Canadian Valley News. (Canadian, Oklahoma), Vol. 1, No. 23, Ed. 1 Friday, April 21, 1911 Page: 3 of 10
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EW YORK.—Jim Mills,
as he Is known through-
out the length and
breadth of the land, Is a
crook—at cue time he
as ono of the most sue-
Sri1,'! cesstul crooks In the
I—, world. He studied rob
jf^>\i<'X/btT5\ worked hard at It
t X tor many J <,,,r8' made
•^riir-nnmi ' hlt118t'lf an l'X|,erl at u*
♦ fe ♦ but came to .ui"f ovi r
over again. He Is now. at
the age of 51, an old man. broken In
spirit, broken In health Seven l«'ug
terms of Imprisonment In penal insti-
tutions on both sidi s of the Atlantic
have convinced him that bis chosen
profession is a poor one, and now—
he finished his last term only two
•weeks ago—he has resolved to lead
an honest life.
"Everybody will say an habitual
criminal like myself cannot reform,"
said LHlls, the other day. "1 don't
believe a thief can reform. This Is
my opinion formed after association
with thieves for forty years. But a
crook can reform. There is a differ-
ence between a thief and a crook.
The crook, I say, can reform, if he
takes himself in time. I would place
30 years of age as the time when the
probabilities of reform are greatest.
Of course, there are exceptions; 1, for
instance, expect to lead an honest life
though I am past 50.
"The ordinary crook Is saturated
with the Idea of obtaining money
easily and spending It rapidly. If. be-
fore he Is 30, ho sees the difficulties
he will always have to face he can
turn aside with a fair chance of bury-
ing his past. But I wouldn't give the
average crook much for his chance
for reformation if he waits until he
reaches my age.
"Thieves" and "Crooks."
"J am not a thief, although I have
stolen thousands of dollars. A thief
Is a thief through natural Instincts.
Thieves are born, not made. A crook
Is not a thief by instinct, hut by pro-
fession. I have devoted my time to j
stealing, in the same manner as other j
men devote their time to law. to bust- j
ness or to medicine. Stealing was my |
profession. It was misdirected oner-1
- gy. Had I devoted the same amount '
of time and energy to law or medl j
cine, I 3liou!d have been a successful 1
lawyer or physician. There Is. how- I
ever, oi;e great difference between niy j
professioa and others. There can be j
no lasting success In It. I am abso- ,
lutely convinced of this fact, and for j
that reason t have now dropped It.
"No, I am not going to reform. I
am simply giving up the profession
which 1 have follcwed for nearly forty
"There Is no longer anything left
for men In my profession. Criminal
lngeuulty has not been able to keep
pace with modern Invention. We are
forced into other lines of work. Some
of the brightest of us have become
promoters and swindlers. I have tried
before to drop my profession, but
circumstances have been against me.
1 was unable to get honest work and
It was either steal or starve. I have
thought of suicide, but 'way down In
heart I believe In a God, so I have
never attempted to take my life. Now
that I am a free man, I am going to
remain free by abandoning the poor-
est profession In the world."
No Money in Thievery.
The history of this remarkable
man, who is now in New York, earn-
ing an honest living, Is a record of
a series of astounding crimes and ter-
rible misfortunes, and from It only
one conclusion can be drawn—thiev-
ing as a profession doesn't pay.
Llllls was born In County Clare,
Ireland, In 1855. His parents moved
to Cincinnati In 1801, and, as his fa-
ther joined the Union army, he had
to help support his mother. Accord-
ingly, he sold newspapers In the
streets, and he received his early edu-
cation from hackmen and from oth-
<r newsboys. He made several dol-
lars every week during war times,
and everything went smoothly until
one day In 18G7 a well dressed strang-
er came up to him, snatched the news- j
papers from under his arm, placed a j
Jo bill In his hand and tossed the pa- j
pers Into the gutter.
"Boy," said ihe stranger, "If you
will work for me I'll give you $5 a
"You will?" cried the lad, trembling
with excitement. "Five dollars a day
"Yes. Will you work for me?"
His First Successful "Getaway."
The stranger was "Joe" Butts, the
notorious bank thief. He had planned
to rob the safe In the office of the
Phenlx Brewing company, and he
needed a small boy to take the money
from the safe. *1ille he "newBpa-
jertd," ir occupied the Rttnn'b"> °*
the clerks. Young I-illls, who was
then 12 years old, was just the boy
for the job.
A few days after the meeting the
robbery was pulled off. Llllls made a
"getaway" with $9,000, of which his
employer, the generous "Joe" Butts,
took all but $100. Still, that sum was
a fortune to the lad, and then and
there he resolved to be a crook. He
worked with, or rather for, Butts for
two years and "po'led off" several dar-
lug .vfis. He made a specialty of rob-
bing banks and bank messengers in
broad daylight, and In crooks' par-
lance became what is known as a
Robbhg Chemical National Bank.
Perhaps the most exciting episode
In Mills' adventurous career occurred
in New York city in 181>9. Greatly en-
j couraged by his success In Clncln-
; natl, he was urged by .loe Butts to go
to New York to receive the finishing
| touches of his education from the
; noted crooks In that city.
Butts gave him a letter of lntroduc-
tion to "Old Chauncey" Johnson, one
| of the most noted crooks of that day.
It did not take Johnson long to ap-
i predate 1.1111s' remarkable criminal
: ability, and he Introduced the youth to
J all of his associates. "Long John"
! Walsh made him his protege, and to |
| gether they planned and executed sev
! eral daring "sneaks."
"Old Chauncey" Johnson and "Long
John" Walsh conceived the Idea of
i robbing the Chemical National bank's
i messenger on the steps of the bank
as ho was returning with his collec
tions. They took Llllls to Wall street
to get the lay of the land and size up
the job. It was their plan to have
blm snatch the satchel with the money
from the messenger and make a break
for safety while they prevented tho
messenger or any one else from Inter
fering. Mills looked over the ground
and said he could do It. Ha found
that he would be obliged to sprint
nearly 300 yards before he could make
the "getaway," so he spent several ;
days In Central park training to sprint.
He was able to make 100 yards In
i about eleven seconds flat, but his
speed for 300 yards did not satisfy
! "Long John" Walsh, to they decided
i to get some one else to make the
"sneak." They found a promising
youth In the person of "Kid" Meany,
one of the fastest sprinters in the
country, and on July 14, 1X09, the four
went to the steps of the Chemical Na-
Lillis* Iron Nerve.
Llllls was to bend over and tie his
shoe the Instant the satchel was
stolen and thus block the messenger
from going In pursuit. Johnson and
Walsh were to block any others who
attempted to catch the thief. There
was a policeman on the corner a few
hundred feet away and the narrow ,
street was so crowded that It seemed j
almost Impossible for the "sneak" to
be successful, still they took their sta
tions to await the messenger. In duo
! time he arrived and started up the
' small flight of steps to the bank, The
critical moment had arrived, but
Kid" Meany, who was to make the
snatch." did not move. He stood on
the steps white as a sheet and shak-
ing like a leaf. His courage had
failed him at the critical momeru.
Lime saw Instantly that Meafiy had
•flunked." Although his pals had ad-
vised him not to attempt the sneak,
as he could not hope to make the dash
to safety quickly enough, Llllls
snatchi d the satchel from the hand of
iha cleared the flight of
steps with one jump and ran at top
speed down Wall street to Williams
street, where he disappeared In thi
crowd. The bank messenger was toi
astonished to go In pursuit, and al
though he cried for help, Mills was
out of sight before any one was after
him. The "sneak" conld not have
been more successfully carried out
had It been planned fot Llllls to
snatch the satchel.
The satchel contained $14,000 and
was divided between "Old Chauncey"
Johnson, "Long Tom" Walsh and Mi-
lls. Kid" Meany was cut off with-
out a penny for losing his nerve.
Joined "Combination Mob."
Tills bold piece of work made Mills
famous in Hie underworld and he
i was asked to join the "Combination
I Mob," a band of clever criminals who
were preparing to leave for London
to rob the Bank of England. Tho In-
vitation was accepted and Mills be-
came an associate of Little .loe
Reilly, the lorger who got $69,000
from the Union Trust company In
New York; "Hat" Riilly, the pick-
pocket; Joe Butts, the bank sneak
and former friend from Cincinnati,
and Sophie Lyons, the notorious
woman thief. When they arrived In
London they were joined by Eddie
Guerln, who was later sent to llevil s
Island for robbing the Bank of I-ranee,
and Billy I'orter, the English thief
| who robbed the duchess of Suther-
land of a $r,0,000 diamond necklace.
But they found the bank too well pro-
tected, so they gave up the job and
went to Paris, where several months
of work netted them about $10,000
Llllls lost his at Monte Carlo went
to England, was caught robbing a
hank messenger and spent two years
In Clerkenwell prison.
Beginning of the End.
Then bail luck overtook him at
evety step. He was arrested In Louis
ville for robbing a patron of the Seel-
bach hotel and was sentenced to one
year's Imprisonment at Frankfort On
I his release he went to Nashville.
Tenn., where, with "Sin eney" Harris
land "Sneaky" Jim, he robbed Jes-
! sup's jewelry store. His pals got
i away, but he stayed In town the' day
after the robbery and was arrested.
1 lie had previously "felt out the Job
! and the clerk In the jewelry store
I identified him as the man who had
made several purchases during the
week preceding the robbery. He
fought his case hard and carried It to
the supreme court of the state, his
pals having sent him money, but It
was no use. He was sentenced to 15
years in the Nashville state prison.
He Eerved 11 years and 6 months, the
remainder of his sentence being com-
muted for good behavior. He was re-
leased from there a few weeks ago,
and he went to New York determined
to start anew before It was too late
to lead an honest
For two days he went without food,
being unable" to secure employment.
Then, in desperation, he entered' *
New York hotel, determined to steal
| enough money to get something t«
at. He was on the point of entering
one of the rooms when he conquered
bis desires and left the hotel. H«
met a friend who gave hlpi temporary
assistance and last week he secured
He says his criminal career Is ended.
RECIPE THAT MADE FORTUNE
Mow to Make the Berwick Sponge
Cake, Long Famous In New
The Berwick sponge cake has been
famous throughout the northern por-
tions of New England for fully three*
quarters of a century. The particu-
lars of its history are told In a manu
script cookbook now In the posses
slnn of Miss Isabelle Gordon of La
CI range. Ill According to this au-
thority. William Briggs, injured In a
railroad accident, promised not to sue
the company provided It would agree
to build him a restaudant at North
Berwick, Me., ami there stop every
train for fl,ve minutes. This was done
as agreed, and In twenty years Briggs
retired, made rich from the sale ol
his wonderful sponge cuke 'Ihe Her
wick sponge cake require® si* eggs,
three cups of powdered white sugar,
four even cups of sifted flour, two tea
spoons of cream of tartar, one tea-
spoon of soda, one cup of co'.d water
ind half of a lemon. Beat the eggs
two minutes, add tho sugar and heat
five minutes more; stir the cream
of tartar Into two cups of the flour;
add It to the eggs and sugar and bent
for one minute. Dissolve the soda In
the water and add It also. Wash the
lemon, dry It and add the juice and
the rind, grated Finally add the two
remaining cups of flour, and beat al
the Ingredients together for one min-
ute. Put the dough Into two deep tins
and hake In a moderate oven.
A ple-c'uttlng device, which cuts a
whole pie Into six pieces at one oper-
ation. has been designed for the use
of hotels and restaurants It consists
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Baltimore, W-.—'"I send you her*,
iritli '.lie picture of my fifteen year old
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and called it Green
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pound has accomplished for them have
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Young Girls, Ilcod This Advice-
Girls who are troubled with painful
or irregular periods, backache, head-
ache, dragging-down sensations, faint-
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mg |.« 1.= ... indigestion, should take
immediate action and be restored to
health by Lydia K. i'inkham's Vege-
table Compound. Thousands hare beeu
restored to health by its use.
Write to Mrs. PlnUtiam, Lynn,
Mass., lor udvlco, free.
Why Rent a Farm
• nd bp compelled to pay to your landlord moit
>f your hard-earii«d profits? Own your own
Btcure • Fret Homestead In
Manitoba, Saskatchewan or
Alberta, or purchase
lund In ona of theee
districts and bank a
profit of $10.00 or
$12.04) • c r a
Lai.d purchased S
yearn ago at $10 00 an
| acra baa r a c a n 11 y
I c h a n g e d hands at
$2300 an acra. Tha
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Six Pieces at one Cut.
of a bale for tho pie to rest upon
aiir) a lover provided with kIx knlven,
arranged like tho Bpokes of a wheel.
FRENCH CHALK WILL 00 IT
~*iat Is the Best Thing to Remove
Spots Made by Cream or
A woman who had a pitcher 01
cream spilled over a blue crepe dress
she was wearing for the first time
started to wash ofT the spots with
"Don't do It," said a friend. "It
will ruin your gown. When you get
home cover It thickly with French
chalk for three or fci.r days, brush
off. and If any signs of the grease re-
main put heavy brown paper over It
and press with a hot Iron " The ad
vice removed the cream.
One woman carries French chalk
for such emergeleles *0 food spots.
A little of the chalk Is rubbed In at
once, as It removes the spot more
quickly when fresh.
If Kasollne or other cleansing fluid
Is used on a material that will ring,
put a heavy white blotter under the
spot, or If that Is not at hand use a
Turkish towel. Hub In a circle until
•he dampness Is evaporated.
by cattleralsln*,dalryinf, nlaed
farming and grain arowing In
the provlnraa ©I Mssllaks,
$a«k«Uh**an and Albarta
t'rea hmnriirsd ana pre-
emption arena, as wall aa land
held by railway and land com-
lantes, will provlda konsaa
Adaptable soil, haallbful
climate, apleodld schools
anil cburchna.rfood rnllwaya.
K« r settlern' tatas, descriptive
literature "last Best Wast," how
to tf*cb thrrountr* arid other par-
ticulars, writs to Hup t of Immi-
gration. Ottawa., ( aiiada or to the
Cuna«tlsn Oorsrrment Ag«nt.
(MAMA* GOV!MM*J A0f*T
MstfcSlrrrl Imus (*y. •
(1* na ad<1 re km nearest jnu.) W
117 1 If 1 IC Women ag well aa men
W IlvJ ar# nigde miserable by
To Prevent Curtains Sagging.
When the lace curtains are ready to
be washed, baste a narrow strip of
muslin along each outer edge and let
It remain until the washing and dry-
ing process Is completed and you will
llnd your curtains are straight and do
Kather check your appetite than get
In debt, and though penniless be pa-
Two cups of sugar, two cups of
sour creatn, two tablespoons of soda,
flour as for cookies If you expect
thein to last long you will have to
double the quantity.
These are to be mixed In given or-
der and baked In hot gem pans. One
egg. one cup sweet milk two cups of
bread flour In which has been sifted
two teaspoons cream tartar and one
teaspoon of soda, onethlrd cup of
kidney and bladder trou-
ble. Dr. Kilmer's Hwamp-
T T AMP lloot *>'• *,eat kldn,,r
I' IviY-'I remedy promptly r.llev.a.
At druggist" In nfty <- nt and dollar ataes
You nmy have . sample bottle by mall
fr«e. uIbo pamphlet telling all about It.
Address. I>r. Kilmer A- ''■< mneh.mton, N. Y.
BiTCUTC rorttmas are tn«s« in patent* ri-
r* I tN I a I,., t Tourl(lr. OurlM nam booaWea.
riU*«r«ld « t o.. Hoi H, U. U
Lee Huckins Hotel
European Kates £1.00 P<r day.
Popular price Cafe in connection.
LOWEST PRICIS IABV MYMISTI
You cannot aflord to experiment with
untried goods sold by commission
agents Catalogues free.
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Ours is a practical coutoe We une no books
but real motors and cars Write tor circular.
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