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Classic train robbery by masked men: right out of Wild West lore...



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May 31, 1878

THE SAN DIEGO UNION, California, May 31, 1878  A great pair of issues on a train robbery, and the capture of the bandits.
The front page of May 31 has a classic report of a train robbery, headed: "Salt Lake" "The Union Pacific Train Robbed Again". It notes in part: "About ten o'clock last night a party of masked men boarded the west-bound passenger train just after its left Percy Station...entered the middle sleeping car & proceeded to rob the passengers...some one pulled the bell cord, and the robbers becoming frightened, jumped off. They fired three shots...robbers went out of sight in the darkness...Union Pacific Railroad Company have offered a reward of one thousand dollars each for the arrest of the robbers."
The ftpg. of June 7 has: "Train Robbers Caught" noting in part: "...of the Union Pacific...dispatch from Laramie announcing the capture of four train robbers...All the watches and all the money except $40 were recovered. The robbers gave their names as...captured by Deputy Sheriff Rankin...They made up the plot in Cheyenne...The party making the capture will get $4,000 reward." with more. Also: "Consolidation of Indian Lands" "Reduction of Agencies and Reservations" mentioning in part: "...proposed to reduce the number of reservations from 36 to 9, and the number of agents from 20 to 8..." with more.
Each has four pages, a bit irregular at the spine due to disbinding, and a bit fragile but in nice condition.

Category: The Old West