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2 and 16 Dec 1879

Source:  Burnet Bulletin, Dec 1879
transcribed by Barry Caraway, 2002

DEC 2, 1879


On Monday night of last week, the stage running from this place to Liberty Hill was stopped and robbed by an unknown person,about 9 1/2 miles from Burnet.

The stage driver was engaged in watering his team, when a solitary man riding a white horse, appeared and ordered the stageman to stand and deliver. The driver was forced to cut open the mail bag and hand out its contents.  One registered letter was taken, but the full amount of the loss is not known.

We trust that the offender may be brought to justice, and that speedily.

DEC 16, 1879

Mr. Lewis, of the Smithwick Mill neighborhood, reported that a sheep man in Cat Hollow, near the Perdenales River, discovered a buggy in a deep pool of water. The vehicle had been taken to pieces and placed in this pool. The gentleman who made the discovery reported the same to the neighbors, who assembled and guided by an offcensive oder found two horses near with their throats cut.

Much excitement prevails and the general impression seems to be, that there has been a foul murder and that the murderers attempted to conceal their deed of blood by sinking the buggy and killing the horses. A strick search is being prosented by the citizens and we hope that light may be thrown upon the matter. 

The place where the discovery has been made is near where the notorious Tuttle, who has been recently killed by Rangers, made his home at times. 

The mystery should be solved and no trouble or expense should be spared in unearthing the whole matter.

DEC 16, 1879


We learned yesturday of Mr. Conner, Deputy Sheriff, that Capt. Miller had caught the man who robbed the Burnet mail some two weeks since, that his name was Smith, and that the Captain had taken him to the Austin jail.

Sheriff Miller got upon the track of the highwayman through the suspicions of Mr. Haynie, mail contractor between Burnet and Llano. Young Kyle, his driver, several days after the mail robbery, met near Bluffton a stranger riding a pacing gray mare, who questioned him, and afterwards Mr. Haynie himself, about the mails etc., and suspecting the man, Mr. H. watched for him, and his just conclusions led to his capture.

It is this promptness on the part of officers and citizens like these, that reflect the greatest credit upon themselves and the community in which they lived.



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