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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, April 24, 1912, Image 6

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"PHANTOM BANDITS CHIgF WINS IN BATTLE WITtt
100 DETECTIVES KILLS POLICE OFFICIAL
,
Twenty-three Deaths Now Credited to-Outlaw Tribe' Who Have
. " ' ' Terrorized Paris for Months,
Paris, France, April 24 Bon
not. "chief of the "Phantom Ban-
dits," who have kept Paris in ter
ror for months, triumphed over
the entire police fp'rce of the city Arid then thVdoor of the house
openea, ana -oonnor jiunseii 5100a
upon tne porcn.
todav.
For weeks, the .polie have heen
closevon Bonnot's'frail. Twice he
was founded up, and every prep
aration made for his capture, and
twice he slipped through the
fingers of the police at the last
moment. - - S
Today, he did not slip through
their fingers. He came ciit jn the
open and fought, and Assistant
Chief of Detectives Jouin is dead,
his colleague Collmar is' mortally
wounded, nd Bonnot still is at j
large- . . ,. -
Bonnot was known,-to he hvjuig
in a guiet hqarding'Tibuse in the
eastern section of the .city, today.
One hundred detectives were as
Signed to capture him. .
Jouin and Collm'aY, veterans of
the'polict department, men hon
ored for the high excellent of
their 'work, themselves decided'to
takefharge of the capture.
Because or the heavy o'dds1, it
was riot thought" Bonnot tvould
offer much resistanceY jtwas
thought that the; chief -of the
"Phanfom Bandits,,was as good
as in a cell.
- TBe- 6ne hundred' men were-j
Bb'nnotwas khowrftp:be. Ndt a
Jtoohhoie 'y? left J'"es"cape.
Jouin and Collmar,. a soon,as
they were satisfied -with the dYs--position
of their rhenj advanced
upon the hquse. , ri ,
Jouin and- Collmar shouted
aloud in triumph. Bonno,t swept
them a low bow. arid as he did so.
I rew two automatic revolvers.
jouin ieiiuirst, instantiy.-.kille.cL
Collmar fell a moment Jatex
coughing blood. - ,
The one hundred detecttyes
sprang from their places of con
cealment and rushed upon the
miirderer. 7' " v
They got in each other's way
a'rijj in the excitement and confu
sion, Bonnot disappeared as ur
terly as if ht earth hd swallpfc
ed'hirn, . 7 '
The Phantom . Bandits hve
murdered 23 persons 3ince thfey;
began their operations last Feb
ruary, Unlike thfcr ordihary cririi-J
inals, tHy kill ferst arid steal aft
erwards. f" '
Their favorite method is to en
ter at bank on the outskirts of
Pajis; kill every official, and theft
loot the. vaults! ' J ' y ''
They always escape in a'stoTerf
autbriipblle, the "owner" and chauf- -f
fe'ur of which they have killed
The French government has"'
purchased eight of the highest
power aufoinObileJj made, and
appropriated $250,000 to aid, in.

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