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The day book. [volume] (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, September 26, 1913, Image 32

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Meridian, Miss., Sept. 26. Deputy
Sheriff James Bonner of Birming
ham, was shot and killed by a Mont
gomery, Ala.-, deputy sheriff, who
mistook him for oneof the New
York-New Orleans express-train rob
bers. Bonner was heading a posse
scouring the woods near Cottondale.
Birmingham, Ala. Posses are
searching for the bandits who held up
the New York-New Orleans express
on the -Queen & Crescent Railroad,
threw off two safes, dynamited them
and escaped on a detached train.
As the train pulled into Bibbville
shortly after midnight, it was noticed
that a block signal had been fouled.
Engineer Daniels started to investi
gate and was confronted by a mask
ed bandit who thrust a revolver into
his face. Another robber guarded
the doors of the baggage and mail
cars, while a third climbed into the
locomotive and ordered Fireman
Johnson to cut the baggage and mail
cars from the rest of the train.
The fireman refused. The bandit
struck him across the head with the
revolver and then forced the engineer
to uncouple the two cars. While the
uncoupling was in progress, the
third bandit ordered the mail and
express clerks to leave their cars.
They mistook the bandits for tramps
and refused, and two narrowly es
caped being killed in the shower of
bullets that followed.
Before the safes were dynamited
they were thrown off the train and
two charges of dynamite put under
them. The train crew claim the
robbers got $100,000.
The bandits then ran the engine
down the track and put the fireman
off. Meanwhile, Sheriff Palmer was
notified and started with a posse
after the bandits, who, however, es
caped. A pooc-nd posse, heavily armed and
with bloodhounds, left on a special
tram an hour after Sheriff Palmer
started pursuit of the bandits.
bloodhounds will be of little service
if the robbers abandon the Train, a&'y -j
the ground is marshy and their tralljgi
would be lost in the water.
.Trinidad, Col., Sept. 26. While a
posse is still hunting the three Greeks
accused of murdering TownMarshal '
Robert Lee, Sheriff Grisham and sev
eral deputies went to Ludlow to in
vestigate reports that three negro
strikebreakers had been mobbed by
100 strike sympathizers.
The negroes were enroute from the
railroad station to the Victor Amer
ican mine at Hastings, according to
the report, when the assailants drag
ged them from a hack and disappear
ed with them. Supt. Cameron tele
phoned for aid.
Vice President Hayes of the Miners'
Union said he had not been informed
of the assault.
Denver, Col. Gov. Amnions has
announced that order will be preserv
ed in the coal strike district of South
ern Colorado even if the state has to
intervene by calling out the militia.
LHe supplemented his statement with
the assurance that the soldiers would
not.be used to intimidate the strik
ers, but t,o prevent rioting in case
the operators attempt to import
Gov. Amnions does not intend that
"Mother" Jones, if arrested, shall be
permitted to talk to the whole coun
try as a prisoner. He says she will
be well treated, but will not be allow
ed to advertise the strike conditions
outside the state with the extrava
gant language she has been using
in the coal fields.
Fair tonight, Saturday and Sun
day; continued cool; frost tonight;
moderate variable winds.
Temperature Thursday. Highest,
77; lowest, 46.

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