ATTEMPTED TRAIN ROBBERY AT JAYNES IS FIRST IN MANY YEARS
Ex-Sheriff of Pima County Recalls Bad Men of Early Day
The attempted train robbery near Jaynes station Monday morning was the first incident of its kind in this county in 35 years, according to M. F. Shaw, formerly sheriff of Pima county.
"Two train robberies occurred at Vail station in 1887 within a few months of each other," Mr. Shaw said last night. "In the first one, the robbers cut off the baggage car and mail car from the rest of the train, and drove the engine and the two cars back in the direction where the rest of the train was standing. The engine got about half way back.
"The robbers came into town, took supper at a restaurant and went to bed."
The next robbery at Vail occurred in August, a few months afterward. The bandits ordered the engine crew to stop, but the latter tried to drive by. The switch had been left open, however, and the engine was ditched.
"As the locomotive whizzed by the robbers, they fired. One of the shots took off one-half of Fireman Bob Bradford's mustache as neatly as a razor would have done.
"This second time, the robbers got a lot of jewelry, which they buried.
"The same two men tried robbing a train a third time. This was just outside of El Paso, two or three months after the second Vail robbery."
By a coincidence, the two bandits came to their grief through an express messenger, just as in the Dugat case, according to Mr. Shaw.
"They had ordered the messenger to get out of the car. As he did so, he turned out the lights. One of them asked him why he had done so. As he clambered up on the car again, one of the bandits kicked him. He told me afterward that it was the kick that made him mad.
"His hand happened to touch his gun as he was climbing up. He let one of the bandits have one barrel of it. When the other robber came up to see what was the matter, he let him have the other barrel. Both bandits were killed instantly.
"Later, one of their confederates in the first Vail robbery pleaded guilty, and was sentenced to five years in the federal penitentiary at Columbus, Ohio."
Sheriff Ben F. Daniels said last night that no arrests had been made in the recent attempted train robbery case. He expressed disbelief as to one of the other robbers having been wounded in the gun play between the express messenger, Harry Stewart, and the bandits.
"The only man who was hit was Tom Dugat," Sheriff Daniels said.
Express messenger Stewart will probably arrive in Tucson this morning, and is expected to testify at the inquest before Justice of the Peace Oscar L. Pease, at 2 o'clock this afternoon.