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Conkle - PLUNDERINO PASSENGERS. Ar - nacgageaaaeter aad...
PLUNDERINO PASSENGERS. Ar - nacgageaaaeter aad Brakeman rested for Bobbing Trunks. Bt. Louib, May 8 C. A. Craygoa, baggage master, and William Herzog, brakeman, on the run from Longvlew to Texarkana, on the International A Great Northern, are now lodged in Jail at Longvlew and will be prosecuted for a series of systematic robberies of baggage extending over the past near or two. The Missouri Pa - oiflo company lias paid between $4,000 and $5,000 to passengers as lndemlnlty for losses sustained by pilfering from trunks, but the secret service police were unable to ferret outthepoipetra - tors. Alfred It. Conklin, an attorney of New York, was one of the sufferers. He has been robbed of Jewelry, etc, to a considerable amount. The latest victim was Circuit Attorney Harris, ot this city, who lately returned from a Texas trip. He found bis trunk had been plundered and reported It Detectives were sent out and an Investigation narrowed It down to the run between Laredo and Texarkana. In variably trunks of passengers to re mote northen and eastern points been ransacked. It was ascertained that Hersoe'ahd Crazon. baggagemastera on the same train, roomed together at Longvlew. Both are old railroad men formerly from Chicago, where the father of one of the accused is now connected with the Chicago, Bur lington & Qulnoy. On gaining ao - enss to the suspected men's apartments the deteotives found three very large trunks with Intricately constructed locks. To catch them in the act of pilfering baggage was next to Impossible, for tho baggage - master had access to the trunks at times when he could not be observed. It was risky business to break open the railroaders' massive trunks without more conclusle (evidence man had been obtained (several keys failed to unlock them. One of the operators took a room directly opposite, and feigning sickness remained to watch, while the other went to Dallas and procured a locksmith. The trunks were unlocked and were found packed with valuables of every description. The missing articles of Mr. Conkle's were found with Mr. Harris' diamond stud and other things that had been taken from his baggage. It was the brakemau's share in the conspiracy to gain all the information he could (roui passengers and then tell tbe bncaraaeman what trunks could be expected to yield valuable plunder.

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  1. Fort Wayne Daily Gazette,
  2. 09 May 1883, Wed,
  3. Page 2

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