Weekly Journal-Miner Prescott, Arizona Wed 19 May 1897
MILLER CiPTCRED AT JEROME LAST H. He i3 Wounded but Says that Jailor Meador Fired tho Shots aud That he was not with Parker at Lvnx Creek He Confesses to a Most Murderous Plot on the Part f the Prisoners Involving tha Robbery nf the County Tretu-urer. L. C. jail on uight From Saturday' Daily. who escipod from arrested last bv Deputies Miller, a t J&uuday was at Jerome Kletehor Fairchild and Cade oiltov. Bv his request he -was laken to Fiacbtaff where he will be kep fur a t imo iu jail until excitement in Pro-c-tt '-vor tho tragic event substda-. Mdlur gives a version of tho es cape aud flight which throws an en tirely different light on tho entire affsir. Whilo hois wotiuded in the left leg and iu the left side ho re- ceiTed them from bullets from R. W, Meador's pistol, as ho was com ing up the stairway from tho jail to the court houso instead of from Deputy Muuds' riflo. He a sostatfs that Moador hit the Mexican too tho bullet passing through his body, but did uotstrikoa vital part. Miller further stated to tho officors that ho loft'histwo companions within Gf teen minutes after their escape and went up by tho eitv resorroir aud hid in tho brush icinaiuing there till night when he worked his way to Point of Rocks where ho remained hidden all day on Monday. Thero ho got ou the railroad aud followed it till nearly Jerome Junction when ho cut across the country to the Jeromo road and followed it till near Jerome, wheu he again took to tho brush aud remained concealed. He further states that six prison ers were involved in tho plot to escape, their plans baviug beon laid for the previous day, but bo refused to divulgo the uamos of tho other three. Ho says tho plot as originally planucd was to hold up tho county treasurer's offico and tako everything in tight and to spare no ono who camo between them and liberty, but through some causo or other the opportunity did not present itself. lio says that Parker a ambition particularly was to got Sheriff Ruffnor. Miller t links that tho Mexicau was soriouslv wounded and that thev ma? find his deatl body. Otto Miller was released from custody this morning thoro being not a scintilla of evidonoo to connect him eveu in tho remotest de- . grett wiiu tuo escape, aud no uas been made to Miner on account of his brother, It has bscn annnmitl from tliu firtt tin! tl.i, us. capes haduo aid whatever from iho ! outside, and .Miller corroborates l??"X?n rZ I.: Tiw, tf .n, .J, ;k. Ainued to Leap a close wtch out for w r-.v r. ....... . v.. w . . hi during tho dar, on the inside of tho jail aud executed T. " f m; cm,.,. rom there without any outside aid or " " VCr r k assistance and without tho kuow-ST' tEIx" rA u!j lodge of any. one. on the outs.de. Sv3" Ho says that whou th, Mexican caao . , " lnfn tJi: 7, out tor tno wator. rarkor wa? cott-' . . IA ... , ......i..,! r. r t.,i snonu s omco iu xrescoti Moador. That ho (Millor) at tho end of tho or seo a reporter, and it was only iu tho first excitement of tho news, which was kuot vorv otiiet. that anv facts of tho case could bo learned, but Miller is known to havo boon iu town last night ITbursdav at tho Haas residence, which is in tho business portion of town, but in a very quiet place. Most of tho inhabitants wero either at tbo lodge or at the show, and tho coant iu that part o town was comparatively clear Miller also remarked that tho jai broakiug was a picco of 'd d fool hardiness on their part" his ospocl- ally-r-as his crime of forgery was for Mich a small amouut, could not have beon very sovoro. The statement that Fairchild was sout for by interested parties ia deuied, but his arrival horo was very opportune, to say tho least. Tho Jeromo News gives a different version of tho affair, which is as follows: xVfter discovering that Miller was in orome, Constable Roborts imme diatoly startod in to capture him. At about a o'clock, the hour at which he first found that Miller was iu this neighborhood, Roberts went to Walnut uulch, where Miller was at work somo time for Ralph Dillon, . I... Lt I . 1 - J Liieguuiioujiiu wiioMouameneiorgea, aud for which act he was in jail whou he escaped. Tho constable went to the part of tho trail loading . iL, it.-, r i fz to iuu o inuiugiiam wiue, waere it first strikes Walnut Gulch and about 300 3ards from the mine. He took his stand about fifteen foot from tho trail, aud awaited pationtlz the coming of Miller, who, he thought, for reasons hereafter stated, would come thoro to get assistance from somo of the men whom ho had worked with. Ho had beeu thero about one hour wheu he saw a mail comiug aloug tho trail from Jerome, who occasionally gave a low whistle. Tho constable threw his gun a doublo barreled shot gun down ou the man when ho got opposito him, aud commanded him to throw up his hnudrf. After a littlo persua sion, he throw up his bauds, whou tho constable wont up to him, and found that it was Tom Woody, a miner who worked at tho Wiuulng-ham iniuo. Woody had a gun, a roll of blaukets aucl a sack of grub. He wa3 much excited and repeatedly asked the constable what was tho matter, and requeetod that ho bo allowed to return to Jerome if anything was tho matter, but tho constable had been watching this man for tho past two ilavs and bad noticed that.hu had dally visited tho home of a relative of Miller's, who lives iu Jerome, audit was for this reason he went to the trail to watch for Miller. Roberts compelled Woody to proceed on his way to tho ruin and to keep still. Ho remained thero until 11 o'clock when he. concluded that Mitlor, if he had been thoro to moot Woodyt had becoUied alarmed and moved away. Uo came to Jerome aud again visited tho gulch eanv ou brittay morning and con PARKER'S PURSDERS ! They Still Stick to the Outlaw' Trail, Who Adopts all Man-ner of Tactics to Throw Them Off. that paper signal agreed upou by them was hat when the Mexican grappled f with Moador ho was to drop the-1 aper whou all were to rush to ti:j . lour. This he did but ouiv hiueif ; w t I -a ilrnp i tnniiiii I a fe ti i ra.t t ki through the door, t- r.m an extra issued bv tho Je rome lioportor last night the follow ing additional particulars are gleaned: At about 10 o clock tonight, b Ti dily, forger and jail breaker, L. C. Miller, .gave himself up to justice aud law at the homo of his sistor, Mrs. Fred Haas, of this city. Under hbenff Fletcher b airchud, of Coconino county, a orother-iu aw of Miller s, had beeu sent for rom Flagstaff and to him Miller surrendered. It was through the efforts of his sistor that Miller, who had been hiding in an old tunnel at the Wiu ningham camp, just abovo town, iu Deception Gulch, for the past two days, was induced to givo himself up. Ho ia in a pitia6lo condition weak from his wounds which are not, howover, of a serious nature, Millor having walked tho greator portion of the distance to this city, "When ho reached tho friendly shelter of tho Black Hills, and felt that tho raiuo "where ho workod before ho left hero about a month ago was within reach, ho could scarcely muster courage to reach the placo whore ho has been cared for sinco Wednesday morning. One of tho men who gave Millor sholtor in the Wiuningham camp, is said to bo a brother-in-law to Parkor. Miller wa3 at onco taken by Fair-cbitds, in a private conveyance, from town, as ho was very much afraid ot being. lynched. Although his crimo itself is but a small one, his association with one of the most foul murders that has ovor blotted tho pagos of tho history of our torritory, is enough to haug him in tho old way in which justico had ofton been administered iu early days, and ho implored to bo.takou somo placo further from Mie sceno of crime, and is uow well on his way to Flagstaff, accompanied by Faircnilds and auother officer, Abovo all things, Millor had no wis-h to soo Prescott, and for many reasons it was deemed advtsablo to tako him to Flagstaff. Littlo can be learned from tho ppoplo instrumental iu his surrender hero, as thoy refused to talk to thov , 5 uait poue mar,, way. ivoout. nir.o .'. n"rlnnL thi itaniift? wnnf tn tli minn table : rr r --r. "i JT . r thocasiyoii after Miller. He . . ... . , ... .auu 1 1 uiu , , ti utzi an aurni lu ifu 1111 iu tue jail corridor, witti a ( J . - xrrn.,- n ...J .... il. i iw vijii , vjii unci iiiiiiui. nos iu his hands and that the ..i. u KUUD UUtf O MfUtV klUlU UUUU IV- Wltll lie Visits a Rancher and Gun aud Grab. Tells Hidden Booty From the Train Robbery. Secures a of His From Monday' Dally. Sheriff Ruffner camo iu on Satur day night's south bound train from his pursuit of Parkor, the outlaw, aud returned again to Ash Fork on tho early north bound tram on Sun day morning, taking with him eight irosu horses to continue the pursuit. Parkor shows great shrewdness and cunning In his attempt to keep away from tho officors. At one point in his trail they found where ho had made a circle of soveral miles, crossing his own trail twice. In making the cir cuit, before coming to the point where he crossed his trail, he bad inuiiioa nis horse's loot so that a different track would be found where he crossed from the original ones made. Ho also took the trouble to chango the shoes on his horso once or twice, so as eo confuse his pur suers. The shot gun which he took from the jail was found south of Williams, and it was learned that he turned wiui tue escape who gavo himself up. Miller bogged that he le not taketx to PreJeott as ho was arratd of being lynched, so tho officers secured a team from J. L. Summer' livery stable and at 10 o'clock wero going down to the. Verde valley ou their way to Flagstaff, having met Coustable RobtTt with their prisoner at the top of the hill lead mg to Deception Gulch. Miller informed Roberts that ho was to meet Woody the night tho constable was watching for aim on the trail and at the point where he was on tho watch, but that ho had seen Jim and hid. Later information from Williams is to the effect that Parkor did not stop at the sheep camp at all, but went around it, and that he neither secured ammunition nor a fresh horse there. A IIbj' Narrow Uacapo, Route Agont Fisk of Wells, Fargo & Co., who arrived this morning from Nogalos, roportn a very peculiar caso as occurriug noar Crittenden on tho N. M. & O, road la$t Saturday morning in which alittlo baby bad a most narrow escape from a horriblo death. Tho tram on which Mr. Fisk was traveling was making good time along tho road whon all at once a littlo baby appeared on tho track closo to tho engine, Tho ongineor reversed the engine and put on tho air brakes but the pilot of his enginojstruck tho little ono audsho was thrown under the train. As soon as tho train stopped tho horrified engineer and firtmin jumped from their ongiuo expecting to seo tho little ono crushed to death aud her remains scattered aloug tho track, but wore most agreeably surprised to seo hoi crawl from uudor the last car of the traiu absolutely unhurt. She had ovidontly been thrown uudor tho traiu iu tho middlo of tho track aud had lain perfeotly still until tha train passed ovor hor. Herald NUW8 NOTES ANI COMMENTS. At 2 o'clock on Friday moruiug.the Southern Pacific express traiu was held up by threo mou at Lozior, Texas, 265 milos west of San Antouio. Tho safo of tho Wolls Fargo express car was blown opon. Tho robbers escaped with the booty. It is not known what amouut of inouey they got. had secured a new gun and plenty of AmmnnitiAn Af Ana sx. Imn w.nt on the trail, the officers eeemedcon- g vey arrived safely at Flagstaff on that Parker told them that he had had nothing to eat from tho tiniQ he left tho jail until ho reached there. The trail of tho outlaw was getting so warm on Saturday night, that one of the Indian traitors quit tho posse and the others loft yesterday. A trail of two me, on foot, was found ou Saturday evening, one of which was said by tho Indians to be Parker's. The blood hounds were put on it, and followed it for some distance, whon night overtaking them, they were recalled. Sheriff Cameron was in Williams last evening, and just before tha train pulledTout on which Mr. Gal-pin left, ho stated that a stock man came in and informed Cameron that Ruffner's white horse had been found with his throat cut. Whether this was reliable or not, he could not learn. The rancher, at whose house Parker stopped on Tuesday night, stated that tho outlaw told him that the officors had lost his trail, and that ho intended to go into the Bill Williams mountains and remain ia hiding there for some time until the vigilance of the officers had ceased when he could safely make his escape. The officers are not inclined to give full credence to the notice of intention of Parker to remain in the BUI Williams mountains for any length of time, as outlined to the rancher, and have accordingly scattered from the vicinity of Willams for the purpose of intercepting him. Other Indian trailers have also been secured to trail him. The horses which Sheriff Ruffner brought in on Saturday night were very much jaded and worn out. Word was received at the sherifP.1 office that Deputies FairchUds and fident that they wore close enough ev.e&!? ,with Mer a?S tn trm nnf.Uw rn , nn w I,: lodged him in jail there. They will UU1T JU feUO but, of course, he managed not to be seen by them, lt has been learned that he entered a miner's cabin near Lynx creek on Sunday and secured supply of grub, and that he did not get auy more till Thursday even ing. join the other othcors pursuit of Parker. Ever since the threo prisoners es caped. Under Sheriff Dillon has been kept hanl at work, day and night, in organizing posses for the pursuit Horace Yeomans, one of the posse am? directing their movements, as who started out with Ruffner and Muuds, was compelled to return on Saturday to look after his business. He discredits entirely the story told by Millor to tho officers at Jerome, and states positively that MiUer was mo xnau wiiu earner wnen no ana Deputy Munds had the brush with them on Lyux creek. Mr. Yeomans is well acquainted with, the Mexi can, and would have recognized him had ho been the man with Parker. Besides, had ho not known him. they could not have mado any mis take in regard to him, as he had on a white shirt, and the man with Parker did not. Jailor Meador also says that he did not see Miller when he was shooting, but he thought he was shooting at tho Mexican aU the time. When Yeomans loft the posse they ii r vtt.,i, wurtj soveu macs boulu oi vriuiams, but it was rumored afterwards that Parker had crossed the Atlantic & Pacific railroad. At last accounts, Parker was stUl riding the white horse taken from Sheriff Ruffner's livery stable. The shot gun which Sheriff Ruff nor brought back hsd still one oaded cartridge and an empty shell in it. One of the ruses adopted by Parker to throw his pursuers off his track, was to follow a band of range horses which be came across, having previously taken both of the shoos off tho horse he was riding. Since the abovo was put in type, Al. Galpin, of Phenix, who has been on tho trail with the blood hounds. has returned on his way home, as it seems impracticable to follow the trail of Parker with the dogs. He left the posse on Sunday afternoon, aud states that it is generally believed that Parkor is still in hiding in the Bill Williams mountains. He says that ho has a host of frionds in that section, who are protecting him in ever way possible. Ho says that whenever any of the officers leave Williams thoy are watched and their trail is followed. That threats are openly made against the officers by certain cow boys there. Whon Galpin went out with his hounds, he was followed, and at night, when they were in camp, his horse was stolen, so that he could not follow the trail, and when he left the horse hail not been recovered, although the mau who stole it was known, as ho had ridden tho hcrso through Williams. Parker succeeded in successfully all cases where officers are in pursuit of criminals they are flooded with alleged information, which, in nine case out of ten, is misleading, while mere is no ena to tno number ot rumors which spring up on every street cofrer. To act with wisdom and prudence in casos of this kind, and not to overlook a genuine clue, requires experience, patience ana coolness, but Mr. Dillon has shown rare tact in his actions, and at the same time has been courteous to both press and the public, in giving to both any reliable information at his command. By being kept in as close touch as possible with the officers, he has been enabled to winnow the chaff from the various rumors afloat, and to act on those having the semblance of truth to them. Immediately on receipt of the news from Jerome that Miller was in that locality, he started for that camp, but was mot en route by parties who informed him of Miller's cap ture. He states that the story told bv Miller was told to Fred Haas, and was told voluntarily.and he is in clined to place more credence in it than is manifested by somo others. Should the Mexican be apprehended, tho truth of the storv could be veri fied, or if not true, its falsity demonstrated. stage Elijah Corbett, a veteran man of Oregon, is dead. W. B. Bradburv, the aged capital ist of San Francisco, who was fined a short time ago for expectorating in a street car, nas been again ar rested charged with the same of fense. He insists upon his right to expectorate in a car, and announces his i ntention of carrying the case to the supreme court if necessary. President McKinlev devoted two hours on Wednesday to a special report on the Cuban situation by n.awin x. ALkyns, ot iicston, who has extensivo sugar plantations in Uuba, and who has just returned 1 rom that island. A Georgia paper says it has proof of the fact that a resident of that state paid $50 for a postoffice. It must have been an old second hand one and considerably worn to go at mat price. The monthly treasury statement shows a decrease of $244,000 dur-- ing April in tho volume of money in circulation, by reason of the greater sum collected bv tho coverntnent in lurowiug oaeriu isuunor ana posse taxes, than was expended during the irom nis irau on wounesuay, wnen month. they thought the chances of capturing him were very bright. After passing, east of Jerome Junction, Parker crossed the Verde river, avoiding Campboll's and Baker's ranob, where ho was thought to be heading for. and made his way up iuto the Hell's Canyon country, whore it is exceedingly rough aud rocky. This was on Tuesday night, the officers leaviug the trail noar Jerome Junction on Tuesday evening to get tho Indian trailers and fresh horses, aud resuming the pursuit again on Wednesday morning. Just as tho moon was going down on Wednesday morning, Parker rode up to a ranch house between Hell's Canyon and Williams, awoke the occupants, a man and his wife, and compelled the latter to cook him some food, and secured a Winchester rifle and ammunition. In return for this, he told the man where ho had caohed $1,500 secured from tho train robbery iu February, and the man loft the next day to secure it. He was seen in Ash Fork by the officers and he told of the circumstance while driuking, but proceeded to Peach Springs to secure tho stolen treasure. Aftor considerable delay, Sheriff Ruffner and posso followed the trail to this ranch, and found the woman alone. She denied, at first, that auy ouo had visited tho placet or that sho had cooked auy provisions on Tuesday night, but after a long catechism from the officers, sho admitted that somo one had rode up thoro during the uight, and had stolen a Winchester rifle and some ammunition. Parker also received some horso shoes there for his horse. The Tancher, in his story, stated The Kentucky legislature has taken hold of the lynching problem in dead earnest A bill has passed the senate by a unanimous vote which provides for the arminsr of prisoners threatened with mob violence. It also renuiros officers who are charged w:ih the care of prisoners to protect their charges, with the aid of posses, to the last extremity. A porson threatened with mob violence is permitted to fortify his own house. County judges aro required to furnish armod guards for the protection of public or private property threatened by raiders. Severe penalties aro provided for offenders against the law. So much of tho force of steam is lost in tho to-and-fro movement of the piston of the engine that inventors have long been seeking some sort of continuous movement. This is supposed to bo secured iu the engine of the steamer Turbina, invented by C. A, Parsons, of England, which is propelled by a turbine. There are, in fact, two turbines on ono shaft, both in a cylinder. One of these, insido the ship, is made to revolve by the direct pressure of steam, and the other, out side, in contact with tho water, acts on it as ordinary propoller does. Besides smoothness of movement, the arrangement gives it is claimed, remarkable speed. It is asserted that the Turbina, which is one hun dred feet long, with niuo feot beam, has mado thirty-eight miles an hour. This beats the fastest of the English torpedo boat destroyors. Such speod in a steamer for passengers would bridgo the Atlantic in less than four days. Ex.