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1918: JEROME; Horace Harrison Murdered, September 23, Part 3.


"With a dozen posses in the field in search of the murderers of Horace Harrison, chief guard for the United Verde Copper Company, reports from the various groups up to a late hour last night bore no hope of their apprehension."

"When the Jerome officers, returning from their encounter with the Mexican, Acero, were informed of the slaying of Harrison, they immediately telephoned the news to the sheriff's office here. Shortly thereafter Under Sheriff J. H. Robinson, with all available local deputies, departed for Jerome by auto, leaving here at 2 a.m."

Later in the day, after receiving more complete reports from Jerome, Sheriff Joe Young headed another posse going to Jerome Junction, from which point it was intended to work toward Jerome, forming a juncture with the posses leaving the mining town. Two other posses, under the direction of Deputies Roy Young and O. F. Hicks, also took the field, Hicks going to Davis siding, on the narrow guage, while Roy Young headed for the Yeager Canyon country."

"In the meantime Indian trailers and posses from Jerome were following the trail left by the fleeing Mexicans, who, after the killing of Harrison, made their way toward Jerome Junction along the line of the narrow guage railroad."

"POSSES ON TRAIL: This trail, made easily discernible by the fact that one of the Mexicans was wearing a pair of No. 8 hobnailed boots, the nails of which left a clear imprint, was followed for several miles out of Jerome to a point where the slayers left the railroad and cut into the hills in the general direction of Clarkdale. At this place it became evident that the Mexicans had divided their party, each going in a different direction, but the trails, so far as they could be followed in the rocky country, trending toward the smelter city."

"The various posses then began a systematic combing of the hills, guards being left to watch the various outlets from the district, but it is feared that the Mexicans, with the hours of darkness favoring them, may be able to make their way into Clarkdale and Cottonwood, there to lose themselves among their countrymen, as no information as to their identity has as yet been obtained."

"Aroused to action by this latest outbreak of the lawless element in the mining district, following closely on the heels of the slaying of James R. Lowry and J. W. Mullican, there was a gathering of local citizens and district captains of the previously organized Home Guards at the City Hall yesterday morning, at which time a general meeting was called for 3 o'clock in the afternoon to devise ways and means for perfecting a permanent organization of patriotic citizens to work in conjunction with the city and county officials in breaking up what is evidently a well-organized attempt to rouse the Mexican element to deeds of outlawry."

"CRIMES ARE CO-RELATED: That these crimes which have led to the deaths of five men and the wounding of several others within a comparatively brief span of time, are the outgrowth, not of personal grievances or individual lawlessness, but of a systematic inflaming of the Mexican element against consistituted authority, seemed to be the consensus of opinion among those present at the afternoon meeting who have closely followed the chain of events culminating in yesterday's affray."

"From information gathered from federal sources; from county officers and police officials; from the ranks of the traitorous element itself, conveyed by informants who have sickened of the plottings but fear to tell all they know, and from a co-relation of events incidental in themselves but in mass furnishing substantial evidence, has come conclusive proof that a well-organized, well-financed movement, fostered by pro-German propagandists, defeatists and the Hun-loving 'Wobblies,' is at work in Yavapai county, having for its object the embarrassment, insofar as possible, of the government's war aims."

"As all is grist that comes to a German propagandist's mill, any outbreak that would interfere with the production of copper, or result in the lowering of the morale of the home people, or seem to set at naught the police powers and authority of the officials, would be deemed a stroke for the Kaiser. Could they succeed in bringing about an outbreak that could be construed as resistance of the authorities having in charge the present draft measures, this would be hailed by the propagandists, and doubtless transmitted, broadcast among the neutral nations and the U. S. Allies, as 'proof' that American citizens were rebelling against the draft and the continuance of the war."

"This county is not alone in having this treacherous element in its midst; other sections of the state and other portions of the country, where conditions seem favorable, are having similar experiences, but it is decidedly up to the loyal citizens to put an end to the machinations of this element in this locality, and it was with this determination that Mayor Harry Heap called yesterday's meeting to order."

"RE-ORGANIZING HOME GUARDS: Some of those present favored calling upon the governor for troops to be stationed in the Jerome district; others thought the formation of a well-organized and well-armed Home Guard, to co-operate with the officials in time of need, would better serve the interests of the community, and a committee of five, representing each of the five districts into which the city has been theoretically divided for purposes of organization, was finally appointed by the mayor to perfect plans, secure trustworthy membership and select a commander-in-chief."

"Later this committee decided upon Chief of Police Bert Bloom as the commanding officer within the city, the chief and the Home Guard to co-operate with the sheriff's office at any time their services can be of use. The committee and the chief will also work out detailed plans for calling out the guard; meeting places will be arranged, the members properly armed and sworn in as peace officers, and every effort made, it is declared, to keep the organization ready to meet any emergency call."

(Weekly Journal Miner; Prescott; Wednesday, September 25, 1918; page 1, columns 5-6, from Tuesday's Daily.)


"For the purpose of investigating conditions in Jeome and determining if the situation disclosed by the tragedies of Sunday night requires the presence of troops here, Lieutenant Colonel George W. Beiglar of the First Cavalry, stationed at Douglas, arrived here last night. He expects to remain two or three days."

"Today Colonel Beiglar is interviewing everyone who can possibly throw any light on the question. He is endeavoring to determine if the murder of Horace Harrison and the gun play down town, which resulted in the killing of Gabriel Acero after he had wounded Deputy U. S. Marshal Harry Carlson and Marshal J. G. Crowley, were detached incidents or had some connection with the alleged plan of old-country Mexicans to 'start something' in Jerome. It appears that the rumors of a planned Mexican uprising in Jerome have received more attention in other parts of the state than they have here."

"Naturally, Colonel Beiglar will not form any definite opinion until his investigation is completed and what that opinion is may not be announced till after he reports to the war department."

(Verde Copper News; Jerome; Wednesday, September 25, 1918; page 1, column 5.)

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