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All showings begin at dark, around 8:45 p.m. and 'refreshments are available. Keep reading The Free Press for more movie information. (photo by Margot Porterfield) O In reporting the great stage robbery of 1874, Editor Julian simply titled the story "Daring Robbery" It appeared in four consecutive editions of the West Texas Free Press, consisting of a description of the robbery, tracking down of the sus- pects, and apprehension of the gang leader. Following is the first .installment from the April 11 issue. n Tuesday evening, a most daring outrageous robbery was committed on the passengers of the stage coming from San Antonio to this place, and on the United States mail. About sunset in the evening, when the stage was nearly two miles from this side of the Blanco, three men approached and drawing their six- shooters on the dri- ver, Bill Anderson, well known in this city, ordered him to stop, which he imme- diately did. The stage had on board nine passengers, viz.; Messrs. McLemore, O'Neal, Waters, Brack nridge, Frazier, McDonald, Wells, Munroe and one lady, Mrs. Lloyd. As soon as the stage stopped, all of the passengers were ordered to alight and seat themselves in a row; as none of them had any arms, resis- tance was useless and they obeyed. After seating them- selves, two of the robbers stood before them to give up their money, watches and other valuables. After having collected all they could from the persons of the passengers, they proceeded to cut open and rifle their trunks, taking such articles of value as they could get away with speedily; and lastly came the United States mails; after cutting open the sacks and rifling them of their contents, they left them scattered around, with the exception of one, which Cole Younger, suspected but not accused of the 1874 Stagecoach Robbery, enjoyed a lucrative career a a lecturer on penitent themes after spending 25 years in prison after a failed attempt to rob a bank in Northfield Missouri. they took away with them. After this they proceeded to cut the horses loose from the stage, and rode off, leaving the bewildered and frightened passengers to proceed on their journey as best they could. The driver returned to the nearest stand, about three miles back (Joseph Vances) and getting fresh horses proceeded on his way about daylight Wednesday moming. No violence was offered to any passengers, and they all conceded that the robbers went to work like men who knew their business. The amount taken from passengers was about $2,500 in United States curren- cy and four gold watches. As soon as the Legislature met yesterday, a joint resolu- tion was passed authorizing the Governor to offer a reward of $3,000 for the apprehen- sion of the robbers; to this Mr. Callahan, United States mail agent, offers $3,000 more, and Mr. Sam T. Scott, the efficient manager of the stage line, and the senior partner Of S.T. Scott & Co added $1,000 more, making $7,000 in all, offered for the apprehension of the robbers. At dark last night parties left here in pursuit of the robbers, and we trust this most dar- ing and outrageous crime may be ferreted out." The second installment of the story on the great robbery of 1874 appeared in the April 18, 1874 issue of the West Texas Free Press. We published last week from the Austin Statesman an account of this outra- geous affair. We should have stated that it occurred about seven miles from this place. The Mr. Vance spoken of by the Statesman would have been, we presume, Nance. The Austin Gazette subsequently gave a fuller account of the matter, which as it appears to be authentic we copy below: They rushed up to the coach with drawn six-shooters. The one who appeared to be the leader said there was a man in the coach they wanted and they were bound to have him. They asked if the passengers were armed and were answered in the negative. They ordered the driver to turn out of the road and he drove off to the left some two hundred and fifty yards, where the passengers were ordered to dismount. They sat down length-wise with the coach and while two of the desperados kept their pistols leveled on them, the chief robber passed behind and turning their pockets inside out possessed himself of all their valuables. He then mounted the stage, threw out the mails and ripping them open in search of the money but the operation being somewhat tedious he went for the trunks of the travelers, broke them open and possessed himself of all they con- tained. The robbers then cut loose the horses from the stage, transferred their saddles to them and galloped off leaving their own horses. They let loose one of the horses rand he was found about a half mile dis- tant. The passengers sent back the driver to Blanco station for fresh horses and the stage reached Aus'tin yesterday morning at five o'clock. The entire operation lasted about an hour. The robbers evidently expected to possess themselves of valu- able express packages but were happily disappointed. Following are them names of passen- gers and the property stolen from: Mr. Fraser, teller of San Antonio National Bank, $1,000 in currency taken from his trunk, belonging to Mr. G.W. Breckenridge, President SAN Bank and $40 from his pockets. His watch he saved by throwing it in the grass. Mr. J.W. Breckenridge, gold watch and small change. Mr. Nette, Druggist, San Antonio, from $70 to $80. Mrs. Lloyd, of St. Paul, Minn $50. Mr. M. McLemore, San Antonio $100 in curren- Contrary to news reports from Austin reporters and law enforcement, many locals attributed the robbery of 1874, in part, to the Younger brothers -- Cole Younger on the left, and Jim Younger on the right. The brothers were seen by ranch hand Herman Blum on the property of Col. R.J. Sledge in the Kyle area, and were notorious outlaws, and were also comrades of outlaw Jim Reed who was eventually identified as one of the stagecoach robbers of 1874. The crimes the Youngers have committed have reached mythical proportions, but history books do not reveal how bad these men really were. cy and two gold watches, were entirely at the mercy of the thieves. Mr. Wells of Fort Concho, $50. Two We understand that active measures discharged federal soldiers, $700. A will be immediately talren to arrest the young German man who got into the thieves and a full description of their per- stage at San Marcos, $27. sons published together with a large One of the passengers was armed with reward for their apprehension. a small derringer. He had a large pistol in his trunk which was not available so they Stagecoach Robbery of 1874, pg. 9