|Galveston Daily News
Jan 16, 1891
BADLY WOUNDED BY A ROBBER.
Town Marshall Isbell of Bells Shot
- A Daring Thief.
BELLS, Tex. Jan. 15.- A man entered the saloon at
the Pacific hotel
here last night and with cocked revolver ordered the parties present to
hand over their wealth. He secured W.D. Elliott's watch.
Jim Isbell, the town marshal, who is also
bartender, got out his
pistol, when the robber fired, hitting Isbell on the right cheek bone,
breaking the bone fearfully and knocking out the teeth on that side,
ball coming out on the back of the head. He is yet alive.
Mr. Keener, the lunch stand keeper at the same
place, caught hold
of the robber at this juncture, and in the scuffle secured his pistol,
when the robber broke from him and ran, but was pursued by a negro.
Martin, who was in the saloon and whom the robber had forced to search
the parties while he held his pistol on them. Martin pursued and
him and held him until help arrived, when he was secured and brought
He gives his name as Smith, living in this county
and has for the
past six years. It is thought Mr. Isbell may recover, though he is