I'm hoping someone can find some newspaper articles after 1901 that followup or tell the rest of the story pertaining to Fred Hans and or his brother-in-law, Francis Daniels.
Sincerely grateful for any info--
Nebraska State Journal 31 August, 1901-
"STAR IN DANGER"
United States Marshal, T. L. Mathews, has taken official notice of the charges preferred against Fred M. Hans in Harrison County, Iowa in connection with the arrest of Richard Latta for robbing a Northwestern freight car. Hans has for many years held a commission as deputy United States marshal, his appointment being made at the request of the Elkhorn railroad company, which in common with the other railroads operating in the state have secured appointments as United States marshals without compensation for all of their secret service officers regularly employed in that capacity.
When the charges were first preferred in Harrison Co, Iowa against Hans the United States marshal was asked what he intended to do in the premises and said that he would do nothing pending the result of the trial. This morning when the confession of Daniels, filed yesterday in the Iowa County, was published, the marshal said:
"I don't care to have any publicity made of the matter'. For Hans, while regularly appointed United States marshal, has had nothing to do with this office. He was appointed at the request of the railroad company, which takes this method of placing its secret service officers in a position to make immediate arrests when they see a crime committed. Hans draws no salary from the government and the office exercises practically no supervision over him. I intend to go to the headquarters of the railroad this morning and investigate the matter for myself. The opinions of the railroad officials will have considerable weight in the case, but if i find to my satisfaction that the charges brought against Hans are true I will probably revoke his commission and request the railroad to designate some other man for the place. I don't like to be placed in the position of condemning a man without a hearing, but an officer of the United States should be a man whose actions are such that a charge of this kind could not be pressed for twenty-four hours"
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