3 June 1913

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FOREIGNERS ASSAULT DISARM MARSHAL FORD THROW HIS GUN AWAY. Benbow Marshall Snapped at Roughs With Pistol But It Didn't Go Off, Is Handled Roughly. • •. .' Five heavy-weight foreigners •'assaulted Marshal Jerome Ford , 'ttf Benbow Cl'y yesterday afternoon, late, in front of the Nic Harttoan place, took his revolver from him and, In the melee that followed, one of them planted a blow In his face which colored his left eye. Ford Is a man of small statue and was physically unable to.. cope with his .opponents. . He would have, got the upper hand of the affray ^utd probably have shot one or two of the men with his revolver had it not been for the, failure of his loaded 38 revolver to work at the proper time. Three of the men were lodged in jail and two escaped. Ford, according to his own story, notified Nic Hartman and • his bartender Frank Boyd to see about a man's hortse and buggy that torai wandering driverless in front of the Hartman place yesterday afternoon. He told Hartiman that he would take care of the horse himself If It .were not looked after. Shortly afterward when passing the Hartman place on his beat l w^h" Douglas! Hobson,. i* bartender at' the Murphy saloon, Hartman came out and asked Ford why he interfered In'Jtho disposition of the horse and buggy. One word brought on another and when Hartman became abusive, Ford ordered him tinder arrest. He refused to accompany the marshal whereupon Ford drew his gun. The struggle began, Hartmap grabbed the gun, getting h's large fingers under the hammer In so that -ihe guri could not be discharged. 1 ; ^ord kept -yie, gun .turned on thp ^saloonkeeper, and tried to pull the trigger, but tailed, . , , Hartman, who Is a strong, large man, then wrenched the gun the marshal and threw It away.'l ibflgan ^stelklng at- Ha$man?'to ward off blows which 1 Were 1 Ultned at him when Boyd and three otfl^tt aidljig Hartman downed hlnVttf tbtf W^ 1 walk, hammering, him as he tell. Ford called fqr help and Murphy and his father, Wiley Ford, a councilmen, responded.' "They managed to beat off the assailants and, get .away! t . Afterwards warrants were Issued. Mayor A. 'IS. Benbbw and Justice J. T, Ashlock accompanied Ford, his father and Murphy \ti^ th,e Salopn ^vhero tbo warrants, were served on Hartman, Boyd and another .foreigner. Two of the 'foreigners acccuued got away anft are still miss- Ing. Har f man and Boyd and the other foreigner are out on bond for Saturday morning charged with disturbing the peace and resisting arrest. , '

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  1. Alton Evening Telegraph,
  2. 03 Jun 1913, Tue,
  3. Page 1

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