"Old Bill" Miner Dead

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"OLD ILL" MINER DEAD RAD HAD NOTED CAREER OF DARING CRIE. 1t Age of Seventy-five Succumbs to Attack of Gastritis in State Penitentiary Penitentiary at Milledgeville, Ga. "Old Bill" Miner, the most picLuresque picLuresque bandit America ever produced, produced, has died on the Georgia prison prison farm with the great project of his life unfulfilled. It was his great hope and ambition to go to Europe and rob the Mediterranean express, the richest passenger train in the world, which goes from Paris to Constantinople. Constantinople. Bill Miner was nearly seventy when he died, and ever since he was a middle aged man he had been planning planning and arranging the details for pulling off a wild-west hold-up in the center of the Old World. It wasn't the rich loot that tempted him to the undertaking but the daring adventure and the 'fame as an outlaw outlaw which such a climax to his long career would have given him. Instead, -he died of gastritis, a bent old man, a shackled invalid, among the state's weak and decrepit prisoners prisoners at the farm near Milledgeville. The shackles were the only thing that made life tolerable at the last to the former terror of the plains. He regarded regarded them as the greatest compliment compliment which the prison management could pay him, and always smiled grimly and shook his head when they offered to take off the chains If he would give his word of honor not to try to escape. ,Bill Miner was "a bad man" in the usually accepted sense of the term, and was a great criminal, but he had a queer code of honor 'of his own which he lived up to the last. His Own Story of Life. Nobody in all the history of Amerlea Amerlea has a more notable career than Old Bill Miner, who died at the state penitentiary at Milledgeville Tuesday Tuesday night at 9:25 o'clock. The full story of his life, told by Bill Miner as death approached, which has just been gained by a correspondent, correspondent, is one that would thrill the most unimaginative and fill page after. page of the most adventurious stories ever promised by writers of fiction. When the grizzled old robber, emaciated emaciated and worn with long experience of lawlessness, passed away in peace, idolized by hundreds because he posed posed as chief of robbers and classed himself as a gentleman and scolar, none of them ever dreamed the true story of his long life. He was. born in Jackson county, Ky., In 1847, and there he led the wild free life of that section at that time. Throughout the width and breadth of the state George Anderson Anderson was known before he was fifteen years old. Shortly afterwards he started west and four years later was rounded up for robbery in San Joaquin county. April 5 1866, when .but nineteen years ol'd, he was sentenced to San Joaquin prison, where he was known as prisoner No. 3248. He was discharged discharged June 9 of the same year, but July 12 he was sent up from Palcer county for a few months, which he served as No. 3313. He was discharged only to be sent up from Calveras county June 20, 1871, as No. 4902, but a new trial was granted him and he was taken back February 9, 1872, and returned March 30, 1872, as No. 5206. He tried to escape May 7, 1874, and had four years added to his time. but March 5, 1877 his sentence was commuted to twelve years 'and he was discharger July 14, 1880. Real Activities. It was at this juncture 'Bill Miner began his real activities. 'Meeting up with BiHl Leroy, most noted of western bandits at that time, he formed a partnership with him, going going under the name of W. A. MorDl MorDl iUoy stage coach of $3,500. Posses pursued them. Leroy was captured and lynched, but -Bill Miner escaped safely, after shooting up. the posse, hut only slightly wounding a few of the members. A little later he was caught in Tuolomne county for robbery and sent up for twenty-five years. going back to San Quentin as No. 10191. He started work December 21. 1881, and emerged from prison July 17, 1901. Daring Train Robberies. Although growing old andi having paid a severe penalty, he 'started out in his career of lawiessness with more force in every way. Septembetr 23, 1903, he held up a train near Paget ound on the Canadian side, having two confederates on the job. They robbed all the passengers, looted the express cars and secured a big hand. but all the robbers were raught except Bill Miner. Resting Lor a fcw months he again started his ild career. With his two aides he held up a train at Mission Junction, British Columbia. September -10, 1904, and secured $10 000 in gold. The government and express authorities authorities became frenzied at his daring robberies and the Dominion governmet governmet offered $5,000 reward for him. while thL. express company offered a imilar sum and the province of Britisi. Britisi. Columbia augmented it by $2.500 more. making a total $12,500 to be paid for "Old Bill" Miner, alive or lead. Tint the reioubtable old .fellow aughed at their attempts to corner: him. He roameld the wilds of the ountry until May 9. 1906, when he issociated himself with Louis Colwhon Colwhon and Tom Dunn and held up an xpress train at Furer, British Coumbia. Coumbia. They made the engineer unouple unouple and pull the car a mile away, lt to thn disguist of "Old Bill" he ound only registered mail, the ex~ress ex~ress company being left in andother ar. Hie abandoned robry. A Jrice on His Head. However, the big rewarde were still in effect and the Cahnadian conanhparv conanhparv took un' the trail and ounred un Bill Miner and his two nrt'ers and thev were given life* entences in the New Minster penintiary penintiary in British Columbia. But Old Pil! kent up his spirit and ugrst 9, 1 907, ho due hk 'ny un1er un1er the nrison walk~ to liberty and raveed to the mi-ldle west unharmd. unharmd. For a period he was quiet, with. lenty to live on. hut after his hoard vas used up wintering in the south! WINS DELAY IN FIGHT THAW RETURNED TO JAIL PENDING PENDING JUDGE'S DECISION. Fugitive from New York Nov Faces Infiucnce of Attorney General of Province. Harry K. Thaw won another delay in his fight against return to the Matteawan asylum and Tuesday night he was back in the Sherbrooke, Que., jail. There he will remain until Superior Judge Matthew Hutchinson renders his decision on the question of sustaining or dismissing the habeas habeas corpus writ, arguments on which were heard Tuesday in champers. The decision may come at any. day, but more probably Thursday. It was a day of alternate joy and depression for Thaw. At the opening opening of the hearing he faced a new and dangerous opponent in Aime Geoffrion of Quebec, special emissary from the provincial attorney general and premier, Sir Lomor Gouin, and from his lips Thaw heard that the attorney attorney general was insistent that there 'be no more delay in the case and that the habeas corpus writ failing, failing, other steps would be taken to insure Thaw's release and seizure by the immigration authorities. From bis counsel Thaw heard arguments arguments against sustaining the writ; pleas for delay; from the crowd that packed the court house and streamed over the lawn he heard cheers and shouts and words of encouragement. He was nervous throughout the ordeal ordeal and returned to his cell tired out with the excitement. Thaw's lawyers characterized the proceedings by which Jerome Boudreau, Boudreau, the chief of police of Coaticook. Coaticook. seeks to free the man he arrested arrested two weeks ago as smacking of fraud and hyprocrisy. The belief prevailed In Sherbrooke that if the writ is thrown out the attorney attorney general will take immediate steps to have the commitment quashed. quashed. Thaw will then be free-that is, for the brief instant before he is taken taken In charge by the immigration authorities. authorities. AmMIAN PEGOUD DOES IT AGAIN. Proves Somersault in Mid-air Was Not an Accident. The thrilling manoeuvre of turning turning a somersault in the air with an aeroplane flying at rapid speed was repeated Monday by the French Aviator Aviator Pegoud over the aerodrome at Buc, near Versailles, France, with perfect success. Pegoud had promised promised that his performance at Juvisy the day -before was not the result of an accident, -but was a proof of proper control and also of the stabiliay of the aeroplane. He carried out the daring feat with apparent ease again Monday In the presence of officers of the French army flying corps, about 100 mIlitary and civilian aviators and a large assemblage of the general public. "The'story is interesting, .but I am not prepared to comment on the event withotit knowing exact details," said Orville Wright Tuesday, when questioned at Dayton, 0., about the upside down flight 6f the French aviator, Pegoud, at Buc. "Present models of monoplanes that I am acquainted acquainted with," he said, "make such a feat Impossible, because once the engine Is upside down it stops due to a lack of gasoline." M. Pegoud writing to the Matin, says: "My experiments are not finished. finished. I want soon to show that it is possible for an aeroplane to turn overhead-first and then tail-first, and then side ways without disaster. If my experiments demonstrate, as I am convinced they will, that security may be attained in an aeroplane, I will be satisfied." They Will be the Losers. The refusal of Germany, Great 'Britan and sokne other European nations to participate in the great fair at San Francisco will, if persisted in, lessen to some extent the attractiveness attractiveness and valure of the Exposition. but It will do for more harm to those nations not represented. Doubtless, as the governments of those countries declare, the cost of making such displays displays is considerable, and the immediate immediate trade results may not be apparent. apparent. BPut for nations that spend hundreds hundreds of millions of Aollars every year to build wadships. and train and equip vast armies, th excuse that can not afford two millions apiece for industrial industrial display is rather far fetched and but provokes a scepticall smile. It is rather a sad commetary on the boasted civilization of those lands that while they decline to pay a compartively compartively small sum to be representere representere on an occasion designed to promote ommerce and the arts of peace. they squander with spendthrift recklessness recklessness immense sums for warlike purposes. time seemed to present itself on February February 27, 1909 when he found two novices at Gain'esville, Ga., and robbed robbed the Southern express train. But he was captured and sent to the State penitentiary at Mtilledgeville under a tenty-year sentence. Grizzled. old and gray, he was still undaunted and declared he would escape, escape, and this he did on two occasss occasss with which lie reading public is familiar. Through all his career of crime he was known to the officials as "Bill Miner", though his real name* was George Anderson. but as W. A. Mtorgan Mtorgan and George W. Edwards he was known foi- a time to many people in Michigan and Wisconsin. This is the first full story ever published published of the famous bandit's life. The record is official and authentic. H has some few known relatives said to be living, the nearest and dearest being his sister, 3Mrs. W. J. Wlmer, living at Puget Sound, British British Columbia. A religious fanatic says that the drouth that affected K insas and some other states this summer was God's punshment on the people of those states for raising so many hogs. People may easily differ as to the vlue of pork as an article of food, but it is rank foolishness to talk about divine judgment in such a conThe conThe farmer is driving dull rimes from all .the masts of trade. 5

Clipped from The Manning Times10 Sep 1913, WedPage 9

The Manning Times (Manning, South Carolina)10 Sep 1913, WedPage 9
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