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FRENCH GOVERNMENT TO GO THE LIMIT TO CAPTURE
OR KILL THE "PHANTOM BANDITS"
Paris,' March 26. At a special
meeting of-the cabinet called 'to
day it was agreed to ask the
chamber of deputies to ippropri,
ate $159,000 to run down the
The whole city is terror strick
en over yesterday's three daring
murders, and the helplessness dis
played.by the police. No man or
woman feels safe upon the streets
of Paris or its., environs.
I The banking houses of the city
have stationed armed 'special of--ficens
at their, doors and in their
corridors. The employes are
working with rapid fire revolvers
within reach. All have lost con
fidence in the ability of the police
to protect them.
The" rapidity with .which the
bandits work, the sure certairttj
-with which they carry .out their
crjmes, and -the ..compjetcnpss
with which they disappear after
wards, is almost beyond believe.
After the slaying of the1 two
watchmen and the looting of the
Chantilly bank yesterday, the
bandits drove off in their -stolen
high-power automobile toward
They were sighted by a squad
ol police mounted on motor cy
cles. The police pursued. The
robbers shook them off, and lost
them, and -half an hour later the
police came upon the stolen auto
mobile abandoned on a wayside 1
There was not a trace of the
robbers. No one could be found
by; the police who had seen leave
the automobile. And although
every road in the Vicinity was-1
scoured by police in automobile
and on motor cycles not a clue as 3
to the direction in which the.
bandits Jtiad gone was picked up;
Late in the evening, however,
they were heard from again.
M. Lepine, the prefect of police,
who recently had the honor of be
coming the first French prefect
of police to be elected a member l
of the Academy, had come down
to headquarters, and was holding
a conference about - the bandits
with-his best men.
The conference was interrupt
ed, by a messenger with a letter.
The, letter was to'M. Lepine. 'He
opened it and turned white.
There was just asingle sheet
of -paper in the envelope.; "On it
were smudged the "imprints" of
three thumbs, and underneath, in
fine script, was written.:
, "Our principles beitfg so high
and honorable that we detect a
contest so unequal, so unfair, as
that which we have set you, M. J
le Prefect, we desire to make the -
struggle more even. -t
"For this reason, we herewith
present to you for vour insDec-
l tion and to aid" you in your fran- ,
tic struggle to capture us, the un- -.
print of the right thumbs of your ;
most humble servants,
"The Phantom Bandits." ;
The scrap of paper with the
smudged thumb prints was pass
ed around the circle of detectives,
and silence came over them. At
last one shrugged his shoulders. "