Clipped From The Chillicothe Constitution-Tribune
. LESSON OP THE GALLATIN BANK ROBBERY. The ease with which six bandits robbed a bank at Gallatin, Mo., after after wounding the mayor and night watchman and Intimidating a hundred hundred "or more ci.tizens, demonstrates the helplessness of the average country town In such circumstances. What chance has a watchman or constable, however courageous, against a desperate desperate gang bent on robbery? And tb.e citizens themselves are helpless, because taken by surprise, and the work of blowing and looting the vault is over so quickly that they have no time to grasp the situation and marshal marshal their forces. So the story of Gallatin is the story of other rural bank robberies. The bandits arrived In an automobile in the early morning morning hour, secured their plunder and departed as they came. They had their will of the town, and escaped without leaving a clew as to their Identity. This demonstrates anew the need of rural police system in Missouri. The need dated from the. time the automobile . came into general use, and it is becoming more insistent as the mileage of good country roads IB extended. The cry is raised In some quarters that state police would place an additional burden on the taxpayers, taxpayers, but experience of other states has shown that by detecting unlicensed unlicensed vehicles alone the police practically practically pay for themselves. Further, by the capture of bank robbers and .other .other criminals and the recovery of stolen money and goods they mater- 1 lally add to the safety, of life and property throughout the rural sections sections of the state. When It convenes In January the -legislature ^should consider this very , Important question.--St. question.--St. Joseph News-Press.