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AUTHORITY OH MINES AND MINING. THE BEST WEEKLY NEWSPAPER IN ARIZONA, Second Seriks, Vol. VI., No. 25 NOG ALES, ARIZONA, SATURDAY, APRIL 28, 1906. Whole No. 676. HARRIS CAPTURED LINE CITY OFFICERS MAKE ANOTHER IMPORTANT CATCH. Southern Pacific Brakeman Who Killed Hugh McCullough Arrested in Nogales Saturday Night. Homer 0. Harris, the Southern Pacific brakeman who shot and killed Hugh McCullough at Dome station east of Yuma on Friday night, April 13, was captured in Nogales last Saturday night by Sergeant of Hangers William Olds and Deputy Sheriff Homer Ma pes. Harris had been in town not more than an hour and a half before hei was arrested. Officers Mapes and Olds met Harris in the alley back of Morley avenue and recognizing the man from a photograpti which had been sent to the sheriffs oilice here, placed him under arrest. He offered no resistance and admitted his identity. Tuesday night Sheriff Gus Liv ingston of Yuma arrived in No gales and Wednesday morning left for Yuma with the prisoner. In an interview with The Oasis reporter in Sheriff Fowler's office Monday Harris told his storv of the shooting and appeared to be lieve he was justified in what he had done. He says there were eight or ten hoboes in a bunch and he first saw them in the yards at Yuma and told them to keep off the train. At Adonde station he again en countered the gang and there they proceeded to climb into a box car while he was endeavoring to pre vent them. There were more in the gang than he could handle and they practically climbed over him in getting into the car. They told him they were going to ride and that he could not put them off. Harris says he then went to the caboose, got a revolver and return- TURN YAQUIS BACK MUST HEREAFTER HAVE PASSES TO ENTER AMERICAN TERRITORY. Step Taken to Prevent Warring Reds from Crossing International Line to Secure Ammunition. the tracks. From where he was he could see them, but he was him self protected by the shadow of the car. Three shots were fired at him and he shot eight times in return, that being all the cartridges he had. He knew he had hit one of the men, but did not know how seriously he had injured him. He says the man he killed was the man who shot at him. After the shooting he climbed again unto the car, secured his lantern and returned to the ca boose. He says his fellow-brake-man, O'Brien, who was arrested and afterward discharged after ai Mexican Consul' Masearena-i of preiiminarv hearing at Yuma last 1 this city has just rendered his week, knew nothing of the shoot-j country and e-peiaJ!y the State ing and he did not tell him of it. jof Sonora a great service' in con He says it was because he wasjnection with the Yaqui Indian alone at the time of the shooting j troubles. AH through ihe Yaqui that he thought to escape arrest by j war it has been claimed that ihe flight. He left Dome station with j Indians have crossed the intema the others, but said nothing of thejtionai line into Arizona and m cured weapons and ammunition, which they have smuggled ."into Mexico for the use of the maraud ing bands that have committed so many depredations in Sonora. Consul Masearetias has been in communication with the immigra tion officials in regard to the Ya quis entering the United States, for some time and now lias the assur- there was another Yaqui scare in Nogales, Sonora. A ' report wa circulated to the effect that there were forty Indians within a few miles of town. A posse was or ganized in the Mexican town to scout the surrounding country under the leadership of Chief of Police Espinosa, but no Indians were located. The Oasis reporter went along in order to be able to report the expected battle as an ''eye witness" and Sergeant Olds went along to protect the news paper man. Later Mexican Con sul Mascareftas and Judge Gildea joined the party, so in case inter national complications should arise they would be in a position to state whether or not the affair had been conducted according to law. shooting. At one of the stations further east he learned a message had been received telling of the shooting and staling that the man who was shot had been killed. lie then fcaied if he was arrest ed all the men in the gang would swear against him, while he had none to call in his defense, and he determined to escape by liight if possible. He threw away the re-' anee of the American volver from the caboose, while the train was in motion and when the east bound passenger train passed the freight, he boarded it and rode to Tucson. The officers hunting support.- for him thought when he left the If there are Yaquis train he had traveled the other between Sonora and mi mi "ra tion officials that hereafter Yaquis i that plac tcll attempting 10 enier me unneu States will be treated like other aliens who are without means of car, walking ed to the other cars, as the train was in motion again Standing over the then on i . t 1 1 me car wim ins lantern in one hand and the revolver in the other, he fired a shot, just as the train reached Dome station, where it stopped. Then lying fiat on the car he leaned over and looked into the door. The men were still in the car and laughed at him, one of them remarking: "That (refer ring to the shot) sounds like a fiz zle to us." He says he again ordered them out of the car and told them if he fired again it would not be a "fizzle." They climbed out of the car, which was then on a siding, and crossing the main line stop ped beside the track. One of the men, Harris says, then turned and shot at him. He immediately dropped his lantern and jumped from the top of the car to the ground on the opposite side from where the men were. He crouvhed behind one of the trucks and tired at the men across way and he was not molested on the passenger train. He rode into Tucson, went to breakfast and re turning later to the depot was standing in the crowd on the plat form while the officers weresearch ing an incoming train for him. From Tucson he came to Noga les, but was here only between trains. He then went south to Guaymas where he remained a few days. From Guaymas he return ed to Nogales Saturday night and was captured here about an hour and a half after reaching town. Harris is young fellow about twenty-six or tweaty-seven years old and a native of Memphis, Tennessee. List November he came to Nogales and for a couple of months was on the burro train between here and Benson. Later he was on the run from Tucson to Yuma and in March and the first part of this month again ran in and out of Nogales. A few days before the shooting he was once more transferred to the Tucson Yutna run. During the last couple of years Nogales officers have made a num ber of important captures. Sher iff Fowler has gathered about him traveling Arizona points, to smuggle arms into So nora, they, of course, do not enter the United States through the re gular ports of entry. Special pre cautions will hereafter be taken to guard against their entering this country. When intercepted they will be returned to Mexico by the immigration officials and will be informed that thev will have to make application at the regular ports of entry for admission. The rule does not apply alone to Arizona, but along the entire American-Mexican line, as well. Orders have been issued from the oilice of Inpector George W. Webb of T ucsoii, chief of thu im migration department of Arizona and New. Mexico, in regard to such aliens. Ollicers are instructed that if any of the exempt class of aliens are apprehended within the interior of this district, who nave recently arrived from Mexico, they should lie detained, and the facts in such cases submitted to the de partment headquarters at Tucson, pending instructions. Rumors of Indians crossing the line into Arizona have been excep tionally numerous during the past couple of months and as a result A resilient of Oro Blanco i week wrote to a friend in Nogales criticising Tub Oasis for having denied the report two weeks ago that there were armed Yaquis crossing the International line into Arizona. When Tin: Oasis made light of the report referred , to, it was under the belief, founded on information gathered, that there were no Indians in the vicin ity. The Oro Blanco man, how ever, saw nine armed Indians at of another man who. saw three more. Others who had riding almit the country, saw no signs of Indians at that time and so reported in Nogales. If there are armed Yaquis passing back and forth across the line The Oasis has no desire to mis represent matters by denying the fact. The Oasis always endeavors to learn the truth in such matters and to publish the truth. as deputies men who are always ! Mr. Mascareftas has been in cor respondence with the immigration officers on the American side, re questing that the department take on the lookout and Capt Tom Rynning's sergeant, "Billy" Olds, was never known to miss a man when there was a chance ting him. His Wife III. of get-j action in the matter with a view I to keeping the Indians from cros- Monday General Luis E. Torres came up from Hermosillo and spent the day with Mexican Con sul Manuel Mascareftas, in con ference in regard to the Yaqui situation. General Torres lias deployed Mexican soldiers along the International line, to watch for Yaquis passing back and forth between the two countries, Mon dav night he leturned to Hermosillo. During the past few days the re port has been current in Nogale that General Iguaeio Bravo has been sent to Hermosillo by Pres ident Diaz of the Mexican lie public to assume charge of the af fairs of the state, both military and civil, ' he Oasis reporter called upon Mexican Consul Mascarerias Wednesday for confirmation of the rumor, but was assured by that gentleman that he had no know ledge of such aii action and was not inclined to believe there was any truth in in it. A Social Gathjring. Saturday evening Misses Mabel sing the line, the supposition be-! and Hazel George entertained a ling that if the messengers are pre- i party of their young friends at the i 1 . . 1 ! . ' 1 . I t 1 American . lamilv residence on .mmiii .uoriev in the. Avenue. There fifteen or sixteen entering Friday of last week Mr. J. S. ! vented from Hunter was called to San Antonio, ! territorv, the Yaquis now Texas, by a message announcing j field in Sonora will soon run short couples present, and the evening trie dangerous illness ot Mrs. Hun-j of ammunition. was swiftly and pleasantly passes ter, who is visiting her mother in i 1 with musi- dancing, parlor games, that city. I Fridav afternoon of last week etc., and refreshments were served.