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A Train Robbed.

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Kansas City (Mo.), August 17. - The Pacific Express Company lost $90,000 by a tram robbery on the Missouri Pacific Railway early this morning. It was th© Kansas City limited tlntf fe>i into the hands ot bandits, The train was crowded with passengers,-and the safe of the express Company was stuffed with money, consigned, much of it, to a Western bank! Ihe train left Tipton, Mo., about 3 a.m. Iwo mysterious figures were seen by the engineer lurking around the forward 'wet of the tram, but no particular attention was paid to them. Just After leaving Ttyton the fireman turned toward the tender to fire up, and looked squarely into the muzzles of two revolvers m the hands of two masked men. fliey had evidently boarded the forward platform of the " blind " lna ii J^ at Tiptqn, and were crawling qv^ the tender toward, the engine. One of the b/uuhts covered the fhenyin with a revolver, whde the other top* care of %L

"Now you run this train to the Ottervillo water tank," ordered the leader, "and stop there. If you attempt to stop at any otluiT place or i(ive a signal of alarm you'll i.-c a dead man." The robbers placed their weapons close to the heads of their victims. The engineer and liremnn were at tho bandits' mercy and could only obey. The Otfcerville water lank stands m "Robbsrs' Cut," just east of Ot'erville. It was there that the nofrsd outlaws the James boys committed one of the;r most daring robb nios and the Younger brothers perpetrated one uf their boldest crimes. VVhen " Roblwrs' Cut " wa«reached the ■•< engineer stopped the train. " You come with me," the lender addressed tho engineer, " ami you tend to the iireman," he said to his companion. "• *■■-<■* The engineer was commanded to go to the expresb car and tell the messenger to open the dooi\ When ho reached the ex-. I^ress car he found thatthe two robbers had live eon federates stationed at convenient ' places about tho car, all heavily armed and ' with .their faces concealed behind masks. Ho walked to the door of tho express car, being covered by the revolvers of three of tho robbers, and called to Express Messenger Sam Avery to open the door. Avery, suspecting no danger,] pushed back the door, andas he did so the; leader of the robbers and one Confederate pushed their revolvers m and ordered the. messenger to hold up his hands. The , order was promptly obeyed, and the three robbers jumped into the car. They.pro-,. ceeded immediately to the safe, which was locked. Avery was commanded to open it, and at the point of a revolver he did so. One of the robbers unfolded a gunny sack, and into it were'placed the entire contents of the safe. ' ■ In the meantime the conductor, at the ununsual stopping of the train, went forward to see what was the trouble. He only got as far as the rear end of the' express car when he was halted by one of the robbers, who told him to go back and collect his tickets. The conductor hurried back to the first passenger coach.' excitedly informed the passengers what, was going on, and advised them to hide their valuables. Money, watches* jewellery, and everything valuable Avas shoved into boot tops,' into cracks,, of the cushioned seats, and anywhere te get it out of sight. The conductor had just warned the passengers m tho second car when the train started again. Tho robbers ■'; had finished their "work «qd escaped. • • '„ 'j The engineer pulled the train into Ottervill,e where several persons were left to arouse the sheriff and organise « posse to pursue the robbers. The robbers had left their track m the mud. These were followed for some distance, ea»fc and, finally lost. A sheriffs posse and detectives are scouring the country for the rqbbjer3, and, considering their f slu>rt> start, hope to capture some of them at least. ! The exact amount of money and valuables fitolen ' cannot be leanted. The :agent of the express company will say (absolutely nothing about the occurrence jexcept to give- the st^ry of . the robbery. From other sources it was learned th-t. the money m the safe aggregated about $75,000, and the other valuable property, amounted to about ■ $15,000.-

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A Train Robbed., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2542, 13 October 1890

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A Train Robbed. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2542, 13 October 1890

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