Isaiah Crane and fugitives, more Mar 14, 1884

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Isaiah Crane and fugitives, more
Mar 14, 1884 - in a of of its as of a Kel-ley's. to an to he...
in a of of its as of a Kel-ley's. to an to he Mc-Pike IMP0STAIT ASSIST. Deputy Sheriff Kelly, of this county, ar rested Cooo Franklin last Thursday at Mr. John Leminons piacs, some seven or eight miles from Palmyra. Coon Franklin will be remembered in connection with tbe robbery of a county commissioner in Sullivan county, an event which occurred some months since. The statement st the time was to the effect that on tbe night of tbe day upon which tbe township collector paid the money ($303.00) over to tbe commissioner, a masked man entered the commis si oner's office, and presenting two cocked pistols at tbe commissioner's head, ordered him to hand over the money, which modest command be of course obeyed. Tbe masked man walked off with tbe money, except $5.00. which he dropped oa the floor. There was something in the case which led the citizens of Sullivan county to suspect the commissioner of complicity with the reputed robber, and we believe tbe commissioner was arrested. Tbe robbery was charged to Coon and Fletch Franklin, his brother. An effort was msde to arrest the Franklins in Sullivan county, in which an over-sanguine citizen got killed. The man killed made a dying statement to the effect that be was shot and killed by Fletch Franklin. Tbe Franklins immediately left Sullivan county and came to Marion, in the neighborhood of what is called "Pea Ridge," on the bluffs ot the North River. In this neighborhood tbey bave a kinsman, we believe, in tbe person of one Isaiah Crane. After tbe arrest of Coon, the party proceeded to tbe Crane residence for the purpose of arresting Fletch Franklin. In this they did not succeed. It appears that Fletch was warned by his kinsman of the approach of the party, whereupon tbe worthy immediately broke for tbe brush which abounds in that neighborhood. Deputy Sheriff Kelly was on hand with a double barrelled shot gun loaded with buckshot. He took deliberate aim at tbe flying fugitive, but failed to get his man a mishap which docs not often occur with Kelly. Before Kelly shot, several pistol shots had been exchanged between Franklin and Mr. Fleming, but without effect The search in the brush proved unavailing, and at last accounts nothing more authentic bas been heard of Fletch Franklin. Fletch Franklin is the same man who was arrested some four or five years ago in tbe same neighborhood by the Deputy Sheriff and J. M. Nickell, then Marshal of the city of Hannibal. Tbe affair was lively while it lasted. It is fair to say that the Sheriff of Sullivan county was busy guarding Coon Franklin while our deputy and his posse were trying to arrest iT'f,, ,.k rr. .1 ...v.i iu ...j . i. : i Tk4it was important to hold what be bad, ana Demies naving a post ol honor nc sin had one of safety. 01 at

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  1. The Palmyra Spectator,
  2. 14 Mar 1884, Fri,
  3. Page 3

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