Horrid Murder and Heavy Robbery.
Our usually quiet city was startled last Tuesday by one of the most cold-
blooded murders, and heavy robberies on record. It appears that in the
afternoon some ten or twelve persons rode into town, and two of them went into
the Clay County Savings Bank, and asked the Clerk (Mr. Wm. Bird) to change a
ten dollar bill, and as he started to do so, they drew their revolvers on him
and his father, Mr. Greenup Bird, the Cashier, and made them stand quiet while
they proceeded to rob the Bank. After having obtained what they supposed was
all, they put the Clerk and Cashier in the vault, and no doubt thought they had
locked the door, and went out with their stolen treasure, mounted their horses
and were joined by the balance of their gang, and commenced shooting. Mr. S.H.
Holmes had two shots fired at him, and young Geo. Wymore, (son of Wm. H.
Wymore, aged about 19 years,) one of the most peaceable and promising young men
in the county, was shot and killed standing on the opposite side of the street
at the corner of the old Green House. The killing was a deliberate murder,
without any provocation whatever, for young Mr. Wymore, nor none of the
citizens of town, previous to the shooting, knew anything of what had taken
place. Indeed so quiet had the matter been managed, if the robbers had
succeeded in locking the Bank vault on the Clerk and Cashier, and had retired
quietly, it would likely have been some time before the robbery would have been
The town was soon all excitement, and as many as could procure arms and horses
went in pursuit, but up to this writing nothing is known of the result. Our
citizens exhibited a commendable willingness to do all they could to assist in
the capture of the robbers and their booty.
Thus has our city and people been grossly outraged by a band of thieves and
murderers, and that too, when the people thought they were in possession of
permanent peace; and a worthy young man murdered, one of our most successful
and ably managed monied institutions, and many private individuals, have been
heavy losers. We hope to God, the villains may be overhauled, and brought to
the end of a rope. Indeed we cannot believe they will escape.
The murderers and robbers are believed by many citizens, and the officers of
the Bank, to be a gang of old bushwhacking desperadoes who stay mostly in
Jackson county. But it makes no difference who they are, or what they claim to
be, they should be swung up in the most summary manner. Robbing and murdering
must be stopped, and if it requires severe medicine to do it, so be it.
Desperate cases require desperate remedies; and we believe our people are in a
humor to make short work of such characters in the future. The people of Clay
county want peace and safety and they are going to have it.
The robbers obtained about %60,000 in gold, currency, and 7:30 U.S. bonds;
about $45,000 of the amount was in 7:30’s.
It is true, that “locking the stable after the horse is stolen,” will not do
much good in this case, but may serve to prevent a repetition of a like scene.
We are in favor of a thorough organization of the people, and the keeping of a
sufficient quantity of arms, ammunition, &c., at convenient points to enable
the people at a moment’s notice, to pursue and kill all violators of the law.
The want of arms was manifest here on Tuesday last; but few could be raised,
and they mostly out of repair.
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