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Arkansas Gazette Newspaper:~~~~~~~~~
April 26, 1893
Frightful Sequence to a Strike in Progress at the Eureka Mines, in Johnson
Pit Boss George Ingle Waylaid and Killed Without a Warning - Capture of the
Two Alleged Assassins By a Posse, Assisted by Bloodhounds
A terrible murder was committed in Johnson County Sunday night, the details
of which are given in the Fort Smith Times of April 25 as follows:
A COLD-BLOODED CRIME
News reached this city last night of a murder, the planning and execution of
which shows a degree of deliberate cold-bloodedness only equaled by the
famous Molly Maguires, who but a few years ago terrorized the whole mining
district of Pennsylvania and almost paralyzed the entire coal industry of
The particulars of this cruel crime are at this writing very meager, but
from the information received it seems that the Eureka mines owned by
Stiewell Bros., and situated at Spadra, Ark. , have for the past five weeks
been having trouble with their men, and the miners, while waiting for
settlement of the differences between themselves and their employers,
organized and endeavored to carry in effect a boycott against the mines.
One of the methods used to prevent the mine owners from getting labor to
replace that of the boy cotters, was to post in conspicuous places notices
warning all miners and laborers that a strike was on at the mine and that it
would be dangerous for new men to accept employment during the progress of
the strike. As fast as these warnings were posted they would disappear,
until the miners roused to a frenzy of rage, publicly announced that the
first man found tearing them down would be killed on the spot.
The miners, however, never discovered who it was that was interfering with
their plans, but suspicion rested very strongly on Pit Boss Ingle, a quiet,
faithful, inoffensive man, who, during the whole trouble, had remained
strongly loyal to those for whom he was working, and last night while he was
taking a quiet walk to the railroad depot, a pistol shot was suddenly heard
and Ingle fell dead.
Search was immediately instituted, and the pistol found still smoking from
its terrible work. Word was at once sent to the Sheriff of Johnson county,
who shortly afterward arrived upon the scene, bringing with him two
bloodhounds. The dogs were put upon the track and at daylight had run to
earth two of the men, to whom all the indications point as being guilty of
the bloody crime. The names of the captured men could not be learned last
night, but the authorities seem positive that they have the right parties
and have them safely locked in the County Jail at Clarksville.
George was born May 26, 1834 and is buried at Hays Chapel Cemetery near
Clarksville, Johnson County, Arkansas.
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