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The Daily Mercury
The Daily Mercury
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Description: A Bold Train Robbery - Two Masked Men

Date: October 3 1890

Newspaper published in: Huntsville, AL

Source: Library

Page/Column: Page 3, Column 3

Two Masked Men Tie the Hands of the Express Messenger
TOLEDO, O., October 2. – A Blade special from Carey, O., gives an account of a bold train robbery this morning on the Cincinnati, Sandusky & Cleveland railroad, between this place and Urbana. Immediately after the train left Urbana, two masked men, with cocked revolvers, entered the express car and compelled the Adams express messengers, A. L. Scudder, to throw up his hands. They then tied him securely and robbed the safe of packages containing several thousand dollars and other valuables. While they were at work a brakeman attempted to enter the car and was shot at by the robbers. He gave the alarm and the train was slowed up to give an opportunity to capture the robbers, but they jumped from the train just as it was entering West Liberty and disappeared in the darkness, it then being just 2:30 o’clock.
Messenger Scudder was bound in his chair with a wash line the robbers brought with them. One of them, whom the other called “Jack,” tried to kill Scudder before leaving the car. Placing his revolver at his head he pulled the trigger, but the cartridge failed to explode. The other robber prevented him from trying again.
When the train pulled out of West Liberty the two scoundrels again got aboard, holding the entire crew at bay. Scudder, who had been released, opened fire on them with a pistol from his car door, but was compelled to retreat. The robbers kept on board until Bellefontaine was reached, when they again jumped off and disappeared. The officers at Bellefontaine are searching for them.
Scudder is about 50 years old, lives in Cincinnati, and has been on this run since the Adam’s company took charge of the express business three years ago or over.
He was previously in the same company’s employ of the Ohio River lines. He had just received his month’s salary, that was among the booty.

Submitted: 02/13/14

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