Jirou Confesses Jaynes Train Holdup
4 TUCSON MEN IMPLICATED BY PRISONER; TWO UNDER ARREST
Well Known Business Man and His Son Taken Into Custody Monday
By making a confession of his part in the holdup of the Golden State limited on May 15, F. W. Jirou of Tucson yesterday turned state's evidence and implicated four other men. George Winkler, Sr., and his son, George Winkler, Jr., who were named by Jirou as participants in the holdup, were arrested shortly after noon yesterday. Although the other two men are at large, their whereabouts are know, and it is expected they will be arrested soon.
T. O. Dugat, the sixth member of the bandit gang, was shot and killed by Express Messenger Stewart.
Following Jirou's confession, which was made before Sheriff Ben. F. Daniels, Prosecutor George R. Darnell and Assistant Prosecutor Ben B. Mathews, Jirou was taken by the authorities in an automobile to a point about two and a half miles west of Tucson on the Silverbell road, where he led the officials to a mesquite bush along the side of the road behind which had been hidden a bag containing a few rounds of cartridges and clothing discarded by the bandits following the holdup.
At another point near Cortaro, Jirou led the officers to a point by the roadside where the bandits had discarded one of the masks worn during the holdup.
That T. O. Dugat, owner of a goat ranch about seven miles southwest of Tucson, and who was killed on the night of the holdup, really engineered the attempted robbery was the statement contained in the confession given to authorities.
Members of the party of officials who accompanied Jirou on the trip to points where the effects of the bandits were cached follow: D. O'Connell, chief special agent of the Southern Pacific; Sheriff B. F. Daniels; D. B. Riggs, special agent of the Southern Pacific; Deputy J. L. Tremaine and Joe Ryan, secretary to Mr. O'Connell.
Jirou declared that three meetings were held prior to the holdup for the purpose of perfecting their plans in every detail. These sessions were held at the Dugat ranch during the month of April.
"Dugat," said Jirou, "had also timed the speed of the train by getting the time that it left the Tucson Southern Pacific station and checking the time of its arrival at Jaynes station.
"The Friday before the holdup, Jirou and his companions met on the Silverbell road at a point where the road leading to the Dugat ranch branches off. From here they went by automobile and made a survey of the ground where it was planned to hold up the train."
Jirou declared that the torpedoes and fusees used in stopping the limited train were placed by a member of the gang who was an ex-fireman. This resulted in the halting of the train almost at the very spot where the bandits had parked their car and were laying in wait to do the holdup job.
Dugat immediately took charge of directing the operations of members of the band when the train had stopped, according to Jirou. The goat rancher boarded the engine and ordered the fireman and engineer off. Dugat then turned the two men over to the custody of Jirou.
Jirou Bosses Job
The former fireman was then instructed to make the cut of the train. It was planned to cut the mail car and combination baggage and express car away from the rest of the train equipment, according to Jirou.
However, the ex-fireman failed in the attempt because of his lack of knowledge of the new appliances that have been added to engines since he was identified in railroading.
At this point members of the band grew impatient with the delay, according to Jirou, and the fireman and engineer were called back to the engine and instructed to perform the task of making the cut. The engine and two cars were moved about five or six car lengths from the rest of the train.
The engineer and fireman were then instructed to order Express Messenger Stewart out of his car. When the express employe refused to obey the command, the bandits ordered Stewart to open the door and come out. Again the employe of the express company refused to obey, according to Jirou.
Dugat then began carrying dynamite to the door of the express car for the purpose of blowing it in. While he was engaged in this work, Express Messenger Stewart shot and killed him. A second shot fired by Stewart came very close to the head of another member of the gang, according to Jirou.
At this point an order was given by one of the leaders for withdrawal from the scene of the holdup.
Sheriff Daniels and operatives of the Southern Pacific and the American Express company declared that since investigation of the holdup started more than 75 clues had been run down.
The arrest of the two Winklers was made yesterday by Sheriff Daniels, Deputy Sheriff Tremaine, Deputy Sheriff Pat Sheehy and Special Agent Hughes. The latter is special agent for the Southern Pacific.
The officers are aware of the whereabouts of the two remaining men implicated in the holdup, according to information given out last night by officials working on the case. Chief O'Conell of the Southern Pacific is checking up one one of the men wanhted in connection with the holdup. This man left a few days ago for California. When apprehended he will be brought to Tucson and turned over to Sheriff Faniels.
The Southern Pacific company and the American Express company have had 15 men co-operating with Sheriff Daniels in the apprehension of the bandits.
Each of these companies has offered a reward of $300 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of each bandit. This makes a total reward of $600 in the case of each bandit.
Jirou declared that the nitro glycerine which was found in a thermos bottle at the scene of the holdup after the flight of the bandits was compounded by Dugat at his ranch. It was made from dynamite, a big stock of which the goat rancher had on his premises.