MEN CHARGED WITH MURDER CAUGHT
Two men charged with the murders of Kibbe and Hillpot were caught while searching for food and drink thinking the sheriff left.
PHOENIX, Ariz., Sept. 24.—Sheriff Thompson of Gila county, having in custody Stewart and Steele, arrived at 10 o' clock, en route to Globe. They admit to Killing Kibbe and Hilpot and taking their guns, ammunition, hats and horses when they fled but claim self defense. They claim the quarrel arose over a dog and Kibbe and Hillpot were drawing weapons.
The men say they would not have been captured so easily, but were trapped by Thompson at Adamana. They saw the sheriff in the afternoon and supposed he left town but he remained. Thinking they would have to come in for water, the sheriff was hiding behind a water tank when the men passed and covered them.
The following account of the capture of the murderers is from the Daily Globe, Globe, Arizona:
HOLBROOK, Ariz., Sept. 23.—James Steele and William R. Stewart, alleged murderers of Fred Kibbe and Albert F. Hillpot, are prisoners in the Navajo county jail, shackled hand and foot, and under heavy guard to prevent any possible attempt at escape, while the exhausted members of Sheriff Thompson's posse are taking a well earned rest before starting on the long journey back to Globe. There is no chance of the men escaping, and even if there was, their own physical conditions would prevent this. When captured, both men were utterly exhausted, footsore from their long tramp and almost starved. Even after a fair nights rest the prisoners are not in any condition to travel.
The murderers were captured at Adamana last night at just 9 o' clock by Sheriff Thompson, one of his posses which accompanied him, and three local men, the capture being effected by a clever ruse. Thompson had figured to a nicety just when the fugitives would be captured.
The men had been in hiding near Adamana all day and had seen the automobile going across country early in the day. Thinking that the entire party had returned to Holbrook, they imagined themselves safe in going to the station in search of something to eat. The sheriff and posse were in the depot at the time the men approached, and were first appraised of their presence by the barking of the station agent's dog. They quietly went out the back door of the depot just in time to come upon the two fugitives.
There was not the slightest hint of resistance, as the surprise was complete and the two men hardly capable of resisting. The foremost thought in their minds was the satisfying of their hunger and their only request was for food and drink. After being provided for, the men were kept in the depot all night, a guard of two men being kept over them.
Sheriff Thompson and his prisoners, accompanied by members of the posse, arrived here this morning on the early train, and the captured men were immediately lodged in jail.
So far as known the prisoners have made no statement and if they divulged anything to the officers it has not been given out here. They said, however, that they had seen the posse at various times during the chase, but had succeeded in eluding them every time they were in danger of being overtaken.
Sheriff Thompson will probably leave with his prisoners and a strong guard by train tomorrow for Globe by way of Phoenix, and the remainder of the party will return by automobile to Globe via Fort Apache.
Tuttle and his Indians were at Snowflake last night, while District Attorney Shute and some cowboys were at Woodruff. Word was sent them last night to come to Holbrook and join the party there.
The automobile of M.L. Naquin which took such a prominent part in the long pursuit, in in good shape, considering the roads over which it has traveled, many if which have been considered impassible for a machine. Had it not been for the machine, the opinion is that the murderers would still be at large.