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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, April 03, 1912, Image 2

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fire away whenever heTias a mind
to let daylight through a man.
These are the facts upon which
they based their answer:
On' March 18, John Taylor,
alias Gray; John Dowd, and
Charles Motley, escaped convict
murderers, held up the Blunt
family near Springfield, and forc
ed the son Roy Blunt to leave his
young bride and drive them to
wards Omaha.
Several posses had completely
surrounded the bandits, and it
was only a question of time when
they would have been forced to
leave Blunt and run involuntarily
into the arms of Omaha police.
Back of them were John Briggs,
chief of police of South "Omaha,
his special deputy, John Trouton,
and Sheriff Hyers of Lincoln.
They had long range rifles; the
convicts couldn't put a hullet any
where hear therti.
Sheriff Hyers raised his rifle to
fire. .Witnesses testified that
they begged him not to shoot, be
cause the convicts were holding
Roy Blunt betwen them andAthe
posses., ,
These witnesses also said that
Hyers replied: "To hell with
Blunt; we know our business."
The next instant Briggs
brought his gun to hjs shoulder
and bang! Poor Roy Blunt fell
over dead.
Hyers followed with his delay
ed shot and Tayldr tumbled' over
Dowd shot himself. Charles Mor
ley, badly' wounded, and-covered
with guns, surrendered.
"J 'The jury on 'March 30 held
Briggs. for the unnecessary "kill
ing., of Ray, Bljmt Hyers and
Trdutbh are nartted as accessor
ies. v
The farmers who aided in run
ning down the convicts have of
fered their Share of the $1,800
wardto Mrs. Blunt, widow of the
slain man. Briggs arid Hyei-s,
who will alsohare in the reward,
have not indicated that they will
do likewise. ,
The substance of the jury's ver-7
diet 'is : thatan office- of the law
has the fight to shoot to protect
innocent livest or to prevent the
escape of the criminal, but that
irt preventing an escape he must
Use common sense in shooting -at
innocent and invqluntary by
standers; that it is better. toVlet
some other policeman get the
honor and reward for making the
arrest than to be 190 free with the
nrearms'airtd.thereby kijl an inno
cent person. -
Five thousand striking carpen
ters will have returned to work
here by tomorrow morning, ac
cording to the 'union officials to
day. Contracts, with independ
ent employers have been signed
granting the men the-increase de
manded and the strike is now di
rected solely agaihst the ttiem
bers of the Carpenters and Build
ers association by whom 10,000
carpenters are employed.
o 0
Buenos Aytes' big newspaper,
La Prehsa, blows a siren whistle
every time it gets a Chopping
big piece of news,Tand has tp'pay
$100 fine for itfioo.

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