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James W. Herrington Arrested in Kansas-1876


Posted By: cheryl Locher moonen (email)
Date: 4/19/2021 at 17:05:29

Dubuque Daily Times, Friday, Wednesday, Mar 15, 1876, Dubuque, IA, Page: 4

JAMES W. HERRINGTON was arrested at Wichita, Kas., a few days since, by Detective Seaman, of Clinton, on charge of being implicated in the blowing up and robbing of the safe of Howard County, Iowa, at Cresco, a few years ago. It is believed the Herrington’s have carried on a general system of robbery and swindling in various parts of the country for many years. When the train on which Seaman had Herrington in charge was within a few miles of Clinton, the prisoner, whose feet were shackled, jumped through the window of the closet, while the train was moving at the rate of twenty miles an hour! Mr. Seaman discovered the absence of his “bird” within a few minutes, and the train was at once backed up to the point where he must have jumped off; but in the darkness of the night nothing could be seen of him-nor has anything been seen of him since. In Wichita, Herrington and his brother were in a brokerage and banking business; and so prominent and respected were they that when Seaman sought to arrest him the citizens had Seaman arrested and thrown into prison for perjury, in swearing against him. With the help of the telegraph and recognition of the Clinton National Bank, and by means of a requisition from the Governor of Kansas, the plucky officer effected the capture of his prisoner and had nearly reached home with him when the latter escaped as above narrated. We condense from the Clinton Herald


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