The Independent Patriot
December 6, 1894


Last Thursday night two suspicious looking men occupied the Ashland school house just across the line in Harrison county. They were seen by a farmer named McCoy, and he reported the fact to a neighbor names Charles Murray. In order to learn something about the men McCoy invited them to breakfast, and they gladly accepted. While at the table McCoy and Murray went through the overcoat pockets of the strangers and found a lot of revolvers and other small articles that made matters appear very suspicious. Murray wanted to take the men into custody at once, but in the absence of a warrant McCoy thought it best not to undertake it. After breakfast the men left. Several hours after their departure, officers from Maloy, Iowa, came along in search of two thieves who had robbed a store in that town on Wednesday night. The officers were put on the track and the burglars were overhauled a short distance east of Hatfield and placed under arrest. They are now in jail at Mt. Ayr, Iowa.

- Worth County Times.

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March 4, 2003

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