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aud hit, and, her feet, man at even man .1ed lost and a heela who although to un- the the be the end saw drew the car. drew lady the latter both the lie nnd 'i girl, big his get 1 2s 'o feet. a with that Hjul AS AOMIMMIPfcHAtirt. Kllhn Oven, Who twflod <fnolle* tot Ve»M, Is IlMlt »t tMi. for article orange a and of cor the recipe dower a list addresses as ll 'iltt 'linrclUspilrh.] Word has been received at Ked Stone Junction, Pa., that ICIihu Gregg, who for fifty years had been the terror of the border farmers of Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Ohio and Maryland, was found dead In the West Virginia mountains, with a bullet hole in his breast. Gregg, who was over eighty years old, had just been released from prison iu this county for horse stealing, mid went at once to West Virginia, Bwenring he would kill certain persons whom he charged with treachery to him, 11 Is supposed he met death at the hands of one of those moan- taineers while striving to carry out his threats, t Jregg was a desperate character. in his long career as a horse aud cattle thief he managed to elude justice with rare cunning nnd skill. While hiding in the West Virginia mountains in 1S0U, to icape arrest for a bold cattle theft in Ohio, he WBB arrested on a charge made by a resident of Preston county that Uregg had slandered him. Oregg had property in Preston county, nnd n judg- eut was obtained against him in this suit. Before a writ could be Issued for the records ordering the tale of his property to satisfy the Judgment, Oregg set lire to the court house, and the bulking with all the county records were entirely consumed. That prevented the sale of flregg's property. Incendiarism was a capital offense in Wet Virginia at that time, and Oregg was convicted of burning the court house nd was sentenced to be hanged on Sept. a, 1809. A new trial was obtained by or- ler of the supreme court, and he WOB •unvlcted the secouJ time and sentenced to be hanged on Jan. 28, 1870. Gregg lug his way out of jail a week after his sentence, and his whereabouts were not known for seven years, although many bold and skillful thefts of horses and cattle at different points along the border satisfied the inhabitants that the robber was prowling about on his old circuit. In December, 1887, he suddenly nppeard at Hice's Landing, Greene county, this state, where he had a daughter living. He de munded that her husband should join him in a scheme to steal several valuabh horses In that neighborhood. The sou in-law refused and the old mau gave hin: a terrible beating, lie remained nt Kice 'd Landing, and a week later officers from Preston county appeared in the place and captured him. Swearing that his son-in- law had betrayed him, Oregg made an attempt to kill both him and his wife, nu attempt that was nearly successful. The old criminal was taken back to the Preston county jail, where he swallowed an ounce of laudanum, but was saved by the doctors. His counsel raised the point that as the date for Gregg's hanging had passed he could not be hanged. The case WBB two years in the courts, when it was decided that Oregg could be hanged, and he was again seuteuced, the date being fixed for February 0, 1880. Governor ifatthews commuted his sentence to imprisoumeut lor life and in 1881 he was pardoned. lie again disappeared, aud after a year or two his death was reported from West Virginia. In November, 1880, several daring thefts of horses and cattle were committed on both sides of the state line, but it was not until the robbery of James Knight's stable, at Kedstone Junction, that officers got on the trail of the thief. They followed his track for six weeks over the states of West Virginia, Ohio and the southern part of Pennsylvania, and at last they led to a wild part of the mountains in Pres • ton county, W. Va. The officers followed for mites icto the wilderness aud came upon a hut iu the rocks. In it wero found two horses, one of them being one that was stolen from Knight in this place. A man sprang from one corner of the hut, nnd firing a pistol at one of the officers, grappled with them. He was recognized us Klihu Gregg, loug supposed to he dead. He was overpowered, hut while his captors were on their way with him to the staut line he eacaped from them. He eluded his pursuers, and it was not until last May that I IB was retaken. He escaped with a six months term of imprisonment. As lie Wemts. A

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  1. The Hutchinson News,
  2. 27 Dec 1887, Tue,
  3. Page 8

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