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An Express Train Held Up
An Express Train Held Up
Submitted by: Angela Loy

New York Trubuine
1892

Guthrie, O. T., June 2 - Train robbers held up the southbound Chicago and Galveston passenger trin on the Santa Fe, due here at 11:30 last night, and robbed the express car. The train was delayed two hours and a half. The robbery took place at Ren Rock, a water station in the Cherokee Strip. Just as the train was starting up, after leaving the tank, two masked men jumped upon the engine, and, with Winchesters compelled the engineer, Carl Mack, to stop. The messenger, E. C. Whitelsey, says that about ten men participated in the robbery. The train was flagged near Ren Rock, and when it came to a standstill some of the robbers jumped upon the train and guarded the engineer and fireman and the rest of the crew. The rest of the robbers broke open the door of the express car and blew open the safe with dynamite. Another statement says that both the through and the way safe were robbed. The amount of money secured is not known.
The robbers were almost and hour in intimidating the express messengers into submission, and during all that time the messengers were risking their lives in the defence of the company's property. During the battle, however, between the messengers and the bandits, in which nearly 200 shots were fired, not a man was wounded.
It is thought that the robbery was committed by the notorious Dalton gang, for whom large rewards are still standing. A strong posse was organized here and went to the scene of the robbery on a freight train. It is thought that the robbers can be easily tracked on account of the wet ground.


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