NW-Mailing-List Digest, Vol 48, Issue 23

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Sat Oct 17 10:21:03 EDT 2009

Gentlemen, Sam and Gordon and others:

I wonder ....... COULD this tale have been the origin at least of the
name for those Keystone Cops early movies? I wonder and Sam and
Gordon, you may have hit on something here. Speculation and perhaps
even wild Spec but still ..... maybe?

On the subject of movies, I'm surprised no one has made a crack about
the involvement in this mail theft of the Keystone Cops.

Gordon Hamilton

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 Subject: Re: N&W in 1910--Mail robbery

 Sounds like Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid meet O Brother, Where Art Thou!

 Sam Putney

 Bluefield Daily Telegraph
   March 30, 1910
Man Alleged to Have Been a Partner of Kentucky Joe is Under Arrest At Keystone

The Keystone police have a man named Thurman Givens under arrest on
suspicion of knowing something about the stealing of a mail sack from
the mail crane at Eckman on the night of February 26th. The man denies
that he had anything to do with the robbery and rifling of the sack
but admits that he was asleep in a coke oven nearby the night the
robbery occurred. When arrested he gave his name as Sam Spaulding, but
since that time it has been found that he also goes under the name of
Jack Perdue, although Givens is his correct name.  He is alleged to
have been a partner of Kentucky Joe, who was arrested in the west end
yards about a year ago and who was a notorious postoffice robber.  He
also, it is said, was a pal of Fatty Dorn, who admitted robbing the
postoffice at Tip Top. Red Cunningham, who was also arrested at that
time, has been seen in and around Keystone since the rifling of the
mail sack, and on account of his former connections with the
postoffice robberies it is believed that he had a hand in the matter.
Cunningham has also made several attempts to see Givens while he has
been in jail.  Kentucky Joe, it will be remembered, was one of a gang
which held out at Meg Lowe's at Tazewell, and Kentucky Joe was the
only one of that bunch who got away.  He came to this city where he
was picked up by Officer Howell and Special Officer A. M. Wade.  He is
now serving time in the federal prison at Atlanta. The mail sack which
was robbed at Eckman was hanging on the crane where it was placed by
the postmaster. No. 16 was an hour and three-quarters late that night
and while no one was around the sack was stolen, rifled and the
letters and sack cut up and thrown in the Elkhorn creek.
 [The names of these people sound like characters from a Damon Runyon novel.]

 Gordon Hamilton

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