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DESPERADO'S EXPLOITS.

EXTRAORDINARY ESCAPES OF AN

AMERICAN CRIMINAL.

KILLS SEVEN MEN.

NEW YORK, July 4. Despatches from Seattle state that the Pacific Coast is greatly excited over the pursuit of Harry Tracy, a notorious desperado. Tracy and a companion named Merrill recently escaped from prison at Salem, Oregon. Having obtained revolvers they fought their way out, killing one gaoler and wounding another. In the pursuit. which followed- the convicts killed two more men. *"" The sheriff and a large force of mounted police iiurrounded the convicts in the woods, but they escaped after a desperate battle, in which several of the police were wounded.

During the past few days Tracy travel led over 60 miles. Last Wednesday he boarded a small steamer and compelled the captain and the crew to take him a long distance up the coast. He secretly reached Seattle yesterday, and went to the house of a relative. The authorities learned of his whereabouts, and sent several policemen to arrest him. They surrounded the house, but Tracy, with a revolver in each hand, fought his way through the police. He shot and killed one and wounded two others, and then escaped to the woods near the town.

A large force of police are in pursuit, and a large reward is offered for his capture, dead or alive.

July 9.—Tracy is still at large. During last week he roamed about the country round Seattle, constantly entering farmhouses, and compelling the occupants at the point of the pistol to give him food and clothing. Since his escape from prison he has killed seven men, including the other convict named Merrill, who accompanied him. Tracy was pursued for a long distance yesterday by the sheriff's officers .several Indian scouts, and bloodhounds, but he escaped by sprinkling the ground with cayenne pepper, which entered the nostrils of the dogs and caused them to lose the scent.

Tracy is well armed, and has sworn never to be taken alive. The whole country has been astounded by his desperate deeds.

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DESPERADO'S EXPLOITS., Poverty Bay Herald, Volume XXIX, Issue 9503, 15 August 1902

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DESPERADO'S EXPLOITS. Poverty Bay Herald, Volume XXIX, Issue 9503, 15 August 1902

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