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- PORTLAND. OREGON. WEDNESDAY EVENING; AUGUST 6. 1902.
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VOL. I. NO.. 128.
By the Posse and Bleeding; From a Severed Artery, He
Preferred Death By His Own Hand.
(Journal Special Service.)
DAVENPORT, Wuh., Auk. e. Outlaw
Tracy ! dead.
He committed suicide sometime last
night on Lake Creek, near Davenport,
Wash. His body Is bow at Davenport,
where It was brought at a o'clock this
The whole top of Tracy's head la blown
off by a six-shooter, which was found
beside his body In a wheat field.
He found himself hard pressed by the
posse and decided to die by his own
hand, rather (tban be shot by the posse
er taken alive. .
. TRACT LOCATED.
At last night Sheriff Gardner and his
posse found a trace of the outlaw near
the Eddy ranch on Lake Creek. An hour
later one of the posse saw Tracy emerge
from the barn and start across a
Suddenly the outlaw opened, fire on his
pursuers, who he saw at' a glance were
closing In on him.
He shot himself over the left eye, the
bullet from his six-shooter tearing away
the top of his head.
The posse lost sight of him last night,
and on making a search of the wheat
field at daylight found the body.
The news of Tracy's whereabouts was
night, when a boy named Goldfinch sent a
report from Farmer L. B. Eddy that
Tracy was then at the ranch. In fact,
had spent several hours there Tuesday
afternoon, when he compelled Eddy
to feed his horses, sharpen his raz
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or and knife and wait on him generally.
Several hundred armed , men went to
the scene last night and early Jhis
morning with he result that the fugl
tlve'a body was found.
CROWDS VIEW BODY.
The "S'ws of the finding of Tracy s
body this morning spread rapidly In Dav
enport and great crowds thronged
around the Sheriff's office to view It. Xt
was a ghastly slghtr The revolver had
been placed over the left eye, and the bul
let tore away the eye, flesh, frontal bone
and almost the top of his head.
Prom the position of the body found In
the field, It was concluded that Tracy had
sat upon the ground to lire the fatal
shot, as the body had fallen backward,
the legs outstretched.
Death must have been Instantaneous.
The body showed Tracy had l V
bounded by one of the posse. . a clear i
cut rifle bullet wound was found In In?
right thigh, and an artery was severed.
Finding his end near. Tracy ended nl
life by his own hand father than bleed
BODY"GOES TO SEATTLE.
. DAVENPORT, Wash., Aug. C (10 a.
m.) The Sheriff has not yrt decided
where to take the body of Tracy, but It
Is likely, that .he will take It to Seattle,
pending the settlement of the rewards
offered bv both Washington and Oregon.
There are several claimants for the re
wards. REWARD WILL BE PAID.
(Journal Special Service.)
SALEM, Aug. 6. -The news of Trney's
suicide was received with great satisfac
tion. There was, however, general sur
prise at the outlaw's notion, as all be
Heved he would fight to the death. Su
perintendent J. D. Lee says the posse
288 Washington St.
Wednesday; continued warmer,
. . . f , y
- ,. -Bet Washington and Yamhill
should have the reward for the capture
of Tracy promptly, and It ' should be di
vided among the men surrounding him
last night and morning.
t INQUEST OVER TRACY.
DAVENPORT, Aug. 6.-An inquest
was held over the body of Tracy at Da
venport at 2 o'clock. The body will be
hjd there untH Identified by the prison
officials from Salem. t "
TRACY'S LAST FIGHT
The Outlaw Was Surrounded in a
Barn on the Eddy Farm.
(Journal Special Servlce.l
SPOKANE, Wash., Aug. 6. Harry
Trncy killed himself about 11 last night
by firing a bullet through his brain.
j As soon as young UoldAnch broupht
' word to Creston that Tracy was at the
j Eddy farm, a posse of citizens quickly
lea Ior 'Ih.. s(.Hne or ln, out,aw'e la.t ex-
The posse enme upon' Tracy, who was
working at one of his horse In the Eddy
The posse was not more than 50 yards
away, anl ordered the outlaw to surren
der. Trucy stepped behind Eddy and then
behind his hoise. In this manner he got
to the barn and secured hlg rifle. He
darted out of the barn, and for several
hours a running fight followed until
Tracy disappeared In a wheat field.
The posse kept tiring wherever the grain
was seen to move.
Altogether 1.1 shots were discharged,
and one of those struck him In the leg.
HOW TRACY DIED
Details of the Battle That Resulted
in His Death.
(Journal Special Service.)
DAVENPORT. Wash.. Aug. 6.-Harrjr
Tracy died as tragically as he lived. His
love of the spectacular followed him to
the end. and lie must have been calm
even In his last moments as he sat in the
wheat field nursing a wound that' would
have meant his death in the course of
Tracy was brave in the sense that a
cornered i'ir Is brave his life since his
escape from the Oregon penitentiary de
pended upon It. His bravery led to reck
lessness for his personal safety, and bis
worthless life hag paid the penalty.
The long chase after the most noted
outlaw of recent years came to an end
this morning In a rather surprising and
unxpected way when the bandit's body
was found by thu posse, who sur
rounded the Kddy barn last evening.
After the battle witn Tracy about 6
o'clock, he .tied Into a wheat field, and no
more was seen of him after dark. This
morning his trail through the wheat was
taken up by the officers, and they soon
ran upon his body In some tall grass near
l.iu edge of a swamp.
THE BOD FOUND.
The posse heard a shot about 11 last
night, and It was thlg shot that ended
the criminal's career. The officers did
not dare to make an Investigation on ac
count of the darkness.
This morning yhen the body was found
the outlaw still held the revolver with
which he ended his lffe. An examina
tion showed that he had been shot In
the leg, breaking the bone and severing
an artery. He apparently gave ut-fl
hopes of escaping after his leg wee brok
en, and bringing the revolver to his
forehead, nearly blew the top of his
head off. -
THE LUCKY POSSE.
The body Is now fn the hands of offic
ials at Davenport. The posse which came
upon Tracy consisted of C. A. Straub,
Dr. L. a- Lanter, Maurice Smith, Q. J.
Morrlsdn and Prank LUMpgren, ail re
ported so be from Creston. Wash.
Last night they came near to 8. B.
Eddy's ranch where Tracy was reported
to have been resting for two days. --
Upon approaching the farm cautious
ly, they saw Eddy In the ' field cutting
grain, and near the barn was Tracy
The officers asked If the man at the
It was. . Eddy then went to the barn, and
then Tracy say the man hunters.
The posse divided, two taking a po
sition upon a little knoll, while the oth
ers went around to intercept a retreat.
Eddy went to, the barn, where Tracy
asked hlnr who the men were. He was
told they were after him.
Tracy then'' got behind Eddy and his
horse, and protected, in this manner, made
his way Into the barn:
A BURNING FIGHT.
Immediately he reappeared with his
rifles, which he had not been carrylnn
when first seen by the posse, although
he had his revolvers.
A running fire: immediately took place
In which Tracy fired several wild shots
and made off down the valley.
Others fired upon him, but apparently
no shots took effect Until Tracy was par
tially under cover, crouching behind a
large rock. He soon found that this was
not a safe retreat, 'and made for the
wheat field, the posse firing upon him
all the time.
Just as Tracy entered the field he fell
and crawled into the wheat. This led the
officers to believe .that they, had wound
ed him. ' J
After that they aurrounded the field
and waited. They i fired no shots, pre
ferring to wait till they could get a good
In the meantime. Sheriff Gardner, Po
It'.eaian Stauffer and Gommrlg, of Spo
kane; Jack O'Ferrell. of Davenport, and
others came upon the scene.
The only shot fired- by Tracy after
reaching the wheat field was the one
by which he killed himself. None ert-
TRACES MURDEROUS RECORD
In connection with the chase aft-er Tracy, the following compilation of
his movement ;and crimes since escnplng the prison at Salem und In the
long Journey from there to where-the chase ended, near Spokane, is of In
On June 9, 1902, with Convict David Merrill, Tracy escaped from the
Oregon penitentiary at Salem. Here follow the events of his life from that
June 9 Escaped with Merrill frjm SalcMn penitentiary at 7 a. m., killing
Guards S. R. Jones, Frank Ferrell, and D. F. Tiffany and wounding Guard
Frank S. Ingram, and shattering tho leg of a felloe-convict, who died
June 10 Returned In darkness of early morning to Salem, held up J. W.
Roberts, whom he stripped of his clothing, stole a team of horses, and
made his way" with Merrill to Portland. Near Gervuls they held up two
members of the posse In pursuit and took a horse and buggy.
June H Laid a trap for posse and hied on pursuers from -ambush near
June 12 Broke through cdrdon of 250 militia men In the night and made
June 1& In the morning reached Columbia "River and forced Geo. Sun
derland and Walter Burllngame to ferry ihem across, landing live miles
June 17 Heard from at Salmon Creek, where they exchanged shots with
posse, and Tracy wounded Deputy Sheriff Hert Bleacher. At Kldgeneld
they stole two horses and continued their night.
June 2:1 Robbed house of Fat AlcGufre. near La Center, while owner
- was at --ehurehi taking clothus ami caau.
June 25 Robbed house near Kelto. Wash.
June 26-Stole two horses, but on meeting owner dismounted and gave
June 29 Slipped through strong posse guarding roads near Chehalls dur
ing the night.
July 1 Convicts seen on North-rn Pacific at Tenlno, about 39 miles
from Tacoma. Tracy there separated from Morrill, saying later that he
had killed him in a duel. If Tracy killed Merrill the number of his mur
ders Is nine. Riding one horse he had stolen until It was disabled, he Btole
another and passed through Olympla.
July 2 Tracy held up six men .at South Bay. near Ofympia, -and forced
four, including Captain Clark of a gasoline launch, to embark with him.
on Pugct Sound. He told Clark he hud killed Merrill In a duel and that he
never would be taken alive. He landed at night at Seattle and started
toward Clancy's saloon.
July 3 At 2:40 in the afternoon he encountered the advance guard of the
Seatde posse at Bothell, six miles from Scuttle In the battle Deputy Sher
iff Charles Raymond of Snohomish County, was killed, Deputy Sheriff Jack
Williams of Seattle, seriously If not fatally wounded, and Carl Anderson
and Louis Seefrlt, newspaper reporters, wounded. Returning toward Se
attle, in the suburbs of the city, he killed Policeman E. E. Breez and
. totally wounded Nell Rawley, deputy game warden, Rawley died this
July 4 Order was Issued by Governor McBride for two companies of
militia to assist In the hunt for Tracy. The desperate convict was seen on
the railroad track going north from Seattle. He has a large supply of
ammunition, and his aim is so deadly that only a strong posse would dare
attack him. A reward of $5,000 has b'een offered for him. dead or alive.
July 5 Spent the afternoon at heme of Farmer Johnson, near Madison
Point, taking farmer's best suit of black clothes; bound and gagged the
family and started north In a small boat, taking a farm hand by the name
of Anderson, with him as rower. ,
July 9 Tracy holds up.Gerral household' and escapes from posse after
being hard pressed by bloodhounds.
July 10 Tracy holds up the Johnson home near Kent and secures food.
July 11 Tracy,' near Covington, shots exchanged with posse.
July 12 Holds up Prospots' household near Black Diamond. Posse pass
the house while he la there. '
July 13 Tracy attempts to board freight train on grade nar Buckley
to get over Cascades. v '
July 14 "tracy seen rear Enumclaw by a boy. Was. later Bhot at by
posse. , .
July 15 Tracy In Woods about Buckley,- hard pressed by hounds and
posse. Body of Merrill, whom he had murdered, found near Chehalls.
July 16 Tracy holds up Garner family. Makes boy shave him, ..near
July 17 Tracy was supposed to be surrounded In a cabin near Cov
ington. The Sheriff's posse rushed the cabin and fouhd it empty.
July 31 Tracy holds up W. A. Sanders( and family near Wena tehee and
-pends the day. Also holds up blacksmith named Swazey.
August 1 Tracy crosses Columbia at early hour by holding up ferry-,
August 2 Traoy seen bjr camptrs near Almlra, working, toward Idaho.
August 4 Tracy around Odessa; sends note of warning to Sheriff Cudi
liee to give up chase p be killed. , : T"
( . . , August &-Trcy hard pressed by posse about Odessa.
' August 5 Tracy shot in the legby the posse, and on finding escape Im
probable, blows out il brains. 5 ' r .
tered the field last night, as It was grow
ing dark at the time Tracy got Into the
This morning at daylight, his body was
found. He had tied a strap around hia
leg to keep the artery' from bleeding. Ho
had apparently put his revolver just
over the left eye when he fired the fa
One of the Posse Tells of the End
(Journal Special Bervloe.)
SPOKANE. Aug. 6.-One of the posse
telle the following story of the fight:
Harry Tracy the outlaw murderer, who
has been defying the authorities of two
states. Is dead. A hot battle with tho
posse. In which the bandit was severely
and perhaps fatally wounded, was fol
lowed by his suicide.
The cold body of the murderer was
found at an early hour this morning in
a wheat field near the town of Fellows,
on the Central Washington railroad.
When found the dead body of the much
feared convict lay face upwards, while
firmly grasped In his right hand was his
now-famous 30-30 ritle. In his left hand
he clasped a 45 Colts, with which Tracy
had ended his lawless life.
A posse of citizens from Creston will
be given the credit of capturing the des
perado, and will claim the tSOuO reward. -
Yesterday morning young Q. H. Gold-
finch came Into Creston with the news of
Tracy being at the Eddy ranch. The boy
said Tracy had been there at 7.40 Mon
day evening. At this time the posses
were working in another section further
south. Word was spread quickly and a
posse of four citizens quickly made u.
Those In the posse were C. A. Stauh, a
Deputy Sheriff: Dr. E. C. Lanter, Mau
rice Smith, an attorney, and J. J. Mor
rison, "a railway section foreman. The
posse made all possible speed to tho Ed
dy ranch. They came upon L. B. Eddy,
the ptoprletor, who was working in hl
Held. While engaged In conversation
with Eddy a man was seen to come out
of the barn. Eddy informed the hunters
that It was Tracy.
Quickly the party divided, Lanter and
Smith accompanying Eddy a short dis
tance toward the barn, while the other
men went In a different direction.
When Eddy reached the barn Tracy
came out to assist in unharnessing the
team. He carried ho rifle, , but a re
volver. He caught sight of the strangers car
rying rifles and turning sharply, asked
Eddy who they were. Eddy Informed
The men stepped closer and command
ed the outlaw to hold up his tiands.
Tracy jumped behind Eddy, placing
both man and horse between himself and
the men. The hunters commanded Eddy
to lead the horse toward the barn, and
When nearly there Tracy made a dart for
the door, which he reached afely.-
A few minutes later he again ap
peared and carried his 30-30 rifle. Ho
started on a dead run down the valley.
Once he turned and fired a couple of
shots at the posse but with no effect.
The posse kept up a steady fire. Tracy
soon took shelter behind a rock and let
loose a volley on his pursuers. He
saw that his aim was bad, and he made
a dash for the nearby wheat field. He
stumbled on his face as he entered the
field and crawled out of sight. The posss
took a commanding position, and wher
ever the grain was seen to move a shot
was placed. 1
Reinforcements were sent for. and
Sheriff Gardner rushed up with sev
eral men. The field was surrounded,
and the posse walteff Tdi their gajne.
During the evening single Shot was
heard In the field. That was all. This
morning the entire hunting force raided
the field and came upon the lifeless body
of the desperado. His leg had been
broken in the fight and an artery sev
ered from which he would have bled to
death. Tracy had attempted to stop the
flow of blood by binding a strap about
his leg, but this did little good. It is then
thought that, seeing death staring him
In the face, Tracy deliberately took his
life by placing the muzzle of a 45 Colts
close to his head and firing.
RECORD OF OUTLAW
Career of ,the Fugitive Before He
Came to Oregon,
Tracy's career since his arrest and con
victim for burglary In this city Is well
known. He was sent to the Salem peni
tentiary with David Merrill, whom he
killed near Chehalls.
TRACY'S TWO WIVES.
Tracy's family affairs seem to be
Woodard, Clarke & Co.
Now is the season when the
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somewhat mixed up as there are twVfc-
women who claim him for their, husbandV
One is Motile Robinson, half sister Ot
Dave Merrill, who escaped with, Tracy
She lives In Portland. She Is the proper
ly accredited wife of the desperado M
this country, as she Is known to have
been married to him and lived with hlmj
in various towns of the West.
Tho other Is a woman In Chicago, caU
Ing herself Mrs. Minnie Tracy, and claim
ing to have been married to the convict
in 1S9::. She declares that she under
stands that Tracy has since been nan
rietl to another woman but that she hold
her marriage certificate and can prov
her wifehood. It Is believed in Fort
land that the writer from Chicago 14
some girl who Is seeklpg notoriety. In,
tho eVent of Tracy's capture alive Sha
will be communicated with.
TRACY'S RECORD OF JAIL BREAKS!
Harry Tracy's record of Jail breaks
is one which Is extraordinary and ehowa
him to be a dare-devil of the most ven
turesome type while his universal euo
cuss In obtaining arms while in prison
and getting away when the attempt wa
made makes it almost as though Okl
Nick" himself has condescended to
his foster child.. t
ESCAPED FROM DTAH JflBN. ' 1
In 1897 the desperado waa Jfent to thC
Utah penitentiary to servy a term) ol
one year for burglary. Afte two month
in the prison he escaped one morning
with three other convicts. While working
with the other men he enticed the guard)
near him on a pretense of having broke
his shovel. 'Then when the officer ml
too close to operate his short-barreled)
shotgun, Tracy suddenly eovered bin
with a revolver, forced him to exchange
clothes, marched the squad out of Sight
of the prison and fled with the other com
vlcts, none of whom were ever recaptunt
MURDER IN- COLORADO.
On the way across the country In hi'
flight from Utah, Tracy stole a. horse and
buggy and escaped to Colorado,, where ,
he quarreled with a young ranchman
and killed him. ' '
For this crime he, was arrested hf
Colorado ofllceta. and placed in, Jail, but
escaped after beating three guards into '
.insensibility. He was recaptured, hut
escaped again In two weeks, after al
most killing a guard by clubbing hlmt
on the head. From that .time nothing '
further was heard from htm until he be
came notorious in Oregon. . -
THE HOLE-IN-THE-WALL GANO.
Tracy was also wanted In Colorado to .
answer charges of murder, robbery and
horse stealing. He was about to be tried) ;
for the murder of Valentine' Hoye, ar
wealthy cattleman of Routt County, when
he bound and gagged the Sheriff at Aa
pen. Col., obtained his liberty" and left
for Oregon. Tracy was a leader in tha)
onfe notorious "Hole-ln-the-Wall ot!
Powder Springs gang of outlaws, that In
fested the northwestern corner of Routt
the Utah and Wyoming
( Scrlpps-McRae News Assoclatton. 5
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