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William "Bill" Doolin

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Bill Doolin Done For
He Received Fatal Wounds in the Same Engagement-Charley Black, Another Desperados
Severely Wounded-Six Others Captured-One of the Deputies Fatally injured by the Outlaws
Transcribed by: Mollie Stehno

July 25, 1895-The Oklahoma Leader--Wichita, Kansas-July 24-Yesterday another band of desperadoes was crushed in Oklahoma. The entire Yeager band of outlaws was captured by deputy marshals and their leader, Dick Yeager Alias Zip Wyatt, was killed. Ever since the extermination of the Cook gang and the imprisonment of their lead in the Albany penitentiary for forty-five years the Yeager gang has taken the front rank in the bandit of Oklahoma. They robbed and murdered wherever they went and held up trains country merchants and individuals. Their greatest feat was the hold up of the Rock Island train at Dover Oklahoma and the shooting of the express messenger. While escaping they killed a preacher, whom, they met on the road, that they might use his horse. In short, they have been a terror in western Oklahoma for the last year, notwithstanding the fact that three of their numbers were killed after the Dover robbery.
Yesterday five deputy marshals encountered them near Sheridan and a pitched battle followed in which over 100 shots were exchanged. Dick Yeager, the chief of the outlaws, was immediately killed ad Bill Doolin and Charlie Black so badly wounded that they are not expected to recover. When these three fell from their saddles the other four outlaws lost heart, and being out of ammunition were easily captured. The outlaws seriously wounded Deputy Marshal Huff and it is thought that he will die. Black, one of the captured men is a brother to the former leader of the band, who was killed immediately after the Dover grain robbery. The body of Yeager was taken to Hennessey and the six prisoners were taken to the Guthrie jail. This fight took in all the gang and Oklahoma is now without any outlaws of the first class.

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