a racing automobile, 40 or
50 miles away from the scene of
the attack. The "job" is pulled
off and the men make their get
away in the car, then "throw it
The morning they robbed the
Chantilly bank, 40 miles north of
Paris, they stopped a brand new
automobile, bound for Nice, at a
point five miles south of here.
They shot the , chauffeur twice

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