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X 'lerritorial Library, Sifj . ! THE AR repub: PIKENIX, ARIZONA, TUESDAY MORNING, OCTOBER 2, 1894. OURTII YEAR. VOL. V. NO. 114. ZONA LICAN. ROBBED The Quietude of Sunday Night Broken. Southem Pacific Express No. 19 Held Up. VERY SWIFT JUSTICE One of the Robbers Rid dled With Buckshot In Just Eight Hours After the Robbery. SURPRISED IN TEEIR CAMP. The Captured Bandit Makes a Desper ate Fight. His Two Companions Effect an Escape. The Breaking Up of the Gang Which Robbed theWick enberg Stage and a Phoenix Streetcar. The eastbound Southern Pacific train No. 19 was held up one mile east of Maricopa' on Suuday night. The robbery was nominally successful, but eight hours later one of the outlaws was riddled with buckshot and is now lying in the county jail in deadly peril of the gallows. The arms and horses of the band were captnred and the two associates of the wounded robber are supposed to be Bkulking in the dense brush near Fish er's ranch eight miles west of town. Accurate descriptions of the men have been sent out in every direction and their escape is regarded as an impossi bility. They may not be captured to day, they may succeed in leaving their hiding place in the thicket, but within two days every man in southern Ari zona will be looking for them and they must turn np at some station or water hole. How It Was Done. The eastbound Southern Pacific, which arrives at Maricopa at 11:50, pulled in on time, and after the usual short stop sped on toward the east. Engineer Lon Holliday, having the prospect of a long Uninterrupted run before him, was eating his midnight lunch and his fireman was busy about the farnace. The engineer's appetite was suddenly driven away by the ap pearance of a man in the door of the cab holding a revolver in each hand, Just before this the engineer had noticed a white light ahead of him and was already bringing the train to a standstill. The engineer and firemen were or dered to throw up their hands, and did so without argument or delay. "Can I finish my lunch?" inquired Engineer Holliday. "Certainly," replied the ac commodating robber, "we don't want TRAIN F to hart you boys. You just cat loose from the train and pull out." No time was lost in following instructions, and the engine went on. Conductor Martin was curious to know why the engineer had stopped. So was Brakeman Paul Maroney, and both stepped to the ground, the former from the front, and the latter from the rear platform of the train. The "ping" of a ballet near him and the sharp crack of a revolver satisfied the con ductor's curiosity and he went inside. The brakeman also knew how the land la and jumped back on the platform. There were three robbers, one very tall man, who wore a mask, and two others of smaller stature who made no effort to conceai their faces. The man with the mask had evidently boarded the blind baggage at Maricopa and had climbed over the tender as the train began to slow up for the signal which had been put out by his confederates. After the engine left the robbers ter rorized the passengers and crew by shooting along the side of the train, and having satisfied themselves that there would likely be no interferauce, they ordered the express messenger, G. W. Mitchell, to throw open the door. He offered no resistance and one of the robbers enttred. At this point the robbury was varied from the usual train robbery. The bandits were not provided with dynamite and they mads no at tempt on the Wells, Fargo safe. They contented themselves with the contents of the box, $175, and took the mes senger's watch. The man with the mask jumped from the car and the robbers disappeared in the darkness. The whole thing lasted less than twenty minutes. At length the engine returned and the train backed into Maricopa and messages were sent out in various di rections announcing the holduD. The passengers were thoroughly demoral ized. Some had hidden behind seats and whatever other obstruction was liable to afford protection from the fusilade which was momentarily ex pected. Half a dozen men braver than in the moment of trial bragged about what they could and ought to have aone. One man no l6ss brave, but more honest, said : "I could have killed one of the robbers if I hadn't been scared to death." The Pursuit. The swiftness with which justice overtook the robbers is almost without parallel. Telegrams had been sent to Detective Breckenrid ire at Tucson and he reached the scene of the robbery by special train in a couple of hours. Another dispatch was sent to the sheriffs office here but it was not re ceived until three o'clock. Everything though happened to be in favor of justice that night. The sheriff and his posse had for sevaral days been investigating the movements of a gang which they suspected of hav ing robbed the Wickenberg stage two weeks ago, Hinton's store at Alham- bro a month ago and a street car in this city last Wednesday night. The officers had learned the names of the five members of the gang, had just captured two of them and had located their places of rendezvous. One was near Mesa, another south of the city and the third about eight miles west of town. On receipt of the dispatch Sheriff Murphy and Deputies Widmer, Protheio and Deputy United States Marshal Slankard, armed and mounted, set out for the latter camping place. They found it deserted and being al ready convinced that the train robDers were the men they had been hunting they hastened to the lower rendezvous nearly north of Fisher's ranch. Before reaching it the pursuing party sepa rated, Sheriff Murphy and Deputy Widmer proceeding straight on. About 8 o'clock they arrived in the neighbor hood, and having already discovered a trail followed it in the dense bruBh until it brought them to a recently es tablished camp. No one was in sight, but there were three horses and three Winchester rifles. The officers un loaded two of the rifles and concealed the third. They waited near the horses about ten minutes and at length through an opening in the bushes there came a man carrying an armful of hay. "Throw upyoirrhande," cried Deputy Widmer. Instead of dong so the rob ber threw down the hay, drew his re volver and just as he aimed at the sheriff Deputy Widmer fired. The rob ber turned and ran, turning again to fire. There was auother discharge from the deputy's shot gun and a reply from the bandit's revolver. As he turned the second time to run a bullet from the sheriff's revolver struck him in the back and running a short dis tance he fell to the ground. 'Hold up your hands," again com manded the officer. He held up one hand. "Put up the other," said Wid mer, but the robber couldn't lift his arm and the officers went up to him. "You ought to have thrown up your hands," said Sheriff Murphy. "But I didn't do it," replied the prostrate ban dit. He was put on a horse and with the other horses and arms of the rob bers was brought to town, where the party arrived about 10 o'clock. ' The Wounded Train Robber. He was readily recognized by a dozen men, some of whom had known him from childhood as Frank Armer. He ia from the Tonto country and comes of a respectable family. He it about twenty -two years of age and baB a bad record. Nearly a yer ago he was tried at Flagstaff for horse stealing but was acquitted. He returned to the Tonto country and got into trouble there on account of supposed connection with irregular transactions in stock and was ordered out of the community. Since then he has spent much of his time in the valley and on adjacent cat tle ranges as a cowboy and is 'well known in Phccnis. His. mother is postmistress at Armer station in Gila county. His wounds were examied by Drs. Hughes and Dameron. One buck shot had struck him in the breast, several in his right arm and neck and there was a revolver bullet in his hack. His wounds though not fatal were painful and he was put under opiates and he slept the greater part of the after noon in the jail office. ' . Laslioight he was locked up in the jail proper to guard against accidents. He told Dr. Hughes that the reason of his warlike demonstration when the officers came up was that he thought they were two men from Tonto who bad threatened to kill him. There were found upon him two gold watches and three $20 gold pieces. It was Buspected that the watches were the ones taken from the conductor and motorman of the street car last week, but they were uaable to identify them and the officers are convinced that though he belongs to the gang he was not present at that hold up. Other Pursuers. Soon after word was received of the train robbery, another party composed of Under Sheriff King, Constable Gar- fias, L. H. Orme and James Bark Btarted in pursuit. Thev intended to take their horses on a flat-car to Marl copa and set out from there, but learning that the robbers had come in this di rection, they started out in the direc tion taken by Sheriff Murphy. They did not reach the locality of the capture until long after it had been ef fected. They found the trail of the other two robbers in the bushes and followed it until it was too dark to see and returned to town about 8 o'lock last night. They discovered two more bundles of hay near where the shooting took place, one about twenty and the other about fifty steps from where the officers were standing. The two robbers had evl dently came up just as the shooting commenced and instead of coming to the assistance of Armer with their re volvers turned and fled through the bushes. Deputies Prothero and Slank ard returned soon after noon without having struck a trail. At 11 o'clock a street car conductor reported that he had seen a man acting suspiciously in the vicinity of the track in Capitol addition. He was carrying a revolver and seemed weary and an xious. His general description an swered that of one of the men known to belong to the gang. Marshal Malloy started after him and, finding his trail, traced it down into the Mexican settle ment below the cemetery, where it was lost. No Doubt as to Their Identity. Detective Breckenridge - telegraphed the sheriff's office yesterday that the train robbers had two gray horses and one bay, which description answers those captured by the sheriff and his deputy. One of the horses, by the way, is one stolen from the pasture oi Charles Conger, near Phoenix, two weeks ago. The men had been in Maricopa all of Sunday afternoon, and took dinner at Williams' restaurant. One of them pawned a gold watch there, but later sold it to a brakeman of a passing freight train. Perry Williams recog nized one of the men as Armer. After leaving the scene of the robbery they struck off in a northwesterly direction and by the most direct route possible to the point where the capture was made. The distance is between thirty and thirty-five miles. Otner Crimes. The authorities claim to be in pos session of evidence showing not only that the Wickenberg, the Alhambra and the street car robberies were com mitted by members of the same gang but their information is so definite that they know which particular mem bers figured in each one. It is said that Armer was not present at the street car robbery nor was he at the Alhambra, but that he was one of the bandits which held up the Wicken berg stage. He is known to have been in the vicinity of Congress for some time before and after the robberv. ... He was also in Phoenix at the time of the street car robbery but was in another part of the town while it was going on. Some of the officers believe that the other two robbers will return to Phoe nix if they have not already returned. Though they run a great risk of recog nition here it is hardly greater .than at any other place they may go, and the town will afford facilities for hiding which they cannot enjov in more sparsely settled neighborhoods. They are also said to have friends in town who would assist them in keeping un der cover until a convenient oppor tunity is offered to leave the country. A horse hitched on First avenue, near Adams street, was stolen Jast night sometime before midnight and the owner, Ben Anderson, believes that the thief was one of the robbers. . The Crime of Train Robbery. Arizona has a peculiar law against thiB crime, enacted by the Sixteenth legislature. In many states train rob bery is a capital offenee, but of different degrees, so that juries are given a mer ciful latitude in reaching a verdict. It has, therefore, never happened that a train robber bas suffered capital punishment nnless the crime was at tended by murder. In this territory there is only one degree and one pun ishment, hanging. So Armer stands in the shadow of the gallows, from which he can emerge only by death from his wounds or by acquittal. This is said to be second crime of the kind ever committed in the territory. The other was the robbery of a train on the Atlantic & Pacific some years ago, and before the passage of this law. Both the Southern Pacific and Wells Fargo, since their recent and numerous disastrous experiences in California, have a standing reward for the taking of train robbers on their lines. Therefore, the captors of Armer in the event of his conviction will come into possession of an emolument more sub stantial than the conBciouness of hav ing speedily performed an official duty. Sentenced to Electrocution. Syracuse, N. Y., Oct. 1. Charles F. Wilson, convicted of the murder of Detective James Harvey, was today sentenced by Judge Williams to be electrocuted at Anburn, N Y. FORGED DEEDS. A Story of Crime Told by a Clerk. A Woman Convicted of Extensive Forgeries. Used Her Husband's Name and Implicates a Clerk. The Latter Claims That It Is a Scheme to Discredit Him In a Pending: Divorce Suit. By the Associated Press. Washington, Oct. 1. A case of a wife's deception, in which three per sons in the service of the government are concerned, has been revealed through the arrest yesterday of Major Alexander A. Russell, of Missouri, a special examiner in the pension office, on a warrant charging him with forgery, sworn out by John O. Oldberg, a clerk in the Indian office. Some years ago Oldberg invested in property near this rity, which has increased to $12,000 in value. About three months ago he learned that the land had been Bold without his sanction, and an investiga tion showed him that his wife was a party to the transaction. Deeds con veying the land to other partieB were found by him signed John O. Oldberg, in a handwriting that did not corres pond to his own signature, and Ella C. Oldberg, his wife's name, in what was unquestionably her hand. Mrs. Old berg was out of town when the discov ery was made, only a few days ago. She dame to Washington in response to her husband's summons and tearfully con fessed that she had been a party to the scheme. "I bad to do it," was her ex- - cuse. Mrs. Oldberg told a story that impli cated M3j. Bussell. She is a clerk in the pension office and sat next to the desk occupied by the major. Accord ing to her statement Bussell beard her one day turn away a creditor who came for money. Russell told her that she should raise money on her prop erty, but Mrs. Oldberg said she did not wish her husband to know that she was in debt. "Well, yon can arrange that," Russell is alleged to have said. "Prepare a deed of trust for what you want, leave the rest to me and ask no questions." So Mrs. Oldberg asked no questions, but went before a notary public and saw Russell, so she says, sign the name of her hu.band to the deed of trust. A money lender ad vanced $00 on the deed and Mrs. Old berg kept all the money. Shortly after this transaction Russell came to Mrs. Oldberg, according to her story, and said he needed some money. Another deed of trust, this time for $1,000, was executed. Later, $1,500 was secured in the same way, and a third transaction for $5,000. Mrs. Old berg says Russell signed her hus-. band's name. She claims that she did not get any of the money, and Russell says he did not. This rather shady business was re ported to the commissioner of pensions. He called for an explanation from Mrs. Oldberg and she told the story as given in this account. Later she wrote the commissioner that Russell had nothing to do with the matter and she did not know the guilty person. Soon after the last loan had been negotiated, Rus sell was sent on public business to Meadville, Pa., and remained there until summoned to Washington to ex plain the Oldberg affair. He denies the whole story and saya that Oldberg is in collusion with Mrs. Russell, who is being sued for divorce, to blacken the major's character. If Mrs. Oldbere's first story proves true, she' and Russell will be dismissed from the government service. Dr. Price's Cream Baking Powder World's Fair Hishest Medal and Diploma.