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Kansas City Journal September 8, 1897


Newton, Kansas, Sept. 7.---Conductor O'Rourke, who runs between here and Dodge City, on train No. 32, reports that early this morning, just as he was leaving Ellinwood, his train was boarded by a man called " Gunnysack Red " and three other men. The men evidently intended to hold up the train, but " Gunnysack Red " fell under the train and his legs were cut off just below the knees.
This frightened the other men, and they ran, leaving their companion on the track. The man was picked up and taken to Ellinwood, where he died.
He was in jail there for several weeks on the charge of killing a negro. It was learned that the man was an old criminal, known all over western Kansas, and that his right name was Robert Brown. He and his companions were eluding the officers. The other men were captured later in the day and lodged in jail.

The number of US passenger train robberies from 1890-1894:


Doesn't look like many, especially compared to today's " Train Robber Capital of the World " Acultzingo.


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