Joel Columbus Craycroft 15 Nov 1892 Fresno CA, SF Chronicle

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Joel Columbus Craycroft  15 Nov 1892 Fresno CA, SF Chronicle - Janit 0SED A HATCEET TBAMP3 ATTACK BRICK...
Janit 0SED A HATCEET TBAMP3 ATTACK BRICK EMPLOYES KILH A Fierce Battle in Which One Man Is Seridusly Injured Injured Bpeetal Despatch to the Chuoxiclb Feesjfo November 14 A desperate fight occurred last night just outside tho city limits at a brick kiln belonging to J C Craycroft The - trouble grear out of a refusal on the part of Mr Craycroft to employ two strangers who applied for a job about a week ago He had all the men he needed and told tbe strangers so but they were rude and went away in ill hnmor List night they came back and tried to pick a quarrel with the employes challenging tkem to a duel and in other ways threatening them Finally they went away and after a while the men at the kiln lay down to sleep all except Mr Craycroft and George - Fleibarty who remained remained on watch to keep the fire burning Oscar Clem who bad wrapped himself in a blanket was asleep near the furnace Suddenly one of the strangers came running op with a hatchet and spring ing upon tne sleeping man raisea tne hatchet and was on the point of sinking it into Clem head when Mr Craycroft prang forward with a club and struck the man a blow on tbe forehead knocx - ling him senseless The hatchet fell to the ground Instsntiy a second stranger rushed up caught the hatchet and was about to strike Clem when a second blow from Mr Craycroft stretched bim upon the ground Tne blow was not sufficient to stun him and he sprang to his feet canght up a brick and renewed the as - Another blow from the club otaggered him and be ran off The first man had fallen almost in the fire He was dragged out and laid on his face so tbe blood would not strangle him Be waa insensible and a man was sent into town for constables to arrest the strangers but before the of ficers could arrive the man who had been struck and had escaped came running back with two confederates and renewed the fight Finding that clnbs could not be used with effect Mr Craycroft drew his revolver and began firing at the assailants assailants One fell but rose again and renewed renewed the fight The revolver being emptied emptied the raea od txtbdes fought with flnbs - fandftrickaj jnst - tben iofficars Crntcher andBabcock iTrtved from town and all three assailants were captured Tha one who had been first struct by Mr Craycroft still lay insensible bnt after awhile revived and all four were taken to jail where theygav their names as E M Vanderwelss Arthur Travis Charles Wilton Wilton and Joseph Kane All four have the appearance of tramps Kane was shot through the arm and was badly beaten about the ceaJ Travis was the worst part He if was who was knocked senseless senseless His face - is fearfully bruised and swollen All four will be arraigned tomorrow tomorrow

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  1. San Francisco Chronicle,
  2. 15 Nov 1892, Tue,
  3. Page 4

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