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killing of bunch - 1892. TEN PAGES. NO. 211. KILLING OF BTJNCH. f...
1892. TEN PAGES. NO. 211. KILLING OF BTJNCH. f The Famous Railroad Bobber Comes to the Expected End. - Surrounded by Detectires, He Shows risht and Is Slala. The Affair Occurs. Near Franilinton, in Washington Parish. The Remarkable History of the Noted Outlaw From School Teacher to Bandit, He Shows a Marvelous Eecord, More Feared Than any Bandit Except Bubo Borrows. Cajtain Eocene Bnneh SLAIN. The Famous Train Bobber Riddled With Ballets. Amite, La., Aug. 2a Special. The inhabitants of this quiet town were treated to a genuine sensation earl this moraine, when it was known that Detectives Thos. Jackson and C. O. Summers had made a midnight entrance into Amite bearing captive the notori ous Colonel Hob good, the confederate of the famous Eugene Bunch. It soon deepened to intense excitement when it was learned that on Sunday morning the great tram robber had been - - ; . : KXCOCSTEKKD AKD K1XLF.O '. about eighteen miles east of Franklin - ton. " ; , Hobgood was immediately secured in the parish jail, and has preserved since a sullen silence on the tragio subject. The detectives, however, were com municative, and in the course of an in terview had with them at their hotel, furnished your correspondent with the following particulars : THE CAPTURE Or BUNCH was undertaken by Captain T. F. Jack son, a resolute detective, who greatly aided in the capture of Rube Burrows. He was assisted by Chas. O. Summers. of Chicago, both being in. the employ of the Southern Express Company. Tbey have for months been working up tbe case, and finally located their man at the point where he was killed. They learned that "a brother of Hobgood was in communication with the fugitives. and in this way succeeded in scenting them out. UPON APPROACHING THE FARMHOUSE, located in a wild region, they dis mounted, and concealing themselves soon saw Hobgood and Bunch at some distance. They demanded their surrender and Hobgood threw np h is hands Bunch, however, wheeled and fired, the bullet missing, its mark. The detectives then replied with Win chesters and riddled Bunch with bul lets. He expired without a word and his body was carried to Franklinton, where it was IDENTIFIED AND BURIED. ' The personal effects recovered from Bunch consist of a laige sack, which is in the possession of the detectives and which weighs at least 100 pounds. The contents of this include field glass es, masks, paint, pistols, tools and dynamite. The detectives report that the great Bunch was CLAD LIKE A TRAMP. A large crowd of carious citizens assembled at the depot to: see . Hobgood em baric on the evening tram for JSew Orleans in charge of tbe detectives. This exploit seems now to have brok en up entirely the desperate gang which have operated so successfully in these parts under the leadership of Eugene Bunch. THE PARTI CULABS. He Opens Fire on His Pursuers, Whe Shoot Him to DMth. Franklinton. La., Auji. 2L Spe cial. The noted train robber. Captain Eugene Bunch, is no more. Detectives Jackson and Summers and posse arrived this evening with his body and his pal. Colonel Hopgood, who offered no resistance to the posse. The outlaws wefe found near the place of Rob HopKood. brother to Colo nel Hopgood. Captain Bunch got tbe first sight of the posse, and immediately began firing, but owing to the protection of a fence, his shots were ineffectual. The firing was returned simultaneously by the entire posse, and their shots completely V RIDDLED THE BODY OF BUNCH, As soon as Hopgood found his partner lying in death he threw up his hands and was handcuffed. . ; ' . Colonel Hootrood states that cone a ana he were only waiting to get some money and clothes from friends, ana then they were going to take their departure for Honey isiand, on Pearl river. . . . Bnnch has been in hiding in this pariah for eome time. After hia robbery! the Northeastern train in October. 1858. he found this parish a favorite hiding place. He had many warm friends here, who spared no efforts to conceal his whereabouts. .V . . Colonel Hopgood Will De conveyea v , Amite City to - night, and from thence they will take hun to Marian county. Miss., where he is WANTED FOB THE MURDER of John Terrell last f alL The people nere have reason to thank the detectives and other parties for their capture of these bold desperadoes. They had become a menace and nuisance to all honest and peace - abidingcitizeus. They have terrorized the people, and what was known of their lawless acta was talked of in whispers and with the utmost caution by those who lived in the vicinity: of their hiding places. Bunch's remains will be interred here and the detectives have given instructions that the body have deeent burial. Anderson, of Ellisville. Miss., waa arrested and lodged in jail here to - day. He is charged with selling whisky without a license. With him was arrested Jim Gay, who is wanted by the sheriff of Marion county. - BIOGRAPHICAL. The Bomantle Story of tbe School Teacher Who Turned Train " . Bobber. En gene F. Bnnch was a Mississippian by birth, the youngest of a family of two sons and a daughter, and was born in 1841. His father removed to Tangipahoa parish while the children were not yet out of their teens. The boys received a good education, and Eagene being a very bright boy, advanced rapidly in his studies. When the war broke out in 1861 Eagene was 20 years of - age and enlisted in a company raised in Tangipahoa parish, among the members of which were many who afterwards became prominent citizens in Tangipahoa, and who still live in that section. Bunch proved to be a good soldier and gave many evidences of that bravery approaching almost to desperation which marked his career in life. While not exactly of a quarrelsome disposition, he was quick tempered and became involved in many quarrels and fights with his comrades, but nothing serious ever came from these little differences. He contracted some bad habits, however, during the campaign around Port Hudson, Baton Rouge and eastern Louisiana, among which was a passion for . GAMBLING AND DRINKING. At the close of the war Bunch returned to Tangipahoa parish and taught school at Amite City. His habits mitigated against his success as a pedagogue and soon his dissipation became known and, as usual in a small country town, became common talk. He was deposed, and for a time matters went from bad to worse. He became a confirmed drunkard, and was soon an object of pity or contempt. Finding that all chances of obtaining a livelihood in that community were at an end. Bunch emigrated to Texas and started anew a career which ended in his death. Gainesville, in Cooke eountv. Tex was the place at which he determined to remain and he quickly be came auite a popular man. having in a great extent reformed, especially the drinking habit. His father, "mother, sister and brother had meantime died. victims to consumption, of wnich in sidious disease Bunch believed be would himself eventually fall a victim. He was elected city clerk in Gaines ville, and having access to all the books and papers, as well as handling consid erable cash, Jiuncn uvea in clover, Lana was at mat time oemg eagerly sought for in that locality, and Bunch availed himself of this faot to reap a harvest oi money, ms nnanciai ventures and the discrepancies in, his cash soon became known, but not before Bunch had shaken the dnst of Gainesville from his feet. His ill - gotten . wealth, however, seemed to take unto itself wings and was soon gone. Bunch then adopted THE LIFE OF A TRAIN ROBBER, ' and two "hold - ups" near Texarkana in 1866 - S7 are booked against him. While enioving the proceeds of these robbings he became acquainted with a woman oi attractive appearance, educated and of good family, who had left her husband and was living in Dallas, Tex. Bunch was a tall, net bad looking man. in fact a typical Texas bravo, and strange as it may appear, the woman became infatuated with him. In the latter part of May or early in Jane. 1888. Bunch assumed the name of captain, and with his ostensible wife he "appeared in New Orleans. Tbey took up their quarters at a Carondelet street boarding - house, and although living quietly, yet attracted attention from the contrast in their appearance. During the following months the pair frequently absented themselves from the city, sometimes for several days at a time ; their little tours or excursions beingto Bay St. Louis. Pearl - ington. Pearl River, Covington and various places in St. Tammany, Washington or Tangipahoa parishes, in all of which Bunch was well acquainted, and knew every foot ot ground,' every bypath, stream or road, for he was an excellent woodsman and hunter, being a splendid shot with the ride, and, thanks to his Texas education, exceedingly quick with his revolver and a good marksman. These accomplishments in a manner explained his great FONDNESS FOR WEAPONS, a good stock of which he always had in, his room. , In the latter part of September, 188S. the captain and the lady. left the city and repaired to St. Tammany parish, making their headquarters at the house of a man named Leon Pounds, who was a great friend of Bunch. On the 3d of Oetober the New Orleans and Northeastern Railway tram was n.ir rwhv. a small station just north of Pearl River, a signal hav - belL A tall, thin man, wearing a red handkerchief over the lower portion of his face, jumped oft the train, and dis - in thA wood alongside the track. It was then ascertained that the express car naa oeen ruuu - inrMnnmofmoney and bonds stolen from the messenger's safe. The robber naa Doaraoa mo .hnm and waiting until it was under way, had locked the front door of the smoking ear and entering the composite car. consisting o uiau. baggage and express car, nati aurpnaeu the baggage - master, and levelling a revolver at his head ordered him to throw up his hands. The baggage - master was ; . .or) tst tnm his back to the rob ber, who, stepping behind him placed his two hands, each grasping a, revolver, on the baggage - master's shoulder, and pushing him forward ADVANCED OX THE EXPRESS. MESSENGER. who wan. at the time, busy at tbe safe. The robber ordered the messenger to place all the cash and valuables contained in the safe into several' bags, with which the robber had provided himself, 1 and which he threw towards the trembling messenger. Tbe order was obeyed promptly, if not with alacrity, for the muzzles of the two revolvers and the dangerous glitter in tho robber's gray eyes possessed a persuasive eloquence which the messenger could not resist. As soon aa the little sacks were hUed, and there' did not appear to be anything more of valne in the safe, toe robber jerked the bell rope, and whenj tbe train stopped, jumped off and dis appeared. This daring and extensive robbery ,tb work of one man, single - handed and alone, caused great excitement in the city, and the aid of the city police force and Boylau's Agency was at once in - - voked, and a dozen detectives were soon at work. In a few days it was ascertained that Captain Eugene F. Bunch was the robber, and it was equally certain that he was still within a radius of a few miles from the scene of the crime. Honey island, the upper end of which is still a virgin forest of tangled vines, dense and almost impenetrable cans brakes, with large oak, gum and cypres! trees, the branehes of which almost touched tbe ground, rendered the northern end of the island almost impassable to man, except a thorough woodsman and swamper and one well acquainted with the surround ings. It was here that BUNCH CONCEALED HIMSELF and thus remained until the excitement and ardor of the chase had abated. Meantime the woman and ' Leon Pounds had been arrested, and in her trunk was found $1400 in cash and a box of dynamite cartridges. Although, the money conld not be identified as a portion of that stolen from the train. ' yet in order to effect her release ths woman waived all claims thereto and it was returned to the express company. The box of dynamite came into possession of Captain Malone, and it wai only abont a week ago that it was handed to the doorman of the Eighth precinct station, who was instructed to drop it in the middle of the rivet from the ferry - boat, and in order to guard against accident a long string was tied to the box and it was dropped cautiously into tho river.and after sinking a distance the string was let go and the dynamite sank. The woman was released, there being no evidence against her, but her every movement was then closely watched, the officers thinking that she would correspond with Bunch and he oould thus be located. t Bunch remained concealed for sev ': eral weeks, only coming forth from th island recesses to obtain food. Soon all search for hiiri ceased and it being re. " ported that he had lied to Mexico, m . further attention was paid to the rob ber. Once in a while his name would be mentioned, and several times reports reached the police that lie waa STILL IN THE VICINITT OF PEARL RIVER, and that he had been seen and spoken to in some of tbe towns in Washington. St. Tammany and Tangipahoa parishes.. The police, however, paid no attention to the reports, attributing them to idl rumor. In 18S9 the Illinois Central train was robbed at Duck Hill, Bliss., and a pas senger, braver than tbe train hands oi express messengers, picked up a Winchester and opened fire on the robbers, three in nnmosr. The latter returned the fire and killed tbe brave passenger. This robbery was at first attributed to .Bunch, but it subsequently transpired that the redoubtable Rube Burrows and two companions were the robbers. Among those suspected at the time was Henry Shirliug, a Mississippi farmer, who was a most desperate man, but against whose honesty do - cgs - could whisper a word, 'f he officers of . the express company and the detectives harbored grave suspicions against Shir - .. ling, and for several months hunted him. but without success. After this at long intervals robberies and safe blowing were reported in various country towns, bat no suspicion attached to any one. About five days before last Mardi Gras day the store of Messrs. Babbington Bros., in Franklinton. the courthouse of Washington parish, was entered by thieves, who blew open a safe and stole therefrom several hnndred dollars. The explosion aronsed some of the clerks, and as the robbers lied, one of them was WOUNDED IN THE ARM. If the people of that town had any idea who the thief or thieves were they would not give voice to their suspicion, and in a few days the matter was f off - gotten. Bunch, who had meantime assumed tbe name of Captain Gnice, appeared afterwards with his arm in a sling and stated that it had been caused by an accident. It was he who had robbed the store. v Several months ago. in April last, a train of the Illinois Central Railway was held up and the messenger's sals of the Southern Express Company robbed of a number of watches, soma jewelry and a small amount of money. The robbers had boarded the train at Hammond, and as soon as it started made their way to the engine and covered the engineer and fireman with revolvers. At Independence, about fifteen miles above, the train was sidetracked and remained there for some time to allow the south bound train to ass. The conductor and brakenian id not become aware of anything being amiss, although at the time the engineer and fireman ' were covered by the revolvers of the robbers. After the train started the robbers had matters their own way, and stopping the train at Xewsom's mill, several miles above Amite, they robbed the express car, and mounting horses rode oli into the woods toward the eastward.. ' - DETECTIVE TOM JACKSON was at the time of the robbery in Jack ... . i l 1 - A son. Miss., ana as soon as at) ucaru oi tbe affair secured bloodhounds, and with a posse started down tbe road on a special engine for the scene. ' The hounds were put on the track and trailed the robbers for eome distance, but finally lost the trail. It waa evident, however, that they had gone " - towards Pearl river, and the ofheera became satisfied that Bunch had a hand in the affair. Superintendent Fisher of tbe South era Express Company, determined to run Bunch down then ana set about te find a resolute man, one whom Bnaoh would have no hesitancy in trusting, ' yet one whom he could rely uoon implicitly. If he could only secure the SERVICES OF HENRT SHIRLINO. He was brave, truthful, and possessed the additional recommendation of being under the ban ot an indictment pending against him for murder, lie sought Shirling and found him on his farm in Mississippu - bbiriing had but mst received a Iettei from Bunch urging him to Join his gang in Washington parish, and when Superintendent Fisher broached the subject, told him about the letter. A bargain was concluded and Shirling answered Bunch's letter, agreeing to his proposition. Superintendent Fisher says, regarding Shirling. that he was a remarkable man. He had killed at least a dozen men and had no more hesitancy in taking a human life than a butcher would in slaughtering a hog. Yet he was scrupulously honest and would not steal a cent from anybody. Tho Dead Man's Widow Living in Texas. n.iTu t.t An a. 22 - Special The widow of Eugene Banch, the noto rious train robber, slain m L - ouisiaua yesterday. lives quietly in south Dallas with her onlr eon. She ia a respected lady and has ceased to have mortal relations with Bach for some time. She : never hears of him . , , To your corroepouucmi duo mu& n

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  1. The Times-Picayune,
  2. 23 Aug 1892, Tue,
  3. Page 1

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