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Page 4 Wednesday, April 20, 2016 Burnet Bulletin Burnet, Texas ommentary Editorial Cartoons Train robber learns After serving six years in the Montana state penitentiary, a train robber from Texas walked out of prison on Apr. 21, 1901 a free man - free to resume a life of crime. Orland Camillo Hanks was born in DeWitt County during the Civil War and grew up around Yorktown. Little is known about his child- hood and adolescence other than he preferred the initials O.C. to the tongue-twister of a name his parents two had earned memorable nick- names -- Harry Longabaugh, the famous Sundance Kid, and Harvey thing from long prison stretch him with the combination, a big lie he Northern Pacific effectively canceled the wilderness wonderland soon to Bartee told convincingly, the chase by announcing it would no become Glacier National Park, an That made sense to the bandits, longer pay the posse's expenses exhausted O.C. Hanks surrendered Haile who did not bother to blow the safe, Marshal Jackson went on alone and without a struggle. His companion even though they had brought along gradually closed the gap. once again eluded capture only to be -------------plenty of dynamite, or search the ex- At a small settlement 175 miles shot and killed by a sheepherder Texas press car. northwest of the crime site, heThe deathbed declaration of his historian Instead, the foursome looted the learned the fugitives had purchased talkative accomplice and the testimo- passenger cars relieving travelers of supplies and played poker with the ny of a guide paid to lead the gang their cash and valuables. According local deputy sheriff. From all indi- through the Rockies were enough to to the victims, not a single person cations, they had long ceased looking convict Hanks of manslaughter. With was harmed by the laid-back high- over their shoulders, time off for good behavior, he served gaye him. Hanks was a year or two out of Logan, another member of the Hole- waymen, who broke the tension by The federal bloodhound caught six years and four months of a 10- in-the-Wall Gang better known as cracking jokes, up with the train robbers on Oct. 2 yearterm. his teens, when he hired on with a ..... If the gang was disappointed by near the Blackfoot Indian Agency. The ex-convict did not have to long'distance cattle drive from the laT erU e notolli-owhat m-d,= O o the take, a few hundred dollars and a Thirty Blackfoot police and several think twice before accepting Harvey Rio-Grande Valley to the Montana Hanks '2" lais"l'uek'a bi -time crime" sackful of cheap jewelry, they did not civilians responded to his request for "Kid Curry" Logan's invitation to a Territory He would not see Texas .. try , , g- .. " show it The outlaws rode off into the reinforcements, and the next morning train robbery three months after his " wmney may nave oeen me mouve or . " . ........ again for more than 20 years ........... night laughing and shooting their six- they attacked the cabin containing release Taking his share of $40,000 ..... " mayt)e ne was S~CK ana nrea oioelng ........... : ....... boon after reaching Montana, ,,, , guns in celebration tlae sleeping outlaws After a gun- in unslgnea oar~ notes, ne nlgn- . a saame-sore cowpuncner . . . " " . Hanks started calhng himself Char- ~. . . 7 . . But their timing could not have battle that left one vigilante dead, the tailed it out of Montana and went on "~- 1 " tour masKea men stoppea an(] ............... ey Jones - ............ oeen worse lraln rotmery was t)aa gang neo on mot a wild cross-country spendmg spree ooaraea me ormern raclnc express . . " . . " . " He also went by the name Charles ......... im" r M n" pubhclty for a brand-new state trymg With a fresh posse, Marshal Jack- Hanks ended up back in Texas af- '. . zOmlleseast OilSlg i oe, o tana ....... Kinkald and, because of a hearing .............. hard to hve down its Wild West repu- son tracked the desperadoes through ter a nm-m with the law in Nashville. . . on me nlgm olAug, zo, 15yo ....... lmpamnent, Deaf Charlle Those ..., tatlon The culprits had to be brought the snow In the second shoot-out in One mght in April 1902, a San . " i ne express car messenger . ". " .... ahases sugge~ that~Jl~e, ~o~/t/a~y, _.~.,_.t,~...~ ........... : .... ._- ~._a~ ~ JU~,t~c~ ~n,(1 f~st. 24 hou!'~, one bandit was killed and Antonio mad~ called the sheriff to Lone Star~c~lt~.,he.;~.,~.s ~g w~0~,:., ~,~h~Ama~r, leoe~ ~ew~ in~.hi~ ........... ~rJcgg,~coIll-al)( shenffs pooled,~he~?, another mortally wounded.., rertmve a b~!hgerent, d~ from the, roan back home. .................... c .... ,~Aili~_~idn~ ni,,~7~ h~fnr,= ,ni,~,~k- reso~ces alad w~th a combmed posse The dyang man blamed the mur-..prem ses, ~ela O.C. H~s res>lsted ' Fromi:,th~ im:d~l~880]~i, tm~rwell:,i ~,,,, gtl~i~i' :. i ~'~).".~:,~ ~ii ~ff:13~:n~etuding U.S. Marshal Samu- der of ~the posseman on the Texan arrest, he was shot dead on the spot. into the next decade, Hanks wan- "-~' ........ el Jackson, were hot on the outlaws' "Charley Jones," who had escapedBartee's three books and "Best of When the robbers ordered him to dered from ranch to ranch across Montana. Many of his fellow cow- boys were common criminals, but open the safe, the messenger pleaded ignorance. The railroad did not trust trail within 36 hours, into the mountains with the fourth However, when five days of hard gang member. riding failed to gain any ground, the Four days later on the edge of files charges naming Paxton in Servergy case AUSTIN -- Texas Attorney Gen- eral Ken Paxton is facing civil fraud charges filed by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. Paxton was named in charges filed April 11 against Servergy Inc., a McKinney-based technology com- pany incorporated in Nevada, and its founder and former chief executive officer William E. Mapp III. The federal regulatory agen- cy's 26-page complaint contains the charges alleging "the boosting of stock sales with false claims about a supposedly revolutionary comput- er server and big-name customers purportedly placing orders to buy it" from November 2009 through Sep- tember 2013, a period during which Servergy raised some $26 million in private securities. Paxton, a former member of the company's board of directors, is also named as a defendant in the com- plaint. The SEC alleges that Paxton, while serving as a member of the Texas Legislature in 2011: Reached an agreement with Mapp to promote Servergy to pro- spective investors in return for shares of Servergy stock; and Raised $840,000 in investor funds for Servergy and received 100,000 shares of stock in return; and - Failed to disclose his commis- sions to prospective investors while recruiting them. The case, styled as SEC v, Mapp, et al., was filed in the U.S. District Capital Highlights Sterling Texas Press Association Court for the Eastem District of Tex- as, Sherman Division. In its complaint, the SEC also notes that on July 28, 2015, a Collin County grand jury indicted Paxton on two counts of first-degree state securities fraud and one third-degree felony count for failing to register as an investment adviser representative for the same conduct underlying a disciplinary order by the Texas State Securities Board. That indictment is pending, New leaders named Texas Health and Human Ser- vices Executive Commissioner Chris Traylor onApril 11 announced retired Texas Ranger Chief Henry "Hank" Whitman as his choice to be the next head of the state Department of Fam- ily and Protective Services. Whitman has more than 34 years of law enforcement experience, including 22 years with the Tex- as Rangers. Joining Whitman will be Kristene Blackstone as assistant commissioner for Child Protective Services. The new leadership team, Tray- lor said, will provide new direction, clear goals and high accountability to ensure the agency's core mission remains keeping Texas children safe. The Child Protective Services divi- sion is challenged with managing caseload growth and in improving employee retention. Sales tax holiday is set Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar on April 13 promoted the April 23- 25 Emergency Preparation S~applies Sales Tax Holiday. "The severe weather, fire and flooding we had last year provided a stark reminder that Texans should be prepared for any emergency," Hegar said. "This tax holiday allows people to save money while ensuring they have the supplies they need if disas- ter strikes." During the three-day holiday, no tax will be charged on items such as: - Batteries, fuel containers and flashlights priced at less than $75; - Hurricane shutters and emer- gency ladders priced at [ess than $300; and - Portable generators priced at less than $3,000 Examples of purchases that do not qualify for the tax break include: - Batteries for automobiles, boats and other motorized vehicles; - Camping stoves and camping supplies;and - Chainsaws. Zone dangers recognized The Texas Department of Trans- portation, in observing National Work Zone Awareness Week, April 11-15, urged drivers to slow down, pay attention and be extra cautious -- especially when transiting high- way work zones. In 2015, 138 people died in 21,886 work zone crashes in Texas, an increase of 13 percent over the previous year, and the top two causes of those crashes were speeding and driver inattention, the agency stated "People often think work zone crashes result in the deaths of road- side workers, but last year, 81 percent of these fatalities were motorists. Work zones require complete atten- tion and strict adherence to posted traff~c signs. For the sake of every- one working in and traveling through work zones, we urge drivers to be extremely careful and responsible so everyone can arrive home safely to their loved ones," said TxDOT Exec- utive Director James Bass. TxDOT noted that with the state's population continuing to boom, "the price of progress can mean more than 2,500 active TxDOT work zones at any given time." By law, drivers are required to move over or slow down when approaching work crews, emer- gency vehicles or tow trucks stopped on the roadside or shoulder with flashing blue or amber lights. Traf- fic fines in work zones double when workers are present and can cost up to $2,000 This Week in Texas History" column collections are available for pur- chase at barteehaile.com. Burnet lletin Serving Burnet County Since 1873 220 South Main Burnet, TX 78611 The Burnet Bulletin is published weekly by Highland Lakes Newspapers. Periodicals postage paid at Burnet, TX, 78611; USPS 080-000. ISSN 1084-5410. Combined with the Marble Falls Messenger and Bertram Enterprise. Member of Texas Press Association and South Texas Press Association. POSTMASTER Send address changes to: The Burnet Bulletin P. O. Box 1000 Marble Falls, Texas 78654 Corrections The Bulletin will gladly correct any error found in the newspaper. 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