The Sanders County Independent-Ledger (Thompson Falls, Mont.) 1918-1959, November 28, 1918, Image 3

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THE SANDERS COUNTY LEDGER. CHARLIE SIIRINGO, FAMOUS DETECTIVE, TRAILED KID CURRY AND 114111S GANG FROM LITTLE ROCKIES IIN MONTANA TO MEXICAN LEINE In Santa Fe, New Mexico, there is living at the age of 63, blind and broken in health from years of ex- posure spent in the saddle and in un- dergoing constant dangers and hard- ships, Charlie Siringo, for a quarter of a century one of the most noted de- tectives in the west, whose repute- tioa as an operative of a world-fa- mous detective agency made him dreaded by criminals in the Rocky mountain country from the Canadian line to Mexico. Charlie Siringo was an important figure in bringing to justice the leaders in the bloody Coeur d'Alene labor riots. At one time he joined the Miners' union at Gem, Idaho, and had himself elected secretary of the union. Later his evidence convicted 18 of the union leaders of murder and dynamiting property. Siringo, who was noted for his cool nerve and absolute fearlessness under all circumstances, was often on the trail of desperadoes, bank rob- bers and train holdups in Wyoming, Kansas, Colorado and New Mexico, but interest in him in Montana cen- ters in the story of his efforts to take the noted \Kid\ Curry dead or alive and to break up the Curry gang, which a quarter of a century ago was notorious the country over for the exploits of its members in Charlie Siringo, the Cowboy Detect , We, Who Covered 25,000 Miles in Four Years Trailing Kid Curry and His Gang. The Union Pacific holdup referred to by Siringo in his story took place In 1899, and he connects Kid Curry with it. This was tyro - years before Curry and his gang held up the Great Northern train at Wagner, near Mal- ta, Montana. Continuing his narrative. Siringo says: \Bayles had found out that the right names of Kid ind Loney Curry were Harvey and Loney Logan, and that they were born and raised in Dodson, Mo., near Kansas City, and that for years they had been making their headquarters in the Little Rockies, a small range of mountains 60 miles east of Harlem, where Bob and Loney had owned the saloon. Therefore I was instructed to meet Sayles in Helena, and then buy a saddle horse at some point and ride into the Little Rockies and get in with the friends of the Logan bro- thers. holding up trains. In his autobio- graphy, published under the name of \A Cowboy Detective,\ he describes every move of his chase for months after Kid Curry and his accom- plices, known as the \wild bunch.\ Story of Curry In trailing ,jhe Curry gang and their accompliala of the \wild bunch\ Siringo spent four years and travel- ed 25,000 miles, and whpe he gath- ered much valuable information and evidence and aided in bringing some of the members of the gang to jus- tice, he found Kid Curry baffling and elusive and he declared him to be the keenest, most desperate and most resourceful of all the bad men he had come in contact with in his ex- perience. It was not till the mem- bers of the gang had been killed, cap- tured or scattered that Siringo was called off the chase. In his travels on Curry's trail, Sir- ingo at one time came to Helena, then went to Great Falls, where he outfitted with a saddle horse and rode across country to the Little Rocky mountains, where he spent several months in the vicinity of Landusky, learning the entire his- tory of the Curry boys and their ac- complices. This phase of his story is an interesting one. He tells It as follows: \In Denver I was informed by As- sistant Superintendent Curran, who bad charge of the Union Pacific rail- way train holdup investigation, that W. 0. Sayles (another detective) had run into a brother, Loney Curry, and a cousin, Bob Curry, of the noted out- law Kid Curry, in Harlem. Montana; that Loney and Bob owned a saloon at Harlem and had sent some of the unsigned bills stolen in the Union Pacific holdup at Silcox. Wyoming, off to be cashed. In this , way they were located, but sold their saloon and skipped out before S •yles had a chance to arrest them. They had become suspicions of Sayles, so for that reason he could not work on their friends secretly.\ \So finally, with several hundred dollars in my pocket, I started for Helena. It was thought best for me to outfit in Great Falls and ride about 250 miles across the bad lands to Landusky, the small cattle town in the Little Rockies. I boarded a train for Great Falls, where I bought a broncho mare and started east for Lewistown, about three days' ride. In Lewistown a severe blizzard was raging, it being about the latter part of February. I waited two days for it to moderate, but it seemed to grow worse. Therefore I started one morning when the thermometer re- gistered about 20 below zero, and with the wind blowing a gale. The people at the hotel advised me not to start. \My route lay over a flat country north to Rocky Point on the Missouri river, a distance of about 80 miles, and only one ranch on the route, which I aimed to reach before night. After traveling against the wind for 15 miles I could stand it no longer. My mare could hardly be kept head- ed toward the blizzard. I could see the mountains off to the east where I had been told the mining camp of Gilt Edge was situated, so for there I headed, not caring to return to Lewistown. I reached the camp four hours after dark, half frozen, but after I had gotten on the outside of a porterhouse steak I began to feel better. Next morning I obtain- ed a sketch of the route to the \Red Barn\ ranch on the south border of the bad lands. A hard ride brought me there, where I found a crowd of cowboys waiting for the weather to moderate. It was 30 miles ' to Rocky Point and I decided to lay over there. I did so, and while wait- ing I gained some information about the Kid Curry gang. Loney Curry had stopped here before and after the Silcox, Wyoming, train robbery on the Union Pacific. \I arrived at Rocky Point on the south bank of the Big Muddy three hours after dark. Before reaching the Little Rockies I learned that Harvey Logan, slim Kid Curry, had a half interest in a horse ranch with one Jim T.; that they owned about 500 head .of good horses which rang- ed in the Little Rockies. As luck would have it on reaching Landusky I made the acquaintance of Jim T. through an accident. In riding by a saloon in front of which was a crowd of rough looking men, my mare shied and I spurred her in the flank. She began bucking and my old Colts 46 flew out of the scab- bard, striking a rock in the street. When the mare quit bucking, Jim T. gave me the pistol. This meant a treat for the crowd, apd I became acquainted with the partner of Kid Curry. \In Landusky I played myself off for an Old Mexico outlaw and be- came solid with the worst people of the community. I had adopted the name of Charles L. Carter. \I learned that Kid Curry had killed old Pike Landusky, for whom the town was named, a few years before, which started the Kid on the road as a genuine desperado. Pike Landusky's widow, Julia, still resid- ed on their ranch two miles out of town. One of her daughters was the sweetheart of Loney Curry and I got a lot of information about him from her. In trying to capture Loney Curry at Dodson, Missouri, where he was in hiding with his aunt, Mrs. Lee, officials of my detective agency shot him through the head and kill- ed him. Mrs. Lee was the mother of Bob Lee, alias Bob Curry, one of the Curry gang. Bob Lee was cap- tured and tried at Cheyenne. Wyo., for train robbery. A Kansas City lawyer who was defending Bob Lee came to Landusky after evidence to Kid Curry, Leader of the FAMOUS Curry Gang, Which Operated from the Little Rockies in Montana to the Mexican border, Holding up Trains and _Robbing Banks; Curry, After His Last Exploit In Holding Up the Great Northern Train at Wagner, Montana, Was Captured at Knox- ville, Tenursee, and Sentenced to Serve a Collective Term of 180 Years. He broke Jail, Never Was Recaptured and Is Generally Be- lieved to be in South America. He Was Called the Most Daring and Resourceful Bad Man of His Time, but in Spite of His Record Had Many Influential Friends. prove an alibi for Bob. I got ac- quainted with him and learned all of his secrets. Bob was sent to the penitentiary.\ Gets Inside History During his stay at Landusky, Sir- ingo, as related by him above, got the confidence of the closest friends of Kid Curry and of friends of other members of the gang. Having punch- ed cows for years he was right at home on the roundup and showed plenty of skill in roping steers and horses. No one suspected him of being a secret service man. In par- ticular he cultivated the acquaintance and confidence of a certain stock- man in the vicinity who was a close friend of Curry and who used to correspond with the outlay frequent- ly through the postoffice at Chinook, as Siringo learned. Mail addressed by this man and posted at Harlem was watched by government detec- tives. This stockman, who since has left Montana, showed a very bitter spirit against the big detective agency for the killing of Loney Curry and the sending of Bob Lee, alias Curry, to the penitentiary. Lee had been captured at Cripple Creek, Col- orado, convicted and, sent to the peni- tentiary for 10 years. This stockman declared that Kid Curry would soon get even with the Union Pacific Rail- way company for the killing of Loney by robbing another train. Siringo alleges that be was told by this stockman that Curry was at the time making preparations for a job of that kind. After describing his experiences at Landusky. Siringo says: \I had found out many secrets of past crimes there. I knew that \Flat Nose\ George Curry (who was not re- lated to Kid and Loney Curry) was one of the robbers of the Silcox, Wyoming, train holdup, and that this \Flat Nose\ Curry was with a tough character named Henry Smith some- where in the northwestern part of the state of Chihul i vr, in Old Mex- ico. Therefore I r ved orders to meet United 43tates arshal Joe La - Fors of Cheyenne at Denver and go with him to Old Mexico in search of \Flat Nose.\ Curry Rills Winters \We had decided that Kid Curry wouldateer clear of the'Little Rock- ies, where every one knew him, but in this we were mistaken, for not long after I left he slipped back and killed Ranchman Winters, who had killed Johnny Curry in self protec- tion. Winters was a prosperous stock raiser, and be told me that he expected to be waylaid and killed by Kid Curry. \In the latter part of August I slipped out of the country. No one knew I was going excepting the daughter of Mrs. Landusky. I told her that my partner was to be exe- cuted for a crime we had both com- mitted in Old Mexico, and that I feared he would confess and give me away. In Harlem my horse and sad- dle were sold and I boarded a train for Denver. In Mexico I soon found we were on the wrong trail, and soon after this \Flat Nose\ Curry was killed in Utah while trying to resist capture. \Returning to Denver I got the particulars of a recent train robbery on the Union Pacific at Tipton, Wyo. Assistant Superintendent Goddil of our detective force had investigated this robbery and decided that Bid Curry, Bill Cruzan and a man who might be Harry Longbough did the job. The stockman at Landusky had told me that Curry was planning such a job, and I concluded that he knew what he was talking about.'' Distributing Points: HELENA GREAT FALLS LRWISTOWN OS =71. GLASGOW ROUNDUP RIC SALESMEN EVERYWHE Ask Your Dealer What Does MON-O-CO Stand For? Every Montana Tractor and Automobile Owner Should Know FIRST: That MON-0-00. stands for pure oils and greases, compounded by the MONTANA OIL COMPANY at its own plant to meet Montana climatic requirements and for sale only in Montana. SECOND: That you take no chances of bad results when you use MON-0-(X) oils and greases. The MONTANA OIL COMPANY guarantees them and we are here in Montana to stand behind our guarantee. Tell our branch manager or salesman nearest to you what type of tractor, adtomobile or other machinery you are using. and be will tell you what brand of M0N-0-00 t or grease you need. THIRD: That you cannot get 100 per cent efficie cy out of your machinery ICC, oils and greases that are inferior or that ere not compounded o meet climatic conditions under which you are operating. MONO -CO Means 100 Per Cent Efficiency in Montana MONTANA OIL COMPANY it=7\° - Siringo then got the tip that Kid Curry had been seen near Grand Junction, Colorado, and he was soon on the trail with a pack horse and saddle horse. On reaching Paradox valley, the home of the notorious Young boys, he found that Curry and another man had passed the place a week before. Following a hot trail he reached the Blue mountains of Utah and found that the outlaws were only a day ahead of him. He also learned that the two train rotators were broke, as they had failed to get any money from their last holdup at Tipton. Siringo followed his quarry to the Colorado river, where be lost the trail In the bad lands. His neat work was to make the acquaintance of a number of accomplices of the Curry gang, who gave him all the details of the Silcox and Tip:on train robberies. He got practically all the secrets of the gang and learned how they had a system of blind post - offices all the way from the Hole -in - the -Wall in Northern Wyoming to Alma in Southern New Mexico, these postotfices being in rocky crevices or on top of round mounds of dirt on the desert. In passing these post - offices members of the \wild bunch\ would look for mail and deposit notes of importance. Also late news of interest would be clipped from newspapers and deposited in the \poetoffice\ by passing members of the gang. The story of Kid Curry's capture is told by Siringo as follows: \During the summer Kid Curry and his gang robbed a Great North- ern train at Wagner, Montana, back RUSSIA POET IS MONTANA VISITOR Nicholas Kerensky, a noted Rua elan poet, and brother of the revo- ultionist, Kerensky, who deposed the Czar and started the revolution in Russia, was recently in Montana on a tour of the United States. He is Shown in the above picture (at the left) with his private secretary. Alexis Strohkhoff, who is accompany- ing him on his travels The poet, Kerensky, Is greatly fascinated with the magnificent mountain scenery in Montana and exPects to spend a part of the summer In Glades park. in their old stamping grounds, se- curing a large sum in new unsigned U. S. government bills, and I found that Curry had been in Rawlins, Wyoming, afterward, where he met Jack R. and Jim H. of the Twenty - mile ranch. My agency was em- ployed to run down the gang again, and of course all the ipformation se- cured by me wag used in tracing the robbers. \Finally during the fall, Kilpat- rick, who was with Kid Curry when I trailed him into the Blue moun- tains, and who helped in the Tipton train holdup, was arrested in St. Louis with Kid Curry's sweetheart. Kid Curry and one of his chums made their getaway, and Curry came dir- ect to Rawlins to dig up some of the stolen Great Northern money which he had cached on the Twenty -mile ranch. He wanted the money to hire lawyers to defend his sweetheart, who had been arrested for passing stolen bills at St. Louis. \Curry only remained in the vicin- ity of Rawlins two days, and then boarded a train for the east. I didn't know of his being there trail two days after he had left. Then two men there told me about it. One of them told me how Curry had seen me in a saloon one evening when he was watching the crowd through a rear door. He singled me out as a suspect, saying I looked too bright and wide-awake for a common round- er. One of his companions convinc- ed him that I was right, but he took no chances of getting acquainted. \But Kid Curry ran up against a live issue in Knoxville, Tenn., where he was arrested after shooting two officers. He finally had a trial in the federal court for passing money stolen in the Great ,Northern hold- up. He was convicted on several counts and was sentenced to the pen for a total of 130 years. \During the trial I was told that my friend, the stockman from the Little Rockies, was on hand with a supply of the long green. The result was that Kid Curry made his getaway from the high sheriff before reach- ing the penitentiary walls and the supposition is that the aforesaid long green and the stockman were the lifting powers which placed the Kid on the smooth road to freedom. . \The sheriff was arrested for lib- erating the Kid, and it was said that he received the sum of $8,000 for being asleep at the proper time. I never heard how this honorable offi- cial got out of the scrape. \Kilpatrick got a sentence of 15 years in the pen, and Kid Curry's sweetheart got a long term, too. Early in the spring another of the bunch, Bill Carver, was killed in Tex- as while trying to escape arrest. \During the four years I had been trailing them the 'wild bunch' had become pretty well scattered. The only two really bad ones who escap- ed, besides Kid Curry, were 'Butch' Casiday and Harry Longbough, the latter once famous as the 'Sundance Kid' of northern Wyoming.\ A Tin Can Contest A theater proprietor of Bozeman admitted children free to his theater for one performance providing they brought a tin can for each year of their lives. Otter prizes were offer- ed by this enterprising man and as a result Bozeman is frhe of tin cans Dynamite Plot Foiled Four sticks of dynamite, thirty feet of coiled copper wire and deton- ating caps were discovered buried un- der the big steel wireless tower at Fort Bliss, Texas. An officer dis- covered the dynamite but no arrests have been made. WOMEN CAN HELP IN WAR SERVICE RECONSTRUCTION AIDES NEED- ED FOR CONVALESCENTS IN MANY HOSPITALS Branch of Service Designed to Help Soldiers Recovering From Wounds and inure.; Successful Applicants Must Pass Physical and Mental Ex- amination. Montana women, who have been unable to get into other branches of active war service can find a new field open in the work of \reconstruc- tion aides.\ \Reconstruction aides\ are women who furnish forms of oc- cupation for convalescent soldiers. The job requires that you be able to keep the convalescent's mind and fingers busy as he recuperates, and successful candidates must know something about basketry, weaving, wood carving, block printing, knit- ting and needlework. There are other requirements too, but those who enter this service are going to be able to do a whole lot toward mak- ing the soldier who is slowly mend- ing from wounds or illness a whole lot happier. Women desirous of en- tering this work can report to Lieut. A. B. Eckerdt at Helena, who Is in charge of enlistments. Successful ap- plicants will be sent to Teachers Col- lege, Columbia University, New York; Franklin Union, Boston, or. some other point for training. Ages and Weights Applicants must be at least 25 years old, citizens of the United States or citizens or subjects of one of the countries allied with the Uni- ted States against Germany. Physi- cal examination will determine the fitness of the applicant. Applicants must not be less than 60 inches nor more than 70 inches in height and weigh not less than 100 nor more than 195 pounds. The applicant will not be eligible for appointment as a reconstruction aide unless she shall have had a high school education or its equivalent. They must have a theoretical knowledge of at least three of the following crafts: What They Must Know Basketry, weaving (hand and bead looms, including simple forms of rugs and mat making); simple wood carving; block printing (paper and textiles); knitting; needlework. Applicants must be prepared to give a practical demonstration of their technique in hand craft before a judge assigned by the °Mee of the surgeon general. Pay for Service The pay of the reconstruction aide is $50 a month while on duty in the, United States; $60 a month when o duty outside the limits of the Unite States. Suitable quarters will provided for the use of the for when on duty in hospitals and an sanitary formation, or when not available, commulation for quarter, and rations will be allowed. Thet may be granted leave of absences 30 days with pay for each calendar year'. A husband snorts around and in - slats on having his own way. But h wife merely has her way and say' nothing about it. When a girl gets to be about 26 and is getting a little shop worn fro trying to land a husband she can te • you that if she were a man eh wouldn't let a snippy thing of 1 fool her the way the snippy thin fools other men. When the Spring Time Comes a Lammin' Along By John B. Hitch, Lewistown.) When the spring time comes • lammin• along so powerful nice and green. And you're mopin' round some gloomy place, sorter holdin` down your spleen, When your liver quite a workin' till your tired digestive plan Turns you yelle r like a punkin that's been growed in sandy lan'; When you're crosser than a woman that's • Burgin' sickly twins, Or a gambler that's been losin' and's a thinkin` of his sins, Then's the very time to change the clime, and quit that doleful scene, When the spring time comes a lammin' along so powerful 'doe and green. When them happy days comes cumpbs' along, and the sunlight's gauzy rays Is a vrritin' colors on the plains like a gorgeous song of praise, When the curlew's screamin' notice that he's got back home again, And the prairie hen nos hid her nest 'mongst the sage brush in the glen; When the grouse has gone to dm:tannin' around up on the mountain side, And darned nigh every Ilvin• thing seems about to bust with pride; Jest belie here'. source of cheer, in a world So bright and clean, And the spring time softly a lammin• along so powerful nice and green. What's the use of buhentatin• round some sad and desolate place, When nature's fairly begwin' for the chance to tint your face With the colors that no art can give, and none but her can fix, For Nature's mighty good, you know, at these renovatin' tricks; And you surely couldn't stay in when the birds is singin` sweet, And the plains is jest a laughin', in their happ‘ness complete; It's so mighty tine we can't repine, and life sur seem, serene, When the wing time comes a lanunin' along so powerful nice and green. When the bunch gra tops Is swaylte in the spring time's lullin• breeze That sweeps on acroet the prairies to brush the mountain trees, And -the wild pea's warm' flowery plumes a tellin• U. to come, _And the cottonwoods and alders, too, has gone to teethe some, We breathe the sweet spring fragrance then, the purest and the best, It's Nature's happy tonic, filled with health and strength and rest; The days jest seem a bonny dream, and the love of life gin. keen, When the spring time conies a lammln' along, so powerful nice and green. • V- L.', • '-14\1 The spring time comes • lanunin' along some time In every life, We may hold it there by kindly acts, and drive it out by strife, And bitterneaa and thoughtless deeds that build a cheerless way, While love and kindness warm the heart to spring heat every day; For spring's jest like • little wedge that God slipped in the year, As • sport of introduction like to the Heaven He's got somewhere, The winds that blow jest seem to know that nothin• e n intervene To keep ol' spring from a lanandn' along so powerful nice and green.

The Sanders County Independent-Ledger (Thompson Falls, Mont.), 28 Nov. 1918, located at <http://montananewspapers.org/lccn/sn86075282/1918-11-28/ed-1/seq-3/>, image provided by MONTANA NEWSPAPERS, Montana Historical Society, Helena, Montana.