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Fred McGraham, age thirty-two, who gave his address to the police turnkey as Greencastle, Ind., was arrested last night by Bicyclemen Long and Sheridan, charge with loitering and petit larceny. McGraham is said to have walked into the Clones & Morris saloon, at 602 East Washington street, and to have stolen a box of cigars lying on a counter near the front door.

McGraham was identified as the man who ran from the saloon with the box He was found by the bicyclemen in an alley near the saloon, but denied the theft, and the bicyclemen were unable to find any trace of the cigars.

The Herald has been unable to find any Greencastle man by the name of McGraham. (Herald-Democrat., Greencastle, Indiana, Friday, December 26, 1913, Vol. 7, No., 47; Contributed and Typed by SallyH)

"They met by chance, the usual way," and then there was "a sound of revelry," but not by night. It was a sound of blows in broad daylight, Saturday. John Craig the grocer, struck first, landing his fist on the left optic of Street Commissioner Snider. The latter attempted to respond, and there was a prospect for a gory field, when Marshal Starr appeared and separated the combatants. It was all about an attempt of Mr. Snider to remove some boards from the street in front of Mr. Craig's store, and the discussion growing out of it, in which the former called the latter a liar. (Greencastle Banner., Greencastle, Indiana, Thursday, April 9, 1885; Contributed and Typed by SallyH)

Last Saturday morning a colored man named Henry Dickens, employed at Merryweather's restaurant quarrelled with Ed Pumphrey, also employed there. Aftar "jawing" each other awhile Pumphrey turned to walk away, when Dickens struck him a terrible blow on the head, injuring him very seriously. Dickens is in jail awaiting trial. (The Greencastle Star., Greencastle, Indiana, December 24, 1881, vol. 9, no. 36; Transcribed by SallyH)

The Police Board of this city explains that $101.50 expenditure for secret police service as follows: There had been considerable house-breaking, house-burning, etc., going on in the city, and the Indianapolis detective, Stewart by name, was brought here to stop it. The remedy seemed effective, save that the wrong-doers were not arrested--simply deterred from perpetrating additional crimes. The detective put in two weeks' time here, as we understand it, and the $101.50 was for that service. (The Greencastle Star., Greencastle, Indiana, December 24, 1881, vol. 9, no. 36; Transcribed by SallyH)

John Strange jumped out of the frying pan into the fire. Having been sent to the penitentiary once for theft from this county, he was afraid to come back from Terre Haute, where he was captured while trying to sell the horse he had stolen from Charley Goodale last week, and at his own request was taken into Judge Mack's court, and pleaded guilty. He was promptly sentenced to fourteen years in the penitentiary, disfranchised for thirty years,and a fine of $150 entered against him. When returned to the jail he said: "Take me back to that Judge and let him sentence me to be hung." There was a rumor the next day that Judge Mack would cut down the sentence. On being interviewed about it by an Express reporter he said:

"Strange promised to 'turn up' some stolen horses, and I thought if I could enable the losers to recover their property I would do so. I had Mr. Vandever see Strange, and he reported that nothing could be gotten out of him. I would have sentenced him to twenty years if I could. A man who has been in the penitentiary once, and commits a crime again, is of no benefit to the community."

To send a man to the penitentiary because he "is of no benefit to the community,"is a peculiar position for a judge to take, and if it is acted upon by Judge Mack with any degree of thoroughness, a large part of the citizens of Terre Haute will soon find themselves in prison. The old rule was to imprison criminals, not as a punishment, but to prevent others from following their example. We are not sure but that Judge Mack's rule would be an improvement, if we only knew where to draw the line. There is the rub. Strictly enforced, it might thin out the lawyers, and this is a strong inducement to favor the new rule. How many doctors would disappear, we will not pretend to say; and there is scarcely a doubt but that some editors would cease to wield the pen. We presume that the judges would be left outside, at liberty to roam up and down the country seeking whom they might devour! (Greencastle Banner., Greencastle, Indiana, Thursday, April 9, 1885; Contributed and Typed by SallyH)

Tommy Walker was arrested for assault and battery with intent to kill Monday and bound over to the Mayor's court for preliminary examination tomorrow. The case is the result of the trouble at the North Depot last week. (Greencastle Banner, Greencastle, Indiana, vol. 29, no. 43, Thursday, October 27, 1881; Transcribed and Contributed by SallyH)

Satan seems to have concentrated his ubiquity in Greencastle last Sunday. During the day some of his imps visited Foxworthy's planing mill, emptied the oil cans, took down the clock and filled it full of oil, and then tried to let the water out of the boiler. One of the propietors discovered the mischief in time to prevent the latter project from completing itself. In the evening, they amused themselves in the South End by placing a tree across the street railway and otherwise annoying the driver. It would be a blessing if these offenders could be brought to justice. (Greencastle Banner, Greencastle, Indiana, vol. 29, no. 43, Thursday, October 27, 1881; Transcribed and Contributed by SallyH)

To the detective ability of Deputy Sheriffs Samuel Simons and John Brandon is due the recovery of the watch and pocket-book stolen from the residence of Alex. Lockridge a few days ago. They visited certain parties who were suspicioned and told them that if they wanted to save arrest they had better return the stolen articles. Next day they were both found in open view on the premises. (Greencastle Banner, Greencastle, Indiana, vol. 29, no. 43, Thursday, October 27, 1881; Transcribed and Contributed by SallyH)

Marshal Johns is looking for three well dressed strangers who evidently, have swindled two Greencastle hardware merchants out of three shot guns. John Cook is short two shot guns and Bicknell's Hardware Co., one. It happened several days ago, when the three men rented the guns. They said that the guns would be returned within a few hours. They may have returned, but the two firms, so far, have failed to find where they were returned to. One of the men gave his name as Orrendorf, but the other two did not give their names. The men were well dressed and as they purchased ammunition for the guns, the merchants believed that the guns would be returned. Nothing has been seen of either of the three since the afternoon they rented the guns. (Star-Democrat, vol. 7, no. 18, Greencastle, Indiana, Friday, May 26, 1911; Contributed and Typed by SallyH)

David Buster was given a fine of $10.25, when before Squire Frank at near 7 o'clock Tuesday evening on the charge of using obscene language. The affidavit on which Buster was arrested was sworn out by Frank Anderson. The two men had some words and Buster called Anderson vile names. Buster resisted when he was arrested at his home in the south part of town, and it was only by force that he was brought up town. When searched, a bottle o whiskey was found in one of his pockets. Buster did not deny the charge of calling Anderson vile names and pleaded guilty. He is now serving time in the county jail. (Star-Democrat, vol. 7, no. 18, Greencastle, Indiana, Friday, May 26, 1911; Contributed and Typed by SallyH)

The visit of two game wardens at the home of Sam Hathaway a Vandalia section hand, in Reelsville, Friday morning, resulted in a warrant for Hathaway's arrest and later in the day the payment of a fine amounting to $36.

The game wardens accompanied by Constable Crawley left Greencastle at near 6 o'clock Friday morning and drove to Hathaway's house. They carried a search warrant. In the home they found a seine and gig, the latter used to spear fish.

Hathaway immediately was arrested and later in the day appeared in Squire Frank's court where he was fined $36. He pleaded guilty to the charge of having a seine in his possession. The seine and gig which were brought to Greencastle were destroyed by the wardens. It is said that the wardens. (Star-Democrat, vol. 7, no. 18, Greencastle, Indiana, Friday, May 26, 1911; Contributed and Typed by SallyH)

Mayor Miller Gives Verdict Against Druggist
in Alleged Illegal Sale of Liquor Case--Will Appeal to Circuit Court.
Mayor Miller, on Tuesday fined Alonzo Cook, $20 and costs, for the alleged illegal sale of whiskey to Roscoe Skimmerhorn, a minor. Gillen & Wilson, attorneys for Mr. Cook filed a bond for an appeal to the Circuit Court Tuesday afternoon.

Mr. Cook sold Skimmerhorn a quart of whiskey on March 18, Skimmerhorn gave Mr. Cook a signed application for the whiskey. Mr. Cook states that Skimmerhorn had told him that he was over 21 years of age and that he believed the lad to be fully that old. Skimmerhorn states that Cook did not ask him his age.

The case is a culmination of a charge of intoxication against Skimmerhorn. Several weeks ago, Marshal Johns tried to arrest Skimmerhorn on the intoxication charge. The young man made good use of his feet and ran. Shortly after this the lad's father died and the charge of intoxication was dropped on the promise of Skimmerhorn that he would tell from whom he purchased the liquor. (Star-Democrat, vol. 7, no. 18, Greencastle, Indiana, Friday, May 26, 1911; Contributed and Typed by SallyH)

Circus day, or rather night, was not as quiet a one in Greencastle as was previously reported, according to the reports of a fight between two Greencastle colored men. It is said that brickbats, stones and other weapons of war were used by the two men in a fight on Monday night. However, no warrants have been issued nor the men arrested. (Star-Democrat, vol. 7, no. 18, Greencastle, Indiana, Friday, May 26, 1911; Contributed and Typed by SallyH)

Theodore Wilson, who lives just south of the Vandalia tracks, east of town, was arrested Thursday morning, charge with crippling and beating a bird dog pup. He was arraigned before Squire Frank and pleaded not guilty to the charge. The date set for trial is June 6. T. T. Moore is the attorney for Wilson, W. M. Sutherlin is prosecuting the case for the State.

It is alleged that the dog ran away from its home in the east part of the city and went to a pasture owned by Wilson. Wilson procured a shot gun and shot the dog. It is said that the dog ran for a short distance and then fell. A few hours afterward, Wilson beat the dog with a club in an effort to get it to leave the pasture, it is said. The dog lay on the ground until late that evening, when two boys took it to their home and notified the owner. (Star-Democrat, vol. 7, no. 18, Greencastle, Indiana, Friday, May 26, 1911; Contributed and Typed by SallyH)

Steve Hampton went into James Allen's grocery store at Bainbridge yesterday and assaulted William Bugg, and so pressed him that Bugg, in self defense, cut him in the back and neck with a knife. Bugg was arrested to [illegible] Hampton's injuries, which are of a dangerous character. Hampton is the individual who perpetrated the murderous assault upon R. S. Ellis at Coatsville last spring, for which he was afterward arrested out west and incarcerated in the Danville jail. He is now out on bail until the next term of the Putnam Circuit Court, a change of venue having been taken to this county. Bugg had once assisted in arresting him, and this is supposed to be the cause of the assault yesterday. (Greencastle Banner, Greencastle, Indiana, vol. 35, no. 52, December 29, 1887; Transcribed by SallyH)

Luther Craig, a stock buyer from Portland Mills, Putnam county was placed under arrest on suspicion by the police Tuesday night on account of his queer actions. Craig stopped at the Miller livery barn where he gave Harley Miller a check on the Russellvile bank for $1.50. Later he wanted to sell his horse and buggy for $125 and this aroused suspicion. He was later seen running about the streets as if he was lost. Craig was unable to explain his queer actions when taken into custody and he was locked up over night. This morning word was received from Portland Mills that Craig was alright and he was turned loose. Craig has evidently got on the outside of too much liquid barbed wire.--Brazil News. (Herald-Democrat, vol. 7, no. 17, Greencastle, Indiana, Friday, May 9, 1913; Contributed and Typed by SallyH)

A thief gained entrance to Dr. Pritchard's residence, Sunday night, and made away with the proprietor's gold watch and chain, valued at $200, and $131 in money. The money was taken from his trowsers pocket by the side of his bed, and the pocketbook left lying on the table. Before leaving the intruder repaired to the kitchen and helped himself to a pie. (Greencastle Banner, Greencastle, Indiana, Thursday, October 21, 1890; Contributed and Typed by SallyH)

Last Thursday two young men giving the names of Frank Harris and Richard Dean appeared here and went around town offering new revolvers for sale at such a low rate as to excite suspicion. One was sold to James Steele for $1.50. The officers soon got on their track, and Marshal Starr arrested them at the North Depot on the charge of selling without license. Nothing was found on their persons except a new pocket knife and a small amount of money, but they had been seen about the lumber yard of Ratliff & Grubb, and Councilman Snider went on a prospecting tour there, being rewarded by the discovery of four revolvers, a lot of cartridges and a bunch of keys, the revolvers being of the same pattern as that sold to Mr. Steele. A telegram was sent to Crawfordsville, and Marshal Ensminger of that city came down at once to see if the goods were the same that had been stolen from a Crawfordsville merchant; but they were not, and he returned home. Word was then received from Mrs. Bell Flemming, of Effingham, Ills., who is here visiting her father, I. Waggoner, that a merchant of Effingham had been recently robbed of a lot of goods of the same kind. On being notified the marshal of that city came over. He recognized the plunder as belonging to a brother of the Effingham merchant, who lives in the same county and who had also been robbed lately. He took a part of the goods home with him for identification, and if his suspicions prove to be correct a requisition will be procured from Illinois and the prisoners taken to that State for trial. Meanwhile they are lodged in jail here. They are dressed in ordinary clothing, and are young men of very good appearance. They claim to be railroaders from Iowa. The account they give of themselves is not very satisfactory. (Greencastle Banner, vol. 29, no. 7, Greencastle, Indiana, Thursday, February 17, 1881; Transcribed by SallyH)

Deputy Sheriff Brandon and City Marshal Starr arrested two men named Dean and Harris, on suspicion, they having in their possession a number of new revolvers which they were anxious to dispose of at various prices. They were held until Tuesday, when an officer from Effingham, Ills., came here and indentified the shooting irons, and took the prisoners back to answer a charge of burglary. (The Greencastle Star, vol. 8, no. 44, Greencastle, Indiana, February 19, 1881; Transcribed by SallyH)

Putnam county
Tuesday, February 22, 1881
Elkhart Daily Review, Elkhart Indiana
Page 2
The four prisoners who escaped from the Putnam county jail, at Greencastle, have been recaptured. (Submitted by Barbara Z.)

Our $40,000 jail has had a delivery. It occurred Thursday night. The rains had come as the wind blew, and settled itself on the floors of this modern bastile until there was an accumulation of water to the depth of two or three inches, while the cells had a dampness that chilled to the bone. The prisoners didn't like such quarters, although furnished by the wisdom of Putnam county, and concluded to vacate. Happily for their designs the Sheriff had a few days previously, employed a youth to work about the premises who bears the euphonious cognomen of Bobby Jordon, Esq. Now Bobby has a kind heart, and when the prisoners exhibited their wet garments to him, and recounted the bitterness of their experience, at the same time appealing for assistance, his great soul responded with a case-knife, which he tied to a string and it was quickly elevated through a window. With it the prisoners severed some of the inside fastenings, and, it is alleged, with Bobby's help from the outside, succeeded in making their escape at the hour of eleven o'clock. Their names were John Dean and Frank Harris, confined for a supposed burglary in Illinois, and whose capture was related in the BANNER last week, and Frank Riley, who made the assault on Mr. Butler, of the South End, sometime since. As they walked forth to liberty Bobby was moved to accompany them. They journeyed to the West, and were happy as birds just loose from a cage. The following day they sought rest and refuge in an empty box-car at Oakalla, but were soon rudely disturbed by a vision of the terrible ex-Sheriff--the only Lawman. Like a sleuth hound he was upon their track, in company with Sheriff Brandon. At sight of him hope vanished from the hearts of the fleeing party, and they surrendered without resistance. Dean and Harris were taken to Effingham, Illinois, on Saturday, by the Marshal of that place, who returned here Monday to secure additional evidence against them. Riley is still in jail, and the big-hearted Bobby keeps him company. The fate of the latter should be a warning to all young men not to break their contracts. Once he held the position of "devil" in the BANNER office. Yes, he did. The entire office warmed to him, and Bobby seemed to have a bright and happy career, if not fame, before him. But in an evil hour he allowed himself to be seduced with the idea of accumulating wealth, and he could not preserve an equilibrium between this idea and the wages usually paid to persons in his position; he wanted financial promotion before he had won it by service and the acquisistion of knowledge, and so Bobby left, notwihtstanding he had agreed to remain three years in the office if we would only take him in. Not long since he returned like the prodigal son, but the place he had vacated was fully occupied by the young man who now so ably superintends that important department; besides we had lost faith in Bobby because of his previous violation of his contract, and so he had to seek employment elsewhere. The unfortunate result appears above. Had he remained in the BANNER office he would now be earning an honest livelihood instead of shortening his life by incarceration in that $40,000 jail. We doubt very much if he was aware of the serious offense committed in assisting the prisoners to escape, and hope the court will be merciful to him, in view of of his youth and attendant circumstances. (Greencastle Banner, vol. 29, no. 8, Greencastle, Indiana, Thursday, February 24, 1881; Transcribed by SallyH)

Lost and Found.
Friday morning Sheriff Brandon was considerably astonished, when he went to the county jail, to find the doors open and the birds flown. The lock had been sawed around, and their escape effected in this way. Two of the prisoners, Richard Dean and Frank Harris, were arrested a week before on a charge of having stolen goods in their possession, and belonged near Effingham, Ill., at which place they had committed a burglary and were to have been taken to that place Friday. Another prisoner, Frank Riley, was in on a charge of assault and battery with intent to kill.

About three weeks ago a boy named Robt. Jordan applied to Mr. Brandon for work, and was given employment by him his duties being to do such chores as were needed about the Sheriff's residence and jail. In return for this kindness the boy furnished the saw, assisted the prisoners the break jail, and then took flight with them.

When the Sheriff discovered the state of the case, he immediately set about the work of recapturing the escaped prisoners--telegraphing to neighboring cities and starting out in search of them. On Friday afternoon a negro by the name of Daniel Webster Speed came and told Sheriff Brandon that he had seen four men going through a pasture where he had been chopping wood, and thought from the description that they were the men who had escaped from the jail the previous night. The Sheriff started at once, taking M. T. Lewman, ex-Sheriff, with him, and took the I. & St. R. train for the west, expecting to hear of them about Fern Station, on that road. On arriving at Fern they could learn nothing of the men, but posted a man by the name of Johnson to be on the lookout for them. The Sheriffs went on to the town of Carbon, and there took a train coming back. On their arrival at Oakalla, the man, Johnson, had seen the same four men on the hills above the lime kiln just before dark, and was of the opinion that they were all secreted in one of the box-cars that was standing on the side-track loaded with lime. On going to the cars, the men were found stored away in them. They were brought out, and after being securely tied, were marched back to this city forthwith, and relodged in the cooler. Saturday morning the Marshal of Effingham, Ill., escorted Dean and Harris to Illinois, where they are wanted on a charge of burglary.

The boy, Jordan, was brought to this city with the prisoners, and confessed next morning that he had assisted in releasing the prisoners, saying that the Illinois burglars had "coached" him for the occasion. The probabilities are that Jordan will find he has a hard road to travel. (The Greencastle Star, vol. 8, no. 45, Greencastle, Indiana, February 26, 1881; Transcribed by SallyH)

Indianapolis, Ind., April 5, 1825
Horrid Outrage
The following intelligence was communicated to us by a gentleman of Putnam county, who is well acquainted with the facts. On Monday the 28th ult. Thomas James, a citizen of Putnam county, Indiana, while engaged in the performance of his ordinary avocations, a short distance from his residence, was shot by James Robertson, one of his neighbors, who it appears harboured for some time personal enmity against Mr. James and some other persons in the neighborhood.

It seems that Robertson after having determined in what manner to avenge himself, transferred his real property, consisting of three eighty acre lots, to two small boys. This property was handsomely situated, and on it he might have lived in happiness--but he had determined on murdering James, and two other men and a woman in the neighborhood. After having examined the respective residences of each, with the determination of murdering the whole, he crept up privately on Mr. James and shot him; the ball passed thro' his arm above the elbow joint and entered his body at the lower ribs--the ball lodged in his body. Mr. James ran and shouted with all his power, which alarmed the perpetrator so that he did not attempt to pursue his intention any further; but returned home immediately and told his wife that she must go out on the farm, and prepare it for a crop, for he did not intend working any more himself, and after forcing her and family out, he charged his gun, and tyed a small cord to a pin that held in the chinking of the wall of the house, and to the trigger of the gun, and placed the muzzle against his breast then drew the gun towards his bosom and by that means set it off, and put an end to his existence in a few minutes. His wife hearing the shot returned to the house and saw her miserable husband in the last agonies of death, who it appears had lost sight of all social (?) or his obligation; and became the arbiter of his own fate, to evade the justice of the law. Mr. James, who received the wounds is yet living, and if his intestines are not cut with the ball, he may possibly survive it. -- Gazette

At the Bainbridge Fair Policeman Evans undertook to quell a disturbance. He was set upon by the ruffians, and it is thought fatally injured. (Date: 1891-09-05; Paper: Elkhart Daily Review)

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