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Astoria, Oregon, Thursday Morning, August 10, 1882.
A COOL SCOUNDREL-
Tlie Peculiar Manner in -which a
Burglar Cracked a Bank
My profession is not a popular
one. There is considerable preju
dice against it. I don't think my
self it is much worse than a good
many others. However, that's
nothing to do with my story. Some
years ago me and the gentleman
connected with me in business
he's met reversion since then, and
at present isn't able to go out
was looking around for a job, being
at time rather hard up, as you may
say. We struck a small country
town. 1 ain't going to give it away
by telling where it was or what
the nnnie was. There was one
bank there. The president was a
rich old dufler; owned the mills,
owned the bank, owned most of
the town. There wasn't no other
ofliccr but the cashier, and they
had a boy who used to sweep
out. and run errands.
The bank was on the main street,
pretty well up one end of it nice
snug place on the corner of across
street with nothing very near it.
We took out observations and
found there wasn't no trouble at
all about it. There was an old
watchman that walked up and
down the street nights, when he
didn't fall asleep and forget it.
The vault had two doors; the out
side one was chilled iron and had
a three-wheeled combination lock;
the inner wasn't no door at.all:
you could kick it open. It didn't
pretend to be nothing but fire
proof, und it wasn't even that. The
first thing we done, of course, was
to fit a key to the outside door. As
the lock on the outside door was
an old-fashioned Bacon lock, any
gentleman of my profession who
chances to read this article will
know just how easy that job was,
and how we done it. T may say
here that the gentlemen in my
line of business, having at times a
gre.it de.il of leisure on their
hands, do considerable reading,
and are peculiar fond of a neat bit
of writing. Tn fact, in the way of
literature, T have found among 'em
however, this being digression,
T drop it and go on with the main
This was our plan: After the
key was fitted, I was to go into the
m bank, and Jim that wasn't his
name, of course but let it pass
was to keep watch on the outside.
When anyone passed he was to
tip me a whistle, and then J doused
the glim and lay low; after they
got by I goes oti again. Simple
and easy you see. Well, the night
we selected the president happened
io be out of town; gone down to
the city as he often did. I got in
side all right with a slide-lantern,
a breast drill, a steel jimmy, a
bunch of skeleton keys' and a
green baize bag, to stow away the
swag. I fixed my light and rig
ged my breastdrill, and got to work
on the door just over the lock.
Probably a groat many of your
readers are not so well posted as
me about bank locks, and I may
say for them that a three-wheeled
combination lock has three wheels
in it, and a slot in each wheel. In
order to unlock the door, you have
to get the three slots opposite, at
top of the lock. Of course if
you know the number the lock is
set on, you can do this; but if you
don't you have to depend on your
ingenuity. There is in each of
these wheels a small hole, through
which you put a small wire through
the back of the lock when you
change the combination. Now, if
you can bore a hole through the
door, and pick up these wheels by
running a wire through those holes,
wny you can open the door. I
hope! make myself clear. T was
boring the hole. The door was
chilled iren: about the neatest !
stuff 1 ever worked on. I went
on steadv enough; onlv stop-
ped when .Tim which, as I said, '
wasn't his real name whistled on
the outside, and the watchman
toddled bv 13 v and bv, when I'd'
got nrettv near through, J heard !
. . .. ,
.T5m ko tn np.iL- whktle an-uin. I!
stopped, and prctlv soon 1 heard j
...., ,.. . ..j. ...., - --.-,- t
footsteps outside, and I'm blowed
if they didn't come right up the
bank steps, and 1 heard a key in
the lock. 1 was so dumbfounded
when J heard that, that you could
have slipped the bracelets right nn
me. I picked up my lantern and
I'll be hanged if I didn't let the
slide slip down and thrown the
light right onto the door, and there
was the president. Instead of call
ing for help, as 1 thought he
would, he took a s-tep inside the
door and shaded liib eyes with his
hand and looked at me. 1 kuowed 1
ought to knock him down and cut
out,but blessed if 1 could, 1 was that
"Who are you?' says he.
"Who are you?' says 1, think
ing that was an innocent remark, I
as he commenced it, and trying all
the time to collect myself.
"I'm the president of the bank!"
says he, kinder short; "something's
the matter with the lock?"
By George. The idea came to
"Yes, sir,'' says 1, touching my
cap; "Mr. Jennings, he telegraphed
to me this morning as the lock was
out of order and he couldn't got
in, and so 1 come on to open it for
"I told Jennings a week ago,"
says he, "that he ought to get that
lock fixed. "Where is he?5
"lie's been a-writing letters,
and he's gone up to his house to
get another letter for to answer."
"Well, why don't you go right
on," says he.
"I've got almost through, says
1; and I didn't want to finish up
and open the vault till there was
somebody of the bank was here."
"That's very creditable to you,"
says he, "a very proper sentiment,
my man. You can't," he goes on,
coming round by the door, "be too
particular about avoiding the very
suspicion of evil in any one."
"No, sir," says I, kinder modest
"What do you suppose is the
matter of the lock?1 .says he.
"I don't right know, yet." says
I; but 1 rather think it's a little
worn on account of not being oiled
enough. These 'ere locks ought
to be oiled about once a year."
"Well," he says, "you might as
well go right on now, I'm here; 1
will stay till Jennings comes.
Can't I help vou? Hold vour
lantern or something of that
The thought came to me like a
flash, and I turned around and
"How do 1 know you're the
president. "I ain't ever seen vou
afore, and you may be a-trying to
crack this bank, lor all that I
"That's a vei y proper inquiry,
my man," says he, "and shows a
most remarkable degree of dis
cretion. 1 confess I should not
have thought of the position in
which I was placing you. How
ever I can easily convince you
that it is all right. Do "you know
what .the president's name is?"
"Xo, 1 don't," says 1, sorter
"Well, you'll find it out on that
bill," said he, taking a bill out of
his pocket ; "arid you see the. same
name on these letters," and he
took some letters from his coat.
I suppose I ought to have gone
right on, then, but I was beginning
to feel interested in making him
prove who he vrn. and so 1
"You might have got them let-
ters to put up a job on me.:
"loure a very nonest man,
says he, "one among a inousann.:
Don't think I'm at all offended at'
your perMMuuci. -", my g;u
v- . l
lellow, I like it, and he laid msiit
baud on my shoulder. ".Now, :
here," says he, taking a bundle
out of h s pocket, 4,isa package ol
10,000 in bonds. A burglar
wouldn't be apt to carry those
around with him, would he? 1
bought them in the city yesterday
and 1 stopped heie to-night on my
way home to place them in the
vauit, and 1 may add. that your
simple and manly honesty has so
touched me, that I would willing
ly leave them in your hands for
safe keeping. Vou needn't blush
at my praise."
I suppose I did turn setter red
when I see them bonds.
"Are you alisfied now?'' says
1 told him I was thoroughly;
and so I was. So 1 picked up my
drill again, and gave
lantern to hold, o I could see the
door. I heard Jim, as 1 call him,
out side once or twice, and I like
to have burst out laughing, think
ing he must be wondering what
was going on inside. I woiked
away and kept explaining" what I
was trying to do. He was very
much interested in mechanics, he
said, and he knew as was a man
as was up to my business, by the
way 1 went to work. He asked
j me about what wages L got, and
how 1 liked my business, and I
saw he took quite a fancy to me.
1 turned round once in a while
and look at him a sitting up there
as solemn as a biled owl, with my
dark lantern in his blessed hand,
and I'm blamed if T didn't think
I should have to holler right
1 got through the lock pretty
soon and put my wire in and open
ed it. Then he took hold of the
door and opened tho vault.
"I'll put my bonds in," said he,
"and go home. You can lock up,
and wait till Mr. Jennings comes.
I don't supposo you will try to fix
the lock to-night?"
T told him 1 shouldn't, do any
more with it now, as we could get
in before morning.
"Well, I'll bid you good night,
my man," says he, as 1 swung the
door to again.
Just then I heard Jim, byname,
whistle, and I guessed the watch
man was a coming up the street.
"Ah," says T, you might speak
to the watchman, if you see him,
and tell him to keep an extra look
"I will," says he, and we both
went to the front door.
"There conies the watchman up
the street," says he; "watchman,
this man has been fixing the bank
lock, and 1 want you to keep a
sharp lookout to-night. He will
stay here until Mr. Jennings re
turns.' "Good night,, again," says he,
and we shook hands, and he. went
up the street.
1 saw Jim, so-calied, in the
shadow on the other side of tho
street, as I stood on the step with
"Well" says I to the watchman,
"I'll go and pick up my tools and
get ready to go."
1 went back into tho bank, and
it did not take long to th'row the
door open and stuff them bonds
into the bag. There was some
boxes lying around, and a safe as
I should rather have liked to have
tackled, but it seemed like tempt
ing Providence after the luck we'd
had. I looked at mv watch and
see it was a quarter-past twelve
There was an express went through '
at half-past twelve. I tucked my.
tools in tin bag on top" of the
hniuR and walked out of the
iront iloor. 1 lie watchman was
on the steps
"1 don't believe I'll wait for
.lennings, says j
r. i -t t
-i suppose 5
will bo all rurht if 1 irive v
:i vs t
'I wouldn't go very far away
from I he bank," says !.
"No, I won't." says he: "I'll
stay right about Ihmv all night.'
"(lood niirht." savs 1. mid 1
... , .,. , . -, , ;
shook hands witn him. and :u- and J
Jim which wasn't his right name,
you understand took the half
past twelve express, and tiie het
part of that job was, we have
never heard nothing of it to this
It never got into the paper.
(Kxrs: About nino years no I had u child
two years old and almost dead. Tho doctor 1
had attending hcrconld not toll what ailed
her. 1 asKcd him if ho did not think it na-1
worm?. II o said no. However. this did not
satisfy me. as I felt convinced in my own
mind that sho had. I obtained n bottle of
VJEKMIFIIOK (genuine). I pave her a
tcaspoonful in tho morning and another at
night, after which she passed ?evonty-two
worms and was a well child. Since then I
havo never been without it in mv family.
Tho health of my children remained so suod
that l bad neglected watcuiu? tkeir actions
until about threo weeks ajro. when two of
them presented the same sickly appoarance
that Fanny did nino years ago. So I thought
it must bo worm?, and went to work at onco
with n bottle ot IIt. C. .Hrli.V.Vh'S
VEKMlFini: between four of my chil
dren, thoir ages being us follow.-: Alice, S
years: Charley, l years: Kmma. 0 year? :
John. 0 years. Xow comes tbo result: Alice
and feinma oainoontall right, out Charloy
passed forty-five and Johnny about sixty
worms. Tho result was so gratifying that 1
spent two days in showing tho wonderful ef
fect of jour Vormifugo around Utica. r.nd
now havo tho worms on exhibition in my storo.
ioui truly, .lOli.N l'll'KK.
The t-eniiino IK. V. Mel.AXI-rs "Klt
JIIFirK is manufactured only by
Fleming Bros., Pittsburgh.' Pa.,
and bears tho signatures ofC 3IInut and
Klemtnsr ros it n never made in St.
Louis or Wheeling.
Bo suro yon act the eenuine. l'rice i'" eeiiN
In the Whole IliMtory of Medicine
Xo preparation lias ever performed
such marvelous curc, or maintained so
widen reputation, as AvEifs Ciii:i:i:v
Pectokai., which is reconni7.od as the
woi Id's remedy for all diseases of the
throat and lun;.s. Its long-fontiuued
series of wonderful cures in all climates
has made it universally known a a .afe
and reliahlc agent to employ. Against
ordinary oolds. which are tlie forerun
ners of more serious disorders, it acts
speedily and surely, always relieving
suffering, and often saving life. The
protection it affords, by its timely use in
throat and ?het disorders, makes it an
invaluable remedy to be kept always on
hand in every home. Xo person can
afford to be without it, and (IiommvIio
have once used it never will. From
their knowledge of its composition ami !
effecLs, physicians use the ( iii:i:i:v
ri:rroi:.u. cxtcn-ively in their practice,
and clergymen recommend it. It is
absolutely ceitnin in its remedial effects, ;
and will alwavs cure where cures ate j
fei: s.vi.i: r.v all ikai.i:i:s. i
Tho Counl Cinchon was the .Spanish ,
,'iceroj in Peru in liv. The Countess,
lis wile, was prostrated by an "mlermit- j
unt fever, from which she was freed bv
lie use or the native remedy, the IVni-
inn bark. or. as it was called in the
nii!riia'e of the enimtrv. t iniiimiin-i "
tent fever, from which she wa freed bv
tho use or the native remedv. the IVni-
viiui bark. or. as it was called in the
Crateful for her recoverv, m her return
iaiii;iiai; in iuc country, iiiiiiiiinn.
to Europe in irey, she intioduced the S 3E X 3K. 2 S"
remedy in Spain, where it was known .
under various names, until Linmeu.s j'nils. Copper IValls :tnd Iturr,
called it. Cinchona, in honor of tiie ladv ;
wiio had brought them that which was Shelf Hardware ,!Paints and Oils
more precious than the. gold of tholncas. j
To this day. after a lapse of two linn- , Rubber and Hemp Puckinq of all Kinds.
dred and hfly year!, science has given ,
us nothing to take its place. Iteffeclu-i PPnVlclnMC
ally cures a morbid appetite for stimu- rreufiaiunoi
lants. by restoring the natural lone of, rri-re 4ir iutt Ti-'f-'n -
the stomach. It at tacks excessive love ,LO,l A" MiH FI-.I-.D..
of liquor as it doe.-, a fever, ami destroys . .,Miis for S.dcni Flmmnj: Mill-,.
bothalike. I he powerful tonic virtue I
of the Cinchona is pre.sened in Hie . Corner Cheiiaiuns and Hamilton Street
Peruvian Uitters. which are as ell eel hu mviii .nirenv
against malarial fever liwlay as they I AblfJKlA. uiWiO.
were in the days of the old Spanish - - -
Viceroys. We guarantee the ingredi-! TaUp TMfttirp
ents or these bitters to be absolutely . uulb.
SffiySi&'&lSiSSSSK'T'lfelWin Rogers, Central Market,
best bitter in the. world. "The proof of i
tlie pudding is in the eating," and we J Ha received a large invoice or
willingly abide this test. For sale by j
all druggists, grocers and liquor drain, i IJAJtKKLS AND II ALP BARRELS
Onlrr it. I.oeb A' Co-agents nr Astoria.
A Varied Performance.
Many wonder how Parker's (linger
Tonic can perforin such varied cures,
thinking it essence of ginger, ulcjii in
fact it is made from ninny valuable
medicines which act beneficially on
every diseased organ.
Wm. Pfundcr's Oregon IJIood Pu-
noer win jHwitivciy be f...,d a vain -
t.i ....i r !..?. ...
uoic reincuy ior enronic constipation,
nO'ooliiil Irirltinva ilvtiuin,! lit.,. u.n,
,.t . V V! J
flo""l niwimaiiaiii, .iciuiuiH, UIHI nil
inor uweases navmg tneir ongm in
mpuro blood. Slanufactured onlv by
Wm. Pfunder & Co., Portland, Oregon.
...jKing of the Blood
I Is ne: :i "cure nil,'' it i-a blood-piirifh'rand
j tonit. iinjiui.tx of thi liluutliMiboiw 1Ir .
he j Iimii, tli'mnge- tin eirenlatlon. and thus m
I duet-; i:an iHimIir. known by dinVrcut
n:iiit.-s o li'istinnKli llicm according to of
.i fi't'l-. In:! Iii'ins ivnilv bniiichi's or i (havs of
I ih.tl jtrmt iMi'ni- disorder. Impurity of
I Blood. Sw-Ii aie Dtittritsln, UiUioiwnoK,
jt(-x. lie 'iii. n.tch(ichc, Grncrnl Weal;
. Ih'Ut l)i-u''i't'. J)nji. Kidney Df.rtf.
rile. .jii'irtWi-t'ii. atixrrh, enmtia, .v.im
iVniff-j. 'iiiii'l' . I'icrr. Sid Mini-. .If..
v Kisi of tli ICIooil prevents and
can". IfcoM !. :iU:n'kiui; the raue. Impurit)
f tlw liHui. ( litMniK:mtl plUMmnsamre
m c-Mmp a ilifimM genuine and cfllciriit
lr'tt:ir.i:ji-:i for the pr.ruoM'." Sold by DniK-
::Ms. I jut bottle Siv testimonial, direc
tions &'.. hi jMinphlet. "Treatise on i)epaxs
ot tlie r.!.sd." v.mimed around each boitle.
I). UANSO.M. SOX SCo.. l'rojv,
IluttMIo. X. Y.
RQSCOE'S FIRST CLASS
I'HKXAMUS ST1IKKT, ASTOKIA.
F11HK LTNl)Ki:SIfiNKI IS PLEASED TO
innomico to theliniMic that he ha
PI BEST i'li.VSH
lET-cvting House ,
And funiNht'N in fnt-rlas.stIt:
OYSTERS 1KT COFFEE TEA, ETC.
Ladies' and Gent's Oyster Saloon,
Please give me a rail.
ROSCOi; DIXON. Proprietor
JB. B. FKANELTN,
Corner C.iv and SueinonJie .streets.
ASTORIA. - OREGON"!
Drcesm q.Tc1ti g ,
I'luiii itutl Fancy
SEWING OF LL KINDS!
SnP- made in the list it!e fioui
.". to ro.
i . . , ,
A I KS
N-t dwr to WcMon IIhiinc.
Wilson & Fisher,
Iron. Steel. Ccal, Anchors. Chains.
TAR, PITCH, OAKUM,
.',,.. ,,.,..,, .., ..... . "
.OI' I I HAUI.l. l.l.l'
of the boft quality.
And U now ready to supply Butchers Cni.
nenes ami an oiners, cneap ior casii.
X X. JEt K iG JtC
nii.i.Kn in .
JHaj1-, Oats, Straw.
. . n . . -n . . .
! L,mei Bncki Cement and Sand
Wooil Dellvereil lo Order.
Di aying, Teaming and Express Business.
Horses ana Carriages for Hire.
WINES,. LIQUORS AND CIGARS.
PACIFIC MUTUAL LIFE IPURMCE 06MRMY,
A. McKlNNIE. Manager.
For Oregon. Washington and Idaho Terrftorie
errin: 102 fskst stkf.kt. poktxaxd, or.
ni as. nonet-., i.i iiotige. D.ni a io. ji.&. iuuj:-.L.uor &.napD..JWrreiiu.
JAMHSSTliKUCaMiier nr-.t National lianlc'W. W. SPAULULXO, Packer and CaOle
J. A. STKOWr.I.-l.'HSK, Whole-nle Leather Dealer.
and undine. ANDKKW ROBERTS, ctFLsaei & Roberts.
C. A. DOl.t'll. of nclph, BroiKitixli. Dolnh A- JOHN OltAN. ot Joaa QxaAJtCo.
Simou. C. M. Wlbenr. Boots and Shoe-. :'
Col. .!. .WKAKIIN. of .1. MeCrakrn & Co. f JOS. lUti:KHARmi$urKhantta:SfH)4la.
I t. llKNIHClISBN, or Meutidisen & J. li. (JILL, of J. K.U1J1 & Co.JJtsttqaew.
Orrrnuei K- I ITSANK ZANOVICH. of 3aa Jtajlheis.
Dr. U. K. NOTTAOI. M. t)., Examiner and Each or the aboe rapnhas IQ;K lowir-
Phv)Ic!.tn. j ance In this Company. .
OH AS. ll(I):h,i.f Hodge. Dah& Co,
S. ARNDT & FKRCHEN,
ASTORIA". - ORKUO.V
The Pioneer Machine Shop
Boiler Shop 'tSm
All kindi or
Promptly attended to.
A specialty made of repairing
FOOT OK LAFAYKTTK STUEKT.
ASTORIA IRON WORKS.
llKXToySriCKKT, N'KVI.'l I'AItlCKIt IIOL'SK.
ASTOKIA. - UKKCON.
GENERAL HACHIH1STS AND!
LililD ?llljinIlE ljlHrllMiS
Boiler Work, Steamboat Work,
ana tannery yyotk a specialty.
Ofnll OeMeYlotioiis mmle to Order
at Short Xotlre.
A. I. W.ss, Fresident.
John Fox, Superintendent.
WILLIAM ED GAR,
Corner Main and Cfaeuinu SUaeU.
CIGARS AND TOBACCO.
JOSEPH RODCERS A- SON
GENUINE ENGLISH CUTLERY
AND THE GENUINE WOSTENHOUH
ard other EnKliah Cutlery.
FAIRCHILD'S GOLD PENS
lienuiiie meersnaum ripes, etc,
A line stock of
Wntrae aal Jeirelry. 2Iur.zle and
Breeelt Iion.aln Nhot Gnun aut
Rlilen Rovolvcrx, lMntolM.
ALMO A KINK
Assortment or ttino S1TCTACLK.H :uid F.YX
THE DELINQnENT TAX KOLL FOR
tho year 188I,tozether with aAratraut
from the County Court for tho collection of
tho sarup. is In ray hands. Delinquent tax
payers will please settle at once and sax
costs. A. M. TU'OIBLY,
-M.S. HUlIRF.LL.of KnanDtmeiiCo.
P V. UOLDKV,
NOTAKY PUBLIO, -AUCriUXKEU,
K. J. C. SHAFTKH,
PHYMIUtV aHd H . ,
Olllce over Conn's Drag Store.
Q.KM F. PARKER.
ClatNup C'ooAty.a" City f Astrl
Offlce :-Chenamus .street, Y. M.C. A. nail.
J O. VOORTH,
r. S. CnBUMlHsieaer, XUrj rabUr, U
J Ageut lor the Hamburg-Bremen Flwrics.Co.
i uf ilambunr. Oermnnv. and of tne Trav
elers' Life :uid Accident Ins. Co., of Hart
-onicft in Pythian Building. Booms 11, 12.
Tjl D. WIKTOW,
Attorney and Counselor at Law.
rOfllco in l'jth'tan Building. Kooms 11, 12.
ASTOKIA, --- - OREGON.
TAY TUTTIiK. X. .
Kksidknck OverElberson's Bakerj, op
1 Iiwito iiarth & iters' Saloon.
t 4 L.. FUCTOX. M. .
0l I ICF.-Over A. V.AUen'i grocery tom
I Rooms, at the Parker House.
yi P. HICKH.
I ASTORIA, -
' itooius In .Vllen's building up stain, comer
1 of dn and Hqemocqhe streets.
, I Q. A. BOWLBY.
ATl-ORKKT AT LAW.
I ClieuawoH Street. - ASTOKIA. OUIKJOt
ATlARnr AT W.Att'.
May b(, found flt thQ Cw Rwm
i O " 1BAIX CO-
"vi.-, iiinuann, Biutui, lTfta
hohk, liaaiber, Eie.
All Kinds of Oak Lumber. Glass. Bout Ma
Turning and Bracket Work
Steam Mill near Westou hotel. Cor. -,-
t evive and Astor stjeet.
Most Complete Stock in Asttria
Fruits Both Forelm-a aaA BaasraUv
Wines and Liquors
Of Superior Brand.
FOSTER'S CORNER, 0 B ftXDOCK
hue Association of Astoria, Oreron, Has this
day been levied, payable wltata .thirty-diva
front dato at the offlco or the Seerttftry. or
otherwise be decLired delinqswit. T
By order ot the Board ei plrectow.
a. j. MKUl-Blt, Secretary.
jm n f, 2
m W 21 sla
UJ km $ r p ot
kf P P g
Astoria, Angnst 2, 1882
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