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 Horse Thieves

Source:  Burnet Bulletin, 21 March 1874
Transcribed by JoAnn Myers, May 2007

Horse Thieves Captured.

One killed and two wounded. On last Saturday night, 7 head of saddle horses were stolen from Dr. Fields, A. M. Mather, and Cyrus Marcas, living on N. Gabriel in this county.

A party of seven citizens followed and overtook the thieves about 2 1/2 miles from Townsends Mill in Lampassas County. A sharp fight ensued, resulting in the killing of one of the thieves, Billy Graham, and the wounding and capture of the other two, who gave their names as Charlie Clark and Bud Thompson.

Both of these men were wounded through the leg and the physician thinks that amputation will be necessary for Clark. Thompson and Clark were brought to this town and confined in jail yesterday.

All credit is due those citizens for their prompt and effective action in this matter. If all of our citizens would pursue the same course whenever stock were stolen from themselves or neighbor, horse theives would soon come to avoid Burnet County as they would a plague spot.

The moderation these citizens displayed in not breaking the rascals' necks when they were captured, entitles them to be classed among the most moderate and law abiding men in the State. None of them were wounded in the fight, but a bullet passed through the hat of one gentleman.



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