The Greer County Democrat (Mangum, Okla.), Vol. 26, No. 48, Ed. 1 Thursday, August 10, 1916 Page: 3 of 8
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THE GKKKK COUNTY DEMOCRAT
The rerrier and the Bloodhounds
Stories of the Greatest
Cases in the Career of
Thomas Furlong, the Fa-
mous Railroad Detective,
Told by Himself
rltfhi ttjr W. a. Chapman
teaghlor when lit* animals ltd them to It. «rr nd I went lo the front f
tbrlf own koutM door and ri|>pt4 A man * voice Imuin- !
As I h« Hated. I was bu y upon dlately answered from within. aaklng
own Intrsiigaliona in tha mean- w'm *• **r" •Bl' *bal wa wanted
while White the bounds were follow- "W are officers of tha law and
ina wiill other tracks and affording • • warrant for your arrest," 1
sport for all tha male population of an w«-rrd
Overton. I waa on my way to Pales- "tf lhat'a lha caae." Price answered,
tine, a division and headjuartera of "you can call In the morning after I
the International A Ureal Northern h a had my breakfast and If I feel
railroad, aome forty mile* south of I'^e going with you t will do so, hut If
Tha murder of Conductor Krazlcr by | ton. as I have said I left 8t. Ix>ula
j bandlta occurred whlla I was chief ape-I early tho morning follow inn the at-
I clal aitent for the Missouri Pacific rail- j t<*mpt d hold up, reaching my destlna-
I way. and Mr. Hoxi<\ Ho- \ • •• |>i
land general manager, notified um to
ItalM action upon the caae. 1 waa to
proceed to Overton, Texas, where the
attempted bold-jip had occurred, and
make my Investlgationa lintuediately.
tlon some eighteen hours later Here
1 I'iirn-d. in addition to (he fa«'n I
have given, that there waa a north-
bound paasenger train from Uulveston
that night. There was a water tank
about three miles aouth of Overton,
This episode happened In the year and here the north bound train waa to
1885. It was in the month of Pebru- j meet and pans Conductor Krazler's
ary and about midnight. The weather! train. I conjectured that the masked
waa unusually cold for that section, men had intended to ateal a ride on the
and the ground waa covered with south bound train to the water tank,
•bout two ln< hea of snow. The train, and there to board tho north-bound
which waa bouud south from Long'
view to (Jalveston and San Antonio,
was in charge of Conductor Frasler.
Juat as the train waa about to pull
out of the small station of Overton the
Overton. Ilere I found Ihe colored
porter. * light and rather good looking
mulatto lie wore what were called
"sideburns." and a muatache of which
I don't feel like going with you
Price lived In • small, one story
shanty. At one end of Ihe sleeping I
he waa very proud He had slated room waa a large fireplace. In which
that he would be able to pick out the a big Are was burning, which heated
men whom ha had seen board tha train
at Overton, providing they were wear
ing the same clothing as on the night
of the tragedy. I waa anxious to bring
him back as soon as possible. 1 be-
lieved the guilty men to bo In Over-
ton, but I was afraid that the hounda
would be liable to Indicate some poor
unfortunate, but Innocent person, who I
would bo more than likely to be sub-
jected by the nob to violent treatment.
Ilefore proceeding to Palestine I had '
telegraphed to one of my men, Mike
Mct'abe by name, to meet me there.
and at Ihe same time Illuminated the
room. The fireplace In question was
built up against the outside of the
house, and there was a crack, prob-
ably half an Inch wide, extending
along the chlmncy. A'ter Price had
made bis jocular answer I left Chris
Rogers at the door and went to the
crack, fly the light of the Are we
could obtain a good view of the in-
terior of the sleeping room. The bed
was standing immediately In front of
the fireplace and facing it. Over the
bead of the bed was a shelf extending
which ho duly did. I look the porter, ' along the partition, and upon thl/
whose name waa Davis, to a colored sh« If Price evidently kept a Winches-
bather shop In Palestine, v here I had i ter rifle, for be was now sitting up In
Oavls' whiskers shated off. as well as j bed. his Winchester in his band. I
hla mustache. The porter protested j went back to the door and hurriedly
vigorously, but I Anally persuaded blm : told Rogers of this.
Into the chair. I afterward had Davis | "Price," shouted Rogers through the
don the suit of a common fleld hand.
train from Galveston, hold It up, and I ""d a soft hat of the kind usually
rob it between tho water tank tnd J worn by the Held hands in that see-
Overton. Owing to their discovery, tion. After Davis had been shaved and
however, and the unexpected shooting dressed In his new clothes his own
affray, they left the train and, taking mother would not ha\e recognized
colored porter, whose duty it was to a circuitous route, made their way to him.
see that no tramps or other Intruders i Overton. I then placed the porter In tho
boarded it when it was leaving sta- They could easily bo traced back charge of McCabe, who wsb unknown
tlons, noticed two men climb aboard thus far, owing to their tracks In the in that part of the country, with the
what is known as the "blind" end of snow, but when they reached the main following instructions: He was to take
the baggage car, from the north side. | street their tracks were lost among the first train on the following morn-
Or. seeing them, the porter boarded the numerous other tracks there. I ing as far as the water tank above men-
the baggage car at Its rear end and. as concluded that the men were residents ! tioned, near Overton There Davis ana ! him in agitated tones to surrender,
the baggage cars of that period all had j of Overton and not tramps, and contin- j lJe were to leave tho train, and they and after some demurring, Price fol- !
doors at each end, he entered the car j ued my investigations on that hypothe- were to walk Into the village and go lowed her advice. He opened the door j
by the rear door and opened the front, sis. around it, looking carefully at every and surrendered to us, and we took j
door from the Inside, thus coming upon j In the meantime, as soon as the person who came near them. In the both our prisoners to the special car |
the men suddenly from within. The ] news of the murder became generally event of Davis being able to recognize and immediately started for Port
train had not yet fully got underway known, a special train had been sent one or both of the masked men he waa W'orth, arriving there late the same I
door, "your house la surrounded, and
you had better put that Winchester
which you have in your hands back
on the shelf. Come to tho door and
open it at once, or else let your wife
and babies come out before we set
Are to the place and burn you out.
You have been bluffing the people of
Overton for a long time, but you can't
bluff us. We are officers of the law,
and If you come to the door and sur-
render we will protect you."
We heard Price's wife pleading with
and the porter, peering out, ordered
the trampB, as he supposed them to
be, to get off the train. Immediately
they turned upon him, each man hold-
ing two large revolvers. The porter
then perceived that they were wearing
masks, and he was thoroughly fright-
ened. Slamming the door shut, he
fastened It and rushed back into the
car, where he met Conductor Frazier,
whom he informed that there were two
tramps on the front end of the bag-
gage car and that, when he ordered
them off, they had pointed revolvers
at him. He did not tell the conductor
that they were wearing masks, how-
Conductor Frazier, believing the
men to be merely tramps who had got
upon the car for the purpose of steal-
ing a ride, concluded that he would In-
vite them Into the smoking car out of
the cold, where they would be more
comfortable, and put them off at the
next station. They would be more
comfortable in the smoking car than
out on the front platform. Ho went to
the front end of the car, accompanied
by a brakeman named Powers. He
opened the front door and the men im-
mediately opened fire on him. Frazier
fell forward dead, his body rolling off
the train into a ditch.
The men now caught sight of Pow-
ers, the brakeman, who was behind the
conductor. As soon as the firing be-
gan Powers turned to run back into
the coaches. He was shot in the body
and seriously wounded. The men then
sprang from the train and disappeared.
Upon receiving my instructions
from Mr. Hoxle, I departed for Over-
from the toWn of Marshall, Texas, to to Inform McCabe quietly, and Mc-
Overton, with a pack of bloodhounds, Cabe was to report to me at once,
which *ero owned and kept by the j procee(ie(i to Overton from Pales-
Texas & Pacific Railroad company, tlne on a trajn that ,eft on the ed.
and were in charge of a man named , night and wajted for develop.
Mundon, who accompanied the hounds
everywhere they went. Mundon
brought a posse of several men with
him, in addition to the hounds, and as
soon as the train reached Overton all
the citizens thronged to join the party.
The bounds were taken to the spot
where the masked men had leaped
from the train, which was about a
mile and a half south df Overton.
Being unleashed, they at once took up
the scent, following the tracks to Over-
ton, where, like the men, they became
confused by the large number of
tracks on the main street. However,
there was one wise old dog In the pack
named Lee. Lee finally scented the
track in the street and began bellow
ing, and continued until he arrived at
a high picket fence which surrounded
the home of a man named John Price.
The hounds were being followed by a
large crowd, and when they arrived at
the fence, which was too high for
them to leap, Lee kept up his howling
until Mundon silenced him.
The hounds were then taken back to
the spot at which Lee had scented the
first track that led to the home of
Price, and, after a good deal of barking,
old Lee scented another track which
he followed to the house of a certain
Knight and Price were brothers-in-
law, and both of them were among the
crowd that was following the hounds,
so that the crowd burst into jeers and
A short time after McCabe and
Davis arrived they were passing a
blacksmith shop when Davis suddenly
recognized John Price as one of the
bandits. John Price, who was inside
the shop, had an apron on and was
shoeing a horse at the time. It was
then near noon, and the bloodhounds,
with the mob following them, were
seen coming down the hill Into the
town, evidently having had enough of
the pursuit, which, after Knight and
Price had been indicated by the ani-
mals, had become an aimless wander-
ing hither and thither. As the mob
drew near Davis recognized Knight
among the front rank of the crowd, be-
hind the hounds. He told McCabe
and my operative promptly informed
me. I then instructed McCabe to send
Davis back to Palestine and instruct
him to await further orders there.
Powers, the wounded brakeman, had
been conveyed to the railroad hospital
at Fort Worth, Texas, where he was
supposed to be lingering between life
and death from the wounds he had re-
ceived., «and I had been informed that
Powers likewise could identify the two
bandits. As Davis had already identi-
fied Price and Knight, and his identifi-
cation was corroborated by strong cir-
We went to the railroad hospital
where I saw the surgeon in charge.
Powers was in a better condition by
this time, and we arranged to have
him brought out of the small room
which he occupied and placed in a
larger one. We then had a party of
25 or 30 railroad men, and other men
who lived near the hospital, file into
this room and form a half circle
around Powers' cot. He was placed
in such a position that by merely
turning his head he could obtain
good view of those who were lined
up. Knight was standing in the half-
circle near otffe end and Price was
placed about midway between the cen
ter and the other end of the line.
Their dress and general appearance
were very similar to that of the others.
After everything had been arranged
the doctor In charge told Powers to
look over the line and see if he could
recognize any persons there. Powers
at once pointed his finger at Price and
"That Is one of the men who was
on that train."
He turned hiB head, looked along
the line, and, without any hesita-
tion, pointed to Knight, saying, "And
there's the other."
We took Price and Knight to Tyler,
Tex., where they were both locked up
in default of bail, to await their trials
on the charge of* murder.
Colonel Spivey, a prominent crim-
inal attorney, was employed by the
cumstantial evidence, among which . . . ... .. .,
was that the bloodhounds, I resolved I defense, while the railroad company
to put the two men under arrest and Capt. James Hogg and his
take them to Fort Worth, so that Pow- law Partner- M. Duncan, to as-
! mnf In 4k/v
ers might have an opportunity of see-
ing them. I therefore telegraphed
from Overton to Major Joseph Mer-
ron, general superintendent of the In-
ternational & Great Northern Rail-
road, at Palestine, in a cipher code
which we employed, requesting him
to send a special engine with a coach
to Overton that night, and to arrive
about 11 o'clock, 'by which time the
great majority of the inhabitants
would be in bed. I also requested
that he would send my man McCabe
to me aboard this special train. Major
Merron wired back to me that he
would comply with my request, and
that; if I desired it, he would come
himself and bring another man with
him. I asked whom he intended to
bring, and he replied that he would
bring Chris Rogers, who at that time
was city marshal of Palestine. Rogers
had held this position for a number
of years, and was a terror to the evil-
doers of the community, having killed
no fewer than seven or eight men
during his term of office.
I wired to Major Merron that I
should be glad to have him bring Mr.
Rogers along with him, and requested
him further to instruct his engineer
to approach the station at Overton
quietly and without ringing his bell or
blowing bis whistle, as it was essen-
tial that the citizens should not know
that a train was approaching.
The train arrived at the time ap-
pointed, bringing with it Major Mer-
ron, Chris Rogers and McCabe. I met
them and took them at once from the
station to the house of John Knight,
sist in the prosecution.
In due course the day of the trial ar-
rived. Circuit Judge McCord presiding.
The defendants demanded separate
trials. Colonel Spivey proposed to try
Knight first, for the reason that it was
generally understood that he, being
the younger of the two men, had been
under the influence of his brother-in-
law. If he received p severe sentence
it would augur well for a heavier one
for Price, whereas, if Price got off
lightly, Knight would receive an even
milder sentence. Knight's trial lasted
two days. The jury returned a verdict
of guilty of manslaughter, and his
punishment was fixed at ton years in
state's prison. His counsel immedi-
ately served notice that he would ap-
ply for a new trial, and also asked
the continuance of Price's trial until
the next term of court. The continu-
ance motion was granted and Price
was released on bail.
While the question of Price's bond
was being arranged by the lawyers
and the court, I, in company with Wil-
liam Boyd, the master of transporta-
tion, left the court room and walked
out into the grounds in front of the
court house, where we stood convera
ing for a few moments. I noticed a
rather singular looking man who
had^been following me almost con-
tinuously during the trial. He
THE MEN IMMEDIATELY OPENED FIRE ON HIM.
court, and whatever the court sees
At to do with Price will be satisfac-
tory to me."
"I was afraid that Price would stay
In jail until the next term of court,"
answered the man. "Now that he is
going to be let out on bail I intend to
kill him before that time comes. He
shot my brother Borne time ago in a
very cowardly manner and without
cause. My brother will die from the
effect of the wound before long, and
I intend to kill his murderer."
"If I were in your place," I an-
swered, "I do not believe I would talk
about what I intended to do, as you
are liable to get Into trouble."
"All right! I am just telling you
this," answered the man, "and I don't
intend to talk any more about it. I
just want you all to know how I feel
about the matter."
I had feared that the man intended
to make trouble for me, and was great-
ly relieved to learn that he had no
grudge against me. As for his threat
to kill Price, I did not take it very
seriously. When he had concluded
these remarks he extended his hand
"Watch out now. and remember
what I have told you," he said.
About four or five weeks later,
when Price was out on bail, he came
. out of his bouse early one morning
and took his stand on a platform that
extended from the rear of the build-
ing, where he began washing in a ba-
sin. This platform stood about three
feet above ground, and had a hollow
space under it. While Price stood
there a man who was under the plat-
form crawled from his place of con-
cealment and shot him through the
head, killing him instantly. A man
was subsequently arrested for tha
crime and tried, but acquitted.
After the arrest of Knight and Prlc®
I returned to St. Louis, where 1 re-
ported the success of my undertaking
to Mr. Hoxie. When I entered Mr.
Hoxie's office to make my report ex-
Gov. John C. Brown, then general
solicitor of the Gould railway system,
was in his office, and he was invited
to return there to listen to my re-
port. When I had concluded Mr. Hoxis
turned to him and said:
"Governor, this is a remarkable
case, and the only case that I know
of where a terrier has beaten a pack
of bloodhoundB on a man trail."
I, being an Irishman, presume that
I was the terrier referred to.
O'CONNELL AND THE WITNESS
Sample of the Great Irishman's Intui-
tion and Quickness of Per-
Daniel O'Connell, In his career at
the bar, says Judge Parry in the Corn-
hill Magazine, was rightly acclaimed
by the people as "The Counsellor." He
remained a stiff gownsman to the
end; he never asked for silk, and re-
fused the judgeship offered to him.
No government ennobled him. He had
two titles, but they were given him by
his fellow men. In the greater world
of politics he was "The Liberator;" in
his own demesne on the Munster cir-
cuit and among the peasantry of the
West he was "The Counselor."
Of The Counselor's intuition and
quickness of perception in guessing
the secret in a lying witness' heart
many stories are told. He certainly
had a very intimate knowledge of the
thoughts and feelings of the lower
classes, but in the following story It is
difficult to believe that he had not re-
ceived some inkling of the real truth
before he went into court. The story
is told, however, as an example of his
looked about" thirty years of age. was I marvelous power of Insight, and is in
in his shirt-sleeves, and was wearing j any case a curious record of humor,
a Texas hat with a brim of extra width viHainy and superstition.
It was a will case, and the validity
and no collar. He had the ap-
pearance of being 6lightly under the
influence of liquor.
I had noticed the man so often that
where I rapped for admission. My j i had grown accustomed to looking
knock was answered by John Knight - - • - - - •- - -
at once, and he was immediately seized
and secured. When we proceeded to
you must one day be judged for the
evidence you give here today, I solemn-
ly ask—and answer me at your peril—-
was it not a live fly that was in the
dead man's mouth when his hand was
placed on the will?"
The witness fell on his knees and
confessed that they had indeed placed
u fly in the mouth of the deceased, that
they might swear that "life was In
Jean is a very lively little person of
five, who hardly knows what the word
"quiet" means. One afternoon she
came into the house merry and noisy-
after her afternoon nap, and as she
burst in like a firecracker she caused
quite a commotion. Her mother, think-
ing to give a gentle hint, said, "Your
dolly has been so good while you've
been out. She hasn't talked nor made
a bit of noise nor broken anything. She
has just sat here as quiet as a mouse."
"Poor Dolly !" said Jean, who did not
fail to understand her mother's re-
mark. "I'm sorry. Some day I'll stajr
home and give her a good time."
A Child Equipment.
A small pad, one or two pencils^ a
box of crayons and small scissors are
part of the children's equipment for a
journey. There Is lots of fun with u
magazine and scissors for young per-
"THAT 18 ONE OF THE MEN THAT WAS ON THAT TRAIN."
the house of his brother-in-law. Price.
We fully expected to have trouble
with Price, for he bore a very bad
reputation, having been mixed up In
a number of shooting scrapes. He was
considered by the people of Overtcn to
be a "bad man'' of the community.
Arriving outside the Price house. I
sent lfcCabe. who waa not a large man.
of the will was in dispute. The wit-! If you sproud out a ,arge Dewg.
nesses for the defense all swore that | paper so that papers won-t be dls.
the testator had signed the will while ' tributed all over the car. little Johnny
_ "life was in him." Other counsel had | and M.iry can snip p,ctures out of the
for him. I suspected that he was a cross-examined the witnesses, and the I magazines without discomfort to any-
"crank" and would bear watching, hist witness was handed over to O'Con-1 one and pr,>at joy to themselves.
Now he came right up to me and nell. He, too swore by the same
said: phrase that "life was In the testator
"Furlong. I know you, and I want to w-hen the will was signed."
tell ycu that you will never convict "By Tirtue of your oath, was he
John Price, and I am mighty glad that alive?" asked O'Connell.
he ia going out on a bond.'' j "By virtue of my oath, life was in
"Well, it doesn't make any differ- him."
euce to me whether Price is ever con- j "Mow," continued O'Connell. with
victed or not," I answered "I only great solemnity, and assuming an air
did my duty In causing his arrest The of inspiration. "I call on you In the
but waa thoroughly game, to the back,1 matter ia now in the hands of tha i presence of your Maker, before whom 4 tomoblle.
The crayon and pad which they can
use to copy pictures or write letters
on will keep them pleasantly absorbed
Another fruitful source of accidents
Is the sporting instinct which inspires
people to see whether they can cross
the street ahead of an oncoming au-
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