Merrick County, NE
The Central City Record, Thursday, 9/23/1909 p. 1
HAMILTON COUNTY HORSETHIEF CAPTURED
Sheriff Iler Corrals Man Who Operated Near
Hordville; Is Wanted Elsewhere
Sheriff Iler is in line for fifty dollars reward—or a part of it, at least—for catching the thief who stole four horses in Hamilton County Aug. 24 last. Three of the horses were stolen from Albert Nyberg and the other one from Mr. Copeland, near Hordville. Saturday Mr. Iler had a telephone message from Sheriff Babb, at Fullerton, telling him to look out for a certain described gentleman whom he was strongly suspicious of having unlawfully connected himself with the halters of the horses enumerate above. Mr. Iler accordingly watched the road from Fullerton with he result that he caught this man coming in town along in the evening. Monday he took him to Aurora, and turned him over to the sheriff there.
The man gave his name as C. H. Miller, but it appears he was working but a few weeks ago for J. C. Reeves, who was killed recently near Chapman by a U. P. train, under the name of Charley Holt. He appears to have several other aliases. Since making the arrest Mr. Iler has learned that Miller, or Holt, was responsible for the disappearance of a brown mare belonging to John F. Huteson, which was taken from Hober’s pasture about Sept. 10, and also for the disappearance of another horse which was stolen up in Howard County. The Howard County horse Miller sold for $100, but Mr. Huteson’s horse he turned loose in a road in Howard County beyond Palmer, after riding it until its back was a mass of sores and vainly trying to sell it.
While Miller was recently working for the late Mr. Reeves, he does not appear to be the one who stole three horses from Mrs. Reeves’ pasture two weeks ago. Mr. Iler, however, has hopes of locating the guilty man sooner or later. Miller is now liable for horsestealing in three counties —Hamilton, Merrick and Howard. If he should get convicted for all three, he will have a penitentiary sentence to serve which will keep him from any further horsestealing for quite a number of years to come.
It seems that the horsethieves are not all captured yet, for just as we go to press we get word that one or more visited the home of A. U. Reed on Prairie Island last night, fortunately without accomplishing their purpose.
Mr. Reed is in the far West, and it is likely that the thief or thieves knew of this and thought to take advantage of it. Mrs. Reed got up in the night to attend to her baby, and heard a commotion out in the pasture. She aroused her oldest boy, Frank, and they hastened out to investigate. They found the gate, which Frank remembered distinctly having securely fastened, standing wide open and their five colts out of the pasture and standing in the road.
The colts are three and four years old, but unbroken, and Mrs. Reed thinks the thieves drove them out into the road for the purpose of running them off, but were unable to get them away from home. They were all found near the house.
It has been a good many years since this region was troubled by horsethieves, but it begins to look as if there was an organized gang located in these parts engage in the profitable horseflesh which some one else has had the trouble and expense of raising. In these days of telephones throughout the land there is small chance of thieves getting away permanently with their stolen goods, and fortunately small chance of their escaping justice when brought into court.
Sure hope he wasn't one of "our Millers" (grin). - T&C
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