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MASKED TRAIN ROBBERS.

DAIU>'O OUTRAGE. Almost within the city limits ofi Denver, Colorado, three iriasked robbers before dawn on February 14, stopped an eastbound Denver aud Kio Grande passenger train, known as the Atlantic Express. Amid a fusillade of- reveiver shots from iwo ol the robbers, the other forced the postoffice clerks to open the door of their car. The third bandit then 'coolly searched every registered package, threw those lie desired into a sack, 'and jumped off. Tlie exact amount of their booty Is unknown, but it is estimated at about £7000. The train was running at a speed of forty miles an hour when suddenly the engineer, Gunn. heard a voice. Ixuikhig around, he found the muzzle of a revolver poked into his face. The fireman, Lessig, also found one within two inches of liis cheek. "Slam on the air and stop the train," was the order. "B;- quick about It, or we'll blow out your brains." This cr.me from the robber who was attending to the engineer. The train was brought to a standstill.

Within a short distance was a little Etai tion, which was closed for the night. "Novr, you fellows, get off this engine as quick as you can,'" commanded the first bandit. "Don't run or make trouble." Gunn and Lesslg obeyed, with alacrity. Corered by the revolvers, they were marched to the mall car, next to the engine. "Call to the fellows In the mall car and tell them to open the door, and you tell them not to shoot," was the next command. Engineer Gunn did so, the mail ear door was opened an instant later, nnd the stillness of the night was broken by a fusillade of shots fired by the robbers in all directions. If any of the passengers intended to come out they quickly changed their minds when thte shooting began. The mail clerks were lined up with the engineer and fireman, and two of the bandits guarded them, occasionally firing a shot along the train to awe the passengers. In the meantime the third ruffian went through the registered packages. This concluded, the robbers escorted the engineer and fireman for a considerable distance into the adjoining country, and final].;- ran away. The engineeT and fireman returned to the train, and made a record run to the next station, whence a search, party was dispatched, but -without much, clianc* s>t flnding the looter*. ,

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MASKED TRAIN ROBBERS., Auckland Star, Volume XL, Issue 80, 3 April 1909

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MASKED TRAIN ROBBERS. Auckland Star, Volume XL, Issue 80, 3 April 1909

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