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Carson City Daily Appea
25 cents per week
Five cents per copy-
No. 289
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Never Had a Chance to Save Pris
oners; Knew None of Mob
All Three Hanged to Same Limb
of Oak Tree in Cemetery
By United JVess
SANTA ROSA, Dec. 10. "I had no
chance," said Sheriff Boyes. Six guns
were poked in my face by the mob,
while two men rushed around the coun
ter and grabbed my arms, slammed me
down in a chair, while one man went
through my pockets until he found the
master key. They then hustled me into
the undersherifFs office and kept me
there. Just as we were all leaving
my office the telephone rang and a man
with a pair of pinehers cut the wires.
Every man was so masked and muffled
that I would not have been able to dis
tinguish even my best friends if they
had been in the mob. The men de
manded my keys. They were so wild
that they threatened to shoot the locks
off the cells if they did not get the keys
to fit. All of us tried to argue with
the men, but they only pointed to the
picture of Jimmy Petray and said.
'Don't try to argue with us; look at
that! Isn't that enough.' The whole
thing happened like a streafc of light
ning. I had heard rumors that a raid
would come off, but I had been inform
ed that I would be given a half hour to
determine whether or not I would give
over the prisoners without a fight. I
then rushed to the jail and telephoned
all my deputies. All got there with the
exception of Rob Dickson, who was
held up on the way at the point of a
gun. All that I can say about the
matter is that the organization of the
mob was too well planned for any
hitch in the proceedings."
District Attorney Appalled
District Attorney Hole, when inter
viewed by the United Press this morn
ing, said : "The lawlessness of .the
thing is what appalls me. It now be
comes my duty as district attorney to
conduct an investigation to determine
if possible who is responsible for this
lawless act. Lynching has been feared
ever since the murders were committed
Sunday afternoon."
California Gives Nevada a Legislative Tip
The telegraph today is almost entire
ly given over to the lynching last night
of the three gangsters at Santa Rosa.
As soon as the first telegraphic file
came in to the Appeal it was posted
at the Arlington hotel, and soon the en
tire town was commenting on the news.
So far as learned there has been but
little condemnation of the act. People
generally are opposed to lynching, but
this case has so outraged the sensibili
ties of Nevadans as well as Califor-
nians- that the act of the mob is not
There is a lesson for the coming leg
islature in this. The people of Nevada
are very tired of the indeterminate sen
tence law. The constant paroling of
convicts has reached a point where it
menace to society.
A straight sentence should be given
the convicted man or women, this to be
shortened by credits for good behavior.
We have a case in our penitentiary
at the present time. The man commit
ed a cold-blooded murder. Every time
the pardoning board meets his name is
up for parole. Some day people will
get tired fighting his release and he
will go free. His lawyers say that if
he is not freed soon he will be of no
use to himself or society at large. He
never was, even lietore his incarcera
tion, so why expect that he will be if
It is time in Nevada to cut out the
sob 'stuff over those who have flagrantly
transgerssed. the law, and see that a
new law is passed and enforced. Ne
vada people do not want the stain of a
lynching bee on the state's fair name,
but that is what is being led up to.
IBy United Press
SANTA ROSA, Dec. 10. About 100 1
armed and masked men raided the So
noma county jail at 12:30 this morning,
disarmed Sheriff Boyes and his depu
ties and dragged Terrence Fitts, George
Boyd and Charles Valento, all under
indictment for. the murder of Sheriff
Petray of Sonoma county and Detec
tives Miles Jackson and Lester Dor
man of San Francisco, from their cells
and lynched them. They were all hung
on the same limb of an oak tree in Odd
Fellows cemetery. After the bodies
had hung for an hour, swinging in a
gentle breeze which was blowing a light
mist around them, Sheriff Boyes and
the countv coroner cut them down.
Fitts Begs for Life
P.oyd, ' the gangster who fired the
shots that killed the three officers, went
to his death with hardly a murmur. He
was dying gradually from a bullet
wound inflicted by Detective Miles
Jackson after the latter was mortally
wounded. Valento walked to his place
under the death limb with a laugh for
his executioners on his lips. He
laughed in their faces when taken from
tlie jail. Fitts, known as the bully of
the gang, screamed and cried like a
child and plead for his life. At the
scene of the lynching he became so vio
lent and screamed so loudly that he was
struck over the head with the butt of a
gun and quieted. The lynchers were
with rifles in their hands and revolvers
strapped to the outside of their over
coats were stationed at the four street
corners leading to the county jail. All
pedestrians and autoists approaching
the jail were stopped and turned in oth
er directions. When the band, armed
heavily, rushed into the jail they were
met by Sheriff-John Boyes and Jailer
Jewitts, Deputy Sheriff Robinson and
Ike Lindley, a former policeman. With
guns thrust against' their stomachs the
jailer, Jcwett, was made to hand over
the cell keys.
Quick Work
Not over fifteen minutes was requir
ed to carry out the purpose of the or
ganized citizens' mob. Automobile
headlights were used to light the way
and direct the operation of hanging the
three men. After waiting until they
knew their work was completed, the
members of the mob took their way in
a dozen directions, showing that it was
the work of the citizens of the entire
Men Had Records
All three of the lynched men were
former convicts. Boyd had served two
terms; Fitts three terms and Valento
one. The three had been identified as
having been members of the crowd who
carried on the assaults at the Howard
street house.
Considering the magnitude of the
clean-up Santa Rosa is comparatively
Governor Stevens Passes Respon
sibility To County Authorities
By United Press I noma countv," Governor Stephens de-
SACRAMENTO, Dec. 10.-"A sol-1.. , . ' - a sfatement :sW de.
enin obligation to oe;u a:equaiciy wuu f
the members of the Inching band now
devolves upon the au.horities of So- J sters at anta Kosa.
' ploring the lynching of the three gang-
The "Black and Tans;"
Who and Why Told
By Webb Miller, United Press staff enterprising, restless and reckless young
correspondent. men more or less on their beam ends,
ft r i . i
LONDON. Nov. 22. by mail-Much a reanny jumpea at mc pros-
has been heard of the "Black and Tans
organized perfectly. Masked guards quiet following the hanging.
Silver City Continues
Mucin of Treasure
"The Passing of the
Oklahoma Outlaws
Government Agents Walk Into Jaws
of Death to Capture Bandits
The United States government pays 1
$50,000 for the capture, dead or alive,
of the Doolin gang, Bill Dalton, Bill
Doolin, Al Jennings, Rose of the Cam
eron, Little Breeches, Cattle Annie,
Henry Starr and many others.
See William Tilghman, Bud Ledbet
ter, Chris Madsen and posse walk into
the very jaws of death and drive the
outlaws out of Oklahoma.
Facts, not fiction. A film sensation.
A picturization of law and justice in
thrilling action, revealing with dramat
ic attractiveness and the utmost clarity
Oklahoma's desperate and successful
sweeping of outlawry from within her
borders, will come to the C and C
theater and be presented with the
freshness of a perfectly new product
on tonight and tomorrow's matinee.
"The Passing of the Oklahoma Outlaw"
is its title, which speaks truth.
The picture s no novelized version
oi dramatic incidents, but a reproduc
Silver City, which probably produces
more gold than any camp in western
Nevada, is also the least known to the
other sections of the state. While a lot
of booms have started and died out,
and many more will be on the stampeed
line, it remains for Silver City to keep
on producing gold.
exhibited from Nevada came from Sil
ver City and a few such specimens yet
remain in private collections. At least
two specimens can be found in this
city, and thev in mint value would be a
tidy sum
That there is something doing in this
pioneer camp can be judged from the
Situated down the canyon below the i following in the Virginia Chronicle
tion of actual events as they transput ed
It' is no pretty story written to glorify
or exalt any person, but a picture nar
rative of men and events and scenes
that form part of the record of Okla
homa's early history. It is a picture
for youth to see, for it dissoWts any
Jialo .that may surround criminality
and shows the criminal as he really
exists oppressed by a crown of thorns
upon his brow.
"The Passing of the Oklahoma Out
law" shows in reality the historically
recorded passing of the outlaw from
that state. It shows officers of the
law, grim, determined, relentless, pur
suing without thought of halt men who
preyed upon other's rights and proper
ty. It shows these officers victorious,
as law must always be, and the even
tual disgrace and humiliation and suf
fering and tragic death or imprison
ment of outlaws.
Matinee Saturday at 1 :30 p.' m.
Comstock and the scene of some of the
first prospecting in Nevada, this old
camp keeps a string of mills running,
while since the first days leasers have
been extracting ore.
Probably no one will ever know the
entire amount of gold produced in this
camp, as leasers take it to the best
market, pay their royalties and many
have retired from active operation with
comfortable fortunes. It is safe to say
that more comfortable fortunes to in
dividuals have come from Silver City
than any camp in Nevada.
It was among the first to start a leas
ing program. The original workings
were skimmed by the big corporations
and when big business could not make
a go the leasers came in. During the
past twenty-five years or more leasers
Jiave been practically the only miners
working in the district.
Some of the richest specimen ore ever
There is much mining activity
throughout the district at the present
time, ore extraction and ore shipments '
being made to various mills from nu
merous properties, including H. P. Ker
vin from the Willemma mine; Murphy
& Byers from their claim; Henry Ben
netts and Ed Colqhoun from Midas;
John Yocimelli and Hugo Tegli from
their claim; Stock & Windisch; John
Marchi at the Cook & Gray; E. J. Jur
ick from the Silver Hill dumps; Hickey
& Hardwick from the Oest; S. L. Cain
from the St. Louis, and Jolese Lawson,
high grade ore from his mine. P. J.
Corcoran and partner are hauling ore
to the McTigue mill. Dr. Hodgins has
a crew of men working on his claims
Messrs. Fraser, Spillman and Bray of
Reno were recent visitors looking over
the various mining properties of the
camp. F. Windisch continues active
work at the Justice mine."
Died In Florida
Word was received in this city yes
terday announcing the death of the
father of C. C. Cottrcll. As Mr. Cot
trell is on his way east Jo attend a high
way meeting an endeavor was made to
reach him by telegraph.
To Spend Holidays With Relatives
Mrs. Mary Cowing departed for Reno
last evening having in charge two of
the children from the Orphans' Home,
who are to visit with relatives during
the Christmas .vacation.
in the chaotic war of assassinations,
ambushes and reprisals in Ire'and, but
probably few people abroad have much
information as to who and what ihese
men are.
The official title of the corps is the
Auxiliary Division of the Royal Irish
Constabulary, and they were organized
when the supply of recruits for the R. I.
C. began to fail. The R. I. C, long
famous as one of the most efficient
bodies of semi-military police in the
world, was formerly exclusively com
posed of Irishmen. Men of magn-ficent
physique, and superior intelligence, they
ranked much higher than the ordinary
policeman, and in the better-class Irish
farmer families it was a subject for
pride that they had a son in the R.
Equally efficient as cavalry or infant
ry, and armed with swords, rifles, bay
onets, revolvers, clubs and hand-gren
ades, the R. I. C. rarely had much
trouble with the most turbulent Irish
mobs. Only on rare occasions did they
need any other weapon than their clubs,
and a couple of these hardy horse-men
would break up an ugly mob of con
testants without doing more damage
than cracking a head or two. And' the
people thus clubbed bore no malice; in
fact, the R. I. C. were generally well
Knowing that they could never stir
up much bitterness against this for
midable force, the Sinn Fein extremists
set themselves to breaking it up by per
suasion, intimidation and finally assas
sination, borne, they reasoned with on
patriotic grounds, and secured a few
resignations, while a strenuous propa
ganda campaign, coupled with actual
intimidation and boycotting, prevented
many young men joining who would
otherwise have done so. The recent
open campaign of assassination natur
ally weakened the morale of the force,
especially as a boycott was rigidly en
forced against the wives, relatives and
known friends of the members of the
R. I. C.
With the supply of recruits cut off,
the Bitish authorities realized that bold
steps had to be taken, especially as
there was no time to train imported re
cruits to R. I. C. standards. They ac
cordingly formed the Auxiliary Divis
ion and particularly appealed to Eng
lish ex-officers and soldiers, well-train
ed in the use of arms, scouting, and
disciplined. The late war left many
Advertise in the Appeal.
I Ti-t 4if triurf 'Vilt itm-nt with tVl at
tractive and unusually high pay of one
pound a day, with uniform, equipment
and all found. The authorities were
able to take their pick from thousands
of volunteers, and probably the world
has never seen a more formidable body
of war-wise dare-deveils enlisted. Nat.
tirally it was these men who, feeling
themselves scouting in an enemy coun
try and carrying' their lives in their
hands, were responsible for most of the
The nick-name "Black and Tans"
was given them in derision, when the
authorities, not being quite sure how
they were going to uniform them, and
not having sufficient R. I. C. uniforms
in stock, fitted them out partly in the
dark green (almost black) of the par
ent corps and partly in ordinary army
khaki. The sneer that these half-black.
half-brown-clad men resembled the
snappy little liack-ana-tan terrier was
soon stifled and '"Black and Tan" is
now a name of terror. Mostly, how.
ever, the "Black and Tans" wear ordi
nary badges, except for the black ac
coutrements and bandoliers of the R. I.
C. and lately a Scotch "bonnet" with a
white St. Andrews cross as badge, in
stead of the regulation cap
Other forces in Ire'and, apart fom
the ngular Isritish troops, arc the Li
ef Wduntetrs, a '.rc? formed by the
.. M ist leader, Sir Edward Carson,
in 1913 to resist the passage of Home
Rule. This again is a decidedly dan
gerous army, numbering some 150,000
men, many of whom are well trained,
having served in the recent war. The
36th Ulster Division in France was
chiefly recruited from Carson's Ulster
The Irish Nationalist Volunteers,
originally formed as a reply to the Ul
ster Volunteers, have mostly been ab
sorbed by Sinn Fein and constitutes the
Irish Republican Army." These again
are a formidable organization as many
have seen war with the 35th National
ist Division in France. Those without
war experience have been drilling and
training for four years and if they
could only obtain some artillery, there
can be no doubt that an open rising
would follow immediately. Ail the Na.
tionalists however, have not gone over
to Sinn Fein.
So far the Ulster Volunteers arc not
officially in arms, but the numerous
outbreaks in Belfast, Londonderry and
other parts of Ulster prove that they
are ready to spring to arms at once.
Nevadans Named
At the meeting of the United Stock
Growers' Association in Salt Lake City,
where twelve western states met to se
lect officers and map a program for the
future, R. C. Turritin and Vernon Met-
calf, both of Reno, were named as offi
cers, the former Itcing selected as pres
ident and the latter as secretary.
T oo
Advertise in the Appeal if you wish
for results.

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