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 - . it ., G-Men Seize Two In Missouri Gun Battle...
. it ., G-Men Seize Two In Missouri Gun Battle CUrenee .Sparger and John Langdon, Wanted for Robbery, Robbery, Taken in Fierce Machine Machine Gun Fight at Hickmin Mills. FEDERAL MAN WOUNDED The Department of Justice Re- fusei to Name Injured Man— Sparger, Snot Three Times, Believed Member of O'Malley Gang. Kansas City, April 21 (#>)— Clarence Clarence Sparger and John Langdon, sought by the government for bank robbery and automobile theft, were arrested today after a fierce gun fight near here in which Sparger and a federal officer were wounded. wounded. Department of justice men refused refused to name the agent. The bureau of investigation said Sparger is under indictment with other members of the Walter "Irish" O'Malléy gang, midwest desperadoes, desperadoes, for the $16,685 robbery of the First National bank of Neosho, Mo., March 2, 1935. Langdon was wanted wanted in connection with the theft of an automobile near Sioux City, Iowa. Machine guns shattered the quiet of the countryside at a tourist cabin at Hickman Mills, Mo., after a 5- hour wait by federal men and highway highway patrolmen. At 5 a. m., an officer called "come out, the place is surrounded." Desperado Opens Fire. Sparger, clad in underwear, appeared appeared at the door. Without a word he opened fire with a pistol. The officers riddled the cabin. Then Sparger crawled from the door. He had been shot in the back, shoulder shoulder and leg. Officers brought him to a hospital here. Huddled in .a corner of the cabin was a woman who said she was Lillian Lillian Juanita Sparger, 28, Sparger's wife. She made no resistance. While guiis blazed at the cabin a detachment of officers entered a' nearby roadhouse. In the attic they found Langdon. Officers said he was lying on the floor and had been drinking. Langdon and the Sparger woman were taken to the bureau o£ investigation investigation offices here. Langdon also was ; wanted, officers said, in connection connection with the shooting of a deputy' deputy' sheriff of ' Wyandotte county, SJinsas,' last ¡September, '"• ; "¿Uparger V5£s7 reinove'd • later : toSSy. fjjom the hospitáí and taken to a hospital cell in the county Jail, Where he was held incommunicado. He r gave his ' address as 411 Michigan; Michigan; avenue, St. Joseph, Mo. HAS Long Record. Langdon, known also as Martin J. Langan, had been sought for a wide diversity of crimes here. In November, 1933, he was arrested in connection with a bank robbery at Springfield, Mp. In March, Í934, he failed to appear appear in court to answer charges of robbing a church and later, after an attempt was made to rob the Citizens bank at Blythedale, Mo., was named as a companion of Charles '.'Bad Eye" Arbogast, who was arrested when the robbery was frustrated. Officers said Arbogast told them Sparger and Langdon had been his companions. Police files here showed Sparger had a long police record at St. Joseph. When Vivian Chase, styled by some officers as the No. l female public enemy of the nation, was found slain here last November, the names of Langdon and Sparger were injected into the investigation by police who said they were known associates of the woman. Last September Ellsworth J. Edwards, Edwards, Wyandotte county deputy, sheriff, was shot when he attempted to question. a man and woman in a motor car near White Church, Kan., west of Kansas City, Kan. The man escaped after Edwards had slain the woman, later identified identified as Mrs. Margaret Langan, wife of Langdon. Edwards . recovered from his wounds' and the car jn which the man, believed to be Langdon, escaped, escaped, was later found near Paola. O'Malldy Is in Prison. Walter O'Malley, known as "Irish," was arrested in Kansas City federal officers charged he was the leader of a notorious gang of bank robbers who operated in Missouri, Missouri, Oklahoma and Arkansas. Subsequently O'Malley pleaded guilty to the kidnaping of August Luer, Alton, 111., banker. He is now serving a life term in prison.

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  1. The Emporia Gazette,
  2. 21 Apr 1936, Tue,
  3. Page 6

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