tramps shooting 1896

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tramps shooting 1896 - ISHOOTING AFFRAY AT DURYEA Frank Lambert, a...
ISHOOTING AFFRAY AT DURYEA Frank Lambert, a Youns Man, Dan gerously Wounded. A GANG OF TRAMPS DO THE WORK The Tonus; Men Enter Andrew Pallady's Saloon to Oat Drink, Bat Were Pat Oat and Then Shot The Tramps and Proprietor Arretted, Bat Two Escape from tha Officer. Thanksgiving being aholllay, Daryeabat its usual shooting affny. The vlot'm a as frank Lambert, a youog man of that town, who Is now lying in a very serious con dition with three bullet wounds in his body. The affair occurred at eleven o'clock lust night at a silooo kept by Andrew Psllay, a Pole, in the basement of a three - story frame building on Stephenson street, jist opposite the German Catholli Church. It seems that a gang of men, strangers In the community, have been hanging abont Dnryea tor many months, and they have spent muoh of their time in Pallay's saloon, apparently being qnlte at home there. These men, six lu number, were In the saloon last night, and one of them, William Coegrove by name, was behind the bar, when a crowd of Daryea yonng men, In cluding Frank Lambert, John Toye, Frank Coegrove. Arthur Rdid and George Brenz, entered the place and called for tb inks. According to Betd's story, toli , the re porters this morning, the your en asked for drinks, whioh were refuted. Raid then said, "Let's go where we can get some," and the young men started for the door. Then the crowd of strangers tramps, to be more explicit shoved t e youoger ones out through the door. Ai awn as tbey were out on the street, the sh its were fired quite a number of them. Reid says that there was no quarrel whatever, and no more words than those mentioned above. The tramps, he said, were drunk. Three of the bullets struck youog Lam bert. One of the ballets grazed bla head, causing a fleeh won ad. Another passed hrough the flesby part of the right leg, juft above the knee. The third entered his back, and its course baa not yet been discovered. The wound in the back is a moat dangerous one and has left Lambert in a very weak condition. After the shooting, Lambert ran towards town. One doctor refused to treat him, and he fell from aheer exhaustion near the Hallstead engine bouse. Then he was oar ried to the home of hU brother, Thomae Lambert, in one of the company houses on the back road, where Dr. Burlington treat ed him. At ten o'clock this morning, when the reporters were at the house, the patient was conscious, but be was suffer ing muoh pain and had a very high fever, nr. John Wenfz, of Scraaton, bad been oalled and waa expected to take charge of tin ease. Lambert is a single man about twenty - five years of age. He waa the only sap port oi widowed mother, Mra. Angus, who lives on the back road, near the Le high Valley Rillrojd. Be is said to be of a very quiet disposition. His mother Is very muoh affected by the trouble, and she was in a serious condition today. John Toye, another of the crowd of I young men, was shot in the leg, but the bullet caused merelr a fl?b wound. He was about as usual today. After the shooting the tramps remained In the saloon. Messengers were sent to this city for help, and about two o'clock Detective George Brown, Constable Blttle, Constable Bennett and Offioer Tlghe went to the house. The men were found lying on the floor upstairs, and seven of them, Including the proprietor, were placed under arrest The men slept with revolvers under their heads, and considerable oare bid to be eierclsd in making the arrests, but were made success! ully. Offioer Brown managed to grab a big double - action revolver from under one man's pillow just as the fellow waa about t j get It. The prisoners were given a hearing be fore 'Squire Gilboy. They gave their names aa B Connors, James Ryan, Lonls Clark, Win. Coegrove, J. Bradley, J. Flood and Andrew Pallay, the latter the saloon keeper. Several witnesses were heard and the prisoners were all commuted for a further hearing. The officers started with the men for Plttaton, walking down the D. L. & W. Railroad track from the head of the canal. There were seven prisoners but only four officers. The prisoners, were htndcnffed in pairs, but when the road leading down to Everbart'e Inland was reaohed, two of the men who were bound together Bradley and Flood made a successful break for liberty. Tbe officers did not dare to leave the other prisoners, and the two runaways escaped. Cons ab'e Bennett fired five shots after them without iSxt The other five were brought to this city and landed in tbe lock - up. It is suspected that the gang under ar rest has had something to do with tbe many robberies that have happened of late in the neighborhood of Durjea, and this mornlDit "Squire (iilbry Issued a warrant authorizing fie offira to search the Pal lay house. Tbe search wai made, bat nothing of Importance was discovered. There was oorslderable excitement In Daryea over the affair, and large crowds of people hung about the Pallay place and tbe Lambert residence.

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  1. Pittston Gazette,
  2. 04 Dec 1896, Fri,
  3. Page 4

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