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OL. XLI NO. 279
ROCK ISLAND. WEDNESDAY. SEPTEMBER 13, 1893.
j Single OoptM 5 Grata
" ni iin vai
is not as cheap as our FALL OVERCOATS
we are selling for
Worth $13.00 to $18.00.
We bought them cheap, and are going to sell
em cheap and quick.
HOT ON THE CHASE
SAX&R1GE, ROCKSLAND, LL.
You can buy school suits almost at your own price. We must unload;
a? we have bought too many goods for the room we have.
For the next 30 days
In Bedroom Suits.
In order to reduce the immense line we
have to make room for other goods we must
sacrifice them. Come at once and secure
the best bargain that was ever offered in the
NN & SALZMANN.
ISJj and 1527
124 128 and 128
pen's Artistic Tailoring.
x'iis Fashionable Fabrics for Spring and Summer have
'Call and leave your order
Stab Block Opposite Hakee House:
- luca'cd in his new ehep,
At 324 Seventeenth Street.
fc: f hcea specialty. Opposite the Oli aland.
LAEQR. TIME, ' MONET
Dse it your own way.
It 13 the best Soap made
For VV ashing Machine use.
WARNOCS & RALSTOH.
Is Life wm-tb Living?
That Depends Vpon Your Health.
Will cure you and keep ycu well.
Kor sale at Ilarper Mouse Pharmacy.
Jolin Volk & Co..
Sash, Doors, Minds, Siding, Flooring
And all kinds of wcod work for builders.
Eighteenth St bet. Third and Fourth avenues.
. F.OCK ISLAND.
Of a Most Audacious Gang of
WHICH CAPTURES NEARLY $20,000,
Shoots a Brave Engineer, and Hies
Away with Its 1 11-Gotten
The II .-M-Cp Accomplished In Territory
That Makes the Authorities Ask "What
Nit?"-o Clue to the Criminals llut a
Swarm of Infectives on the Hunt One
Suspect in Jail Experience of the Mes
senger liclated by Himself Other De
tail. Chicago, Sept. 13. If it had been in Mis
souri, now, or in Kansas or Colorado even,
or west of Chicago, at the least, it would
not have been much wondered at. But
for a train robbery to take place 140 miles
east of Chicago in the state of Indiana,
and all the robbers get away with whole
skins and leave no clue as to who they
arc that is a stunner. More than that:
although the crime was committed shortly
after midnight, on a line of telegraph,
only a few n.iles from a prosperous Hoos
ier town, the news did not get to Chicago
until all the great dailies hail their regu
lar editions out and extras did not appear
uutil some time later.
Got Less Than 20,000.
If the news was as tardy getting to the
police authorities the robbers had time to
spare in covering their tracks. The job was
not particularly profitable, for it can be
positively stated that the total swag aggre
gated only 11,104.. This is to be divided
among not less than ten men, and some
8 ly there were twenty. This season has
not been lucky for this sort of industry,
for death or capture has followed very
closely upon the crime recently, in view of
which fact -1,000 or f2,Xi0 hardly pays for
tiie risk. Another thing that would Ire
aggravating to the robbers if they knew it
is that they missed two bars of gold that
were worth flil.OOO, and that the express
messenger saved j-t,KK) more by hiding it.
One I'.ravc Man Was Hurt.
The engineer of the train showed true
grit and got u bullet in him for the same.
The train was stopped by the danger
sigunl, but when tiie robbers came aboard
and ordered the men on the locomotive to
throw up their hands Engineer James
Knapp showed fight and a shot was fired
at him, the bullet tearing through his
shoulder. The robbers, having control of
the engine proceeded to the work of loot
ing the express ear. It was found after
ward that the switch had not been turned,
but the light only had been changed. If
the train had not stopped it would have
(Missed on uninjured. The train was the
Atlantic express and left Chicago at 7:45
p. m. It consisted of twelve coaches and
hleepers and was in charge of Conductor
M. A. Loup, of Chicago. It carried a large
nuiiilxr of passengers, many of whom
were World's fair isitors returning home.
Locality if the llulcl-lp.
The robbery took place near Kessler,
which is a small station on the Lake Shore
rout) about 14U miles from Chicago, and is
suriounded on all sides with brush. The
story told by Assistant Messenger B. 15.
Hauilin is its follows: "M. M. Weist, the
express messenger on tiie run, and myself
had just about finished checking our way
bills. It was nearly midnight and we had
just jiaised tiie little station of Kessler
when we felt the train first slow up and
then stop. Just then therj came heavy
pounding on the door of our ear which
was closed. Thinking something had
happened about which the conductor de
sired to inform us I opened the door. As
1 did so I saw two men standing on the
ground beside tiie car.
Very ltrady to Take Life.
"One of them yelled, 'Throw up your
hands,' and before I could move he pointed
a rifle at me and fired. I saw the motion
of the gun and threw myself to one 6ide,
and the Hash from the gun almost blinded
me. 1 managed to slam the doors shut
and bolted them. Then some one on the
outside commenced smashing the doors
with a sledge. They kept this up for a
minute cr two, and then stopped. Sud
denly there came an explosion that seemed
to us inside as if a bomb had been thrown
against the door. A moment later there
was another explosion that blew the door
to bits, nlmost threw the car from the
track, and knocked Weist aud I down,
piling baggage ali over us.
lloblicrs two to Work on the Sale.
"Before we could extricate ourselves
several men wearing masks had climbed
into the car. One fellow covered me
with a Winchester rillu and told me that
if 1 moved he would blow my head olT.
Another fellow kept Weist covered in the
same way. They searched Weist and I for
keys to the safe, but could not find any,
and they seemed to believe us when we
told them that the safe was opeued by
men from the oflice nt the end of the ruu.
Then they set to work to open the safe.
With a sleilie they knocked the kucbof
the door, and then they began to drill
holes in it. It took them what seemed
hours to me to do this.
Mighty Uncomfortable Sitting.
"All the while Weist and I were com
pelled to sit still with the muzzles of the
rifles at our heads. The drilling seemed
slow work for the fellows. They talked
but little. A small, stout man, who
seemed to be the leader, directed the work.
Finally they got through drilling and
forced the door open. The man who
seemed to be the leader of the gang took
the money packages and handed them out
to a fellow who stood outside of the car
and who ran into the w oods when he got
Believes He Saw Twentv Men.
"Then the fellows who had charge of us
told us not to move, and then they backed
to the door and leaped out. The rest of
the gang that had been around the engine
and back by the passenger coaches also
rau away, firing their guns as they went.
I saw probably twenty men altogether,
but I do not know that they all belonged
to the gang. The explosion smashed the
car door to bits and almost tore the bottom
out of the car. I do not see how Weist es
caped bejng killed by it. We were both
thrown town and badly bruised."
THE PURSUIT IS VERY HOT.
Detectives Are In Kvery Direction Look
ing for the Gang.
The most important thing about a train
robbery now-a-days is the efficiency of the
pursuit. That sort of crime averages one
a week aud is almost ready to be relegated
to the newspaper limbo of unimportant
items it is no longer novel or sensational
as a general thing. But the capture of
one of the robbers is a piece ot "news.
Whether the press will have the pleasure
of announcing the capture of these desper
adoes is to be settled yet. But the chase
has opened up right lively. As soon as
the villains had secured the booty they
plunged into the brush. From there it
Tras easy to scatter and reach half a dozen
jarge places in a comparatively short time.
They had to be quick about it, for the
railroad and express officials at once noti
fied the police in all cities from Chicago to
Cleveland, and the citizens in the vicinity
of the robbery formed posses to hunt down
the bandits. It was reported that five
men suspected of having been implicated
in the crime were under arrest. The sheriff
of Noble county orga ized a posse of 100
mon and began a systematic search of the
surrounding country. Every train and
hamlet for miles around was notified to
watch for the thieves. It was thought
that the robbers would endeavor to escape
to Chicago or Cleveland, either of which
places tbey could reach by daylight by
trains on other roads. Some of the Chi
cago police officers are of the opinion that
the job was done by professional safeblow
ers. Wi thi n two hours of the com mission of the
crime Captain Byrne was on his way to the
scene with a detachment of detectives from
his Buffalo district. The first trains out of
Pittsburg, Cincinnati, Toledo, Detroit,
Indianapolis, Chicago and St. Louis
carried squads of detectives in the employ
of the United States Express company and
the confederated companies. The Lake
Shore threw a force of men ou the work
from its Cleveland office, so that not less
than 100 trained detectives are already on
the trail of the robbers.
The express company's officers are per
fectly well satisfied that the robbery was
committed by expert safe-blowers who
know the use of dynamite and just how to
get at, the vulnerable spots in the safe.
This, i:i their opinion, ought to make the
chase more certain toend in the capture of
the robbers and the recovery of the money
than would otherwise be the case. Detec
tive Mullam-y. chief of the secret service
of the K'lke Shore road, believes that the
robbers are concealed in the swamps of
northern Indiana, and has so published in
all local newspapers along the line of the
Lake Shore railroad between Elkhart, Ind.,
and Toledo, O.
PANIC AMONG THE PASSENGERS.
A Wild Hush to Hide Valuables That Were
Not in Danger.
During the robbery the passengers on
the train were in a state of wild excite
ment. Women fainted and men hid their
valuables under the car seats and in their
shoes and in any place suggesting safety
from the robbers' search. Only a few of
the passengers were armed, and as the
bandits on the outside had "the drop" on
any person who might show himself at
door or window, resistance was not much
considered. However, the robbers con
tented themselves with plundering the ex
press car and did not molest the passen
gers. They evidently were not after the
passengers' belongings. The fact that only
the express-car was attacked and that a
train carrying an unusually large sum was
selected argues superior know ledge of the
express busiuess or rare good luck on the
pait of the robbers.
Engineer James Knapp, who was shot
by the train robbers, was taken to his home
at Toledo upon the arrival of the train at
that city, and physicians were called. It
was found that the bullet penetrated his
right side near the shouider. He had a
very close call, and the robber evidently
shot to kill. The physicians say that
Knapp is not in danger and will be all
right in a few days.
Express Messenger Weist told a United
Press reporter at Toledo the same story as
his assistant told in this city, but said that
it took the robber who handled the drill
"over half an hour to do the job. During
the time that the fellow was working on
the safe there were several of his pals out
side at the door of the car, also armed with
Yiuchesters. Xo help arrived on the
scene uutil the robbers had made their
escape. I could not see whether they had
horses or not, but I suppose they had."
The porter of the sleeping-car liigaknew
something was up because the train never
stops at the place where it was held up.
The conductor came to him before it had
stopped and said: "Lower your lights a
little aud don't make any noise. The
train is held up and the devil is to pay.
Don't alarm the passengers, and keep the
doors locked and we may be able to keep
theui out of this part of the train." When
ever a head was seen out of a car window
the robliers on guard would send a bullet
in that direction.
They Don't Tackle I'm.le Sam.
St. Louis, Sept. 13. Instructions have
been received at the sub-treasurv here
from the treasury department to suppress
auy information concerning the circula
tion of money. Heretofore the United
States sub-treasury has made public the
amount of daily receipts. It seems that
the numerous train robheries of recent
date h& e suggested some apprehension
for the "safety of government funds in
transportation, and the order was issued,
Think They Have a ltobber.
Pei:i", Ind., Sept. 13. A man giving the
name of C. A. Bulden, of Pocahontas, Ida.,
arrived here and was arrested on suspicion
of being one of the Lake Shore train rub
bers nt Kendalisville. He came in over
uhe Wabash railway during the night on a
freight, and from general indications and
careful search the police are confident they
have one of the men or a decoy sent this
way by the robbers.
Record of the National Game.
Chicago, Sept. 13. Following are the
Mores reported of League base ball games:
At Chicago The home team had four runs
to Boston nothing when iu the last half of
the fifth inning the game was stopped by
rain postponed; at Baltimore Pittsburg
13, Baltimore 2; at St. Louis Brooldyn 3,
St. Louis 1: at Cleveland New York 5)
Coffin Is Still a Republican
Fort Dodge, la., Sept. 13. L. S. Coffin,
who was nominated for governor by th
Prohibition Republicans Sept. 5 while ab
sent from theBtate, has issued a letter
declining to accept the nomination. He
declares his adherence to prohibition and
dissatisfaction with the regular Republican
platform, but holds that it is better to re
main within the party and reform it than
to go outside and attempt its destruction.
The Prohibition Central committee will
probably select Dr. Emory Miller, of Des
Moines, to take the place refused by Mr
Propagating a Foreign Tongue.
Pittsburg, Sept. 13. The general con
ference of the German Methodist Episcopal
church in session in Allegheny has adopted
resolutions that English services, which,
are now being held in several churches
Suuday evenings, would do more harm
than good, aud in the future the .services
must be entirely in German.
Work for the Unemployed.
Chicago, Sept. 13. About 800 of the men
who were registered at the booths at Lake
Front have been put to work on the streets
and alleys of the city. A notice was posted
to the effect that to get work men must bo
citizens. In addition to the force set to
work on the streets about 900 men were
given work on the drainage canal.
Colorado Banks ltcsume Payment.
Denvku, Sept. 13. Two more Colorado
banks have opened for business after
several weeks' suspension. They are the
Western national at Pueblo and the
Bank of Florence at Florence. All the
failed Pueblo banks are now doing busi
LIVE STOCK AND PRODUCE MARKETS
Chicago, Sept. U.
Following were the quotations oa the
Board of Trade today: Wheat September,
opened tKVac, closed 09jc; October, opened
CSc, close 1 7Jc; December, opened 71?o.
close t TaVfec. Corn September, opened 41 He,
closed 42Xc; December, opened lc, closed
43c; May, opened 45ic, closed 40nc. Oats
Sep:ember, opened 2dJ4c, c osed 27?c; Oc
tober, opened Iti-V?, closed - 2"Hc; May,
opened 3lWc; closed Shfi. Pork Septem
ber, opened $lifa closed S1U3J; October,
opened, $14. K5, closed, $14.M0; January,
opened $13.75, closed $14.1W. Lard Sep
tember, o cried f S.tM, closed $8.02.
Live Stock: The prices at the Union
Stock yard today ranged as follows:
Hogs Estimated receipts for the day, 17,000;
Quality not so good; left over, about 5.000;
market rather active on packing and shin
ping account, and the bulk of me offerings
disposed of; opened steady at Monday's flg
urei; later ruled woaker with p rices fa vor
injt buyers: rales ranged at $t.7;&5.9J pies."
5.8Jiyi.tJ light. S5ja.t rough packing,
$j.S0!,6.2j mixed, and 8i.5UvAtj.Ui heavy
packing and shipping lots.
Cattle Estimated receipts for the day
7,Wjj; qual ty fair; market rather active
on lo. al ami shiippng account and prides
were well maintaiued; range! at ti.Oi
5-4"J choice to extra shipping steers,
J4.30 4.SW good to choice do.,3 i3.7J
4.25 fair to good, 13.30 3.55 com
mon to medium do, S2.85&8.50 butch
ers' steers, $2.0j&2.75 stockers, $!.5O&3.00
feeders, .4i3iJ cows. I2.25a3.1u heifers,
fl.5i6A5o balls, Texas steers,
Ji503,38 western rangers, and $J.5U35.S0
Sheep Estimated receipts for the day,
ll.ouO; quality fa r: market rather active
on local and snipping account and
prices well supported; quotations ranged
at f 2.003-3.511 par WJ lbs. Westerns, Sl.W3S.l0
Texas, il.lKJji4.2j natives and JS.75.&5.25
Produce: Butter Fancy separator, I4a
Sic per lb; fancy dairy, SJ'.'ic; packing
stock, Uc. E-ijjs Froaa stock. He per dos,
loss off. Live poultry Sarins chickens, 9a
per lb; roJstTS, 3; turkeys. U&llc; ducks,
tfc; geese, S-XuuifciUKJ per doz. Potatoes
Wisconsin Kuse. 7jc per bu; fancy, 7Sc;
home grown, $l.iJil.2j per lH-bu sack.
Sweet potatoes Jersey, S-i.uJ per bbl; Bal
timore, SJ.VJ.SJ. Apples New, lair to
choice, $2.0Uijti.7i per bbl. Hoary tVhito
clover. I-lb sections, lz-a j, broken comb,
luc; dark comb, goodcoifJitioa, lOjiicfex-'
Xew Yohk, Sept, 12.
Wheat October, 73H373vic; November,
75!4S7oic; December, 7ti&77M; May, SJc
Corn No. 2 easier an I less active; October.
t9Hic; December. 50$c. Uye Quiet and nom
inal; western, 4t:iolc. Oats No. 2 dull
and steady; state, 3T(&llc; western, 3iHJ
41c; Oc:ober, 3;. r"ork Moderate de
mand and firm; new mess, 51.1516 50.
Lard Qu;et an . firm; steam-rendered,
The Local Markets.
New oate S-it(5 -4c.
Uay Tiroothv.SluiOSlO.oanipland. JS.002i9.00
slcuia, J6.0O&S7.00: baled. llO.OOaa.OO.
Bntter Fair to choice, 22 !i K2.23C ;creamery,S5c
Etrcs Freeh. 124c.
Poultry Chickens, 13c; turkeys LX; ducks
l'-Kc; geese, 10c.
rnriT i-o Ve.istabi.ee .
Apple f 3 001.25 per bbl.
Onion 7"e per hit.
Turnips 4uc per bu.
Cuttle Butchers pay for cirri fed ster
4T-li-ic; cows aud nuifcis, SH&Sc calva
iT 15 THE PEOPLE
AND NOT THE TESTIMONIALS