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   Abilene Reporter-News, The (Newspaper) - April 16, 1954, Abilene, Texas                               FAIR EVENING FINAL "WITHOUT OR WITH OFFENSE TO FRIENDS OR FOES WE SKETCH YOUR WORLD EXACTLY AS IT VOL. LXXIH, No. 304 Associated Pros (AP) ABILENE, TEXAS, FRIDAY EVENING, APRIL PAGES IN TWO SECTIONS PRICE DAILY 5c, SUNDAY I0c TRYING FOR V. Davis of 1718 Mc- Cracken St. found the right size chapeau early on straw hat day. His big problem was deciding which color and model. Whether to get a business hat for Abilene wear or a sports model for a Boy Scout outing was also a problem for Dav- is. He was to leave as one of the sponsors on a Scout trip right after he tried on the hats. (Staff photo by Dave Brum- beau) NEAR RANGER Officer Shot While Seeking Rustlers EASTLAND, April 16 A. C. Yaeger. 48, special officer for the West Texas Ranchers Association, Is in Eastland Memorial Hospital with a bullet wound in his left there, he thinks, by a would-be cattle rustler. One of seven or eight shots from rifle fired out of the dark hit Yaeger about 10 p.m. Thursday night.' Yaeger emptied his Colt to- ward the spot he saw rifle fire. He doesn't know whether he hit the other fefibw, but he did hear him holler. The gun battle took place on U. S. Highway 80 about five miles east of Ranger, near the foot of a steep hill. Dozens of peace officers from this and surrounding counties combed the area of the fight last night and this morning, but as yet no definite clues as to the sup- posed gunman-rustler have been announced. Yaeger, speaking over a tele- phone installed in his hospital room, gave this account of the affair to The Heporter-News Fri- day morning: "I was coming home to Eastland last night from Palo Pinto County when I met a pickup driving slow- ly about 10 miles an hour... along U.S. 80." Ranchers in the area have been having trouble lately with rustlers shooting cattle, often just cutting off hind quarters arid leaving the rest Yaeger's job is to help halt such. "I wondered about the slow-mov- ing pickup. Didn't get close enough to it to get the license number, but It was a black Chevrolet, '49 or '50 model, with cattle frames on it." Yaeger stopped to turn around and follow the truck. Traffic was heavy and he was delayed. He saw the pickup stop and a man with a rifle hop out and cross the fence over into the John Kobison pasture. The pickup moved up and stopped about GOO or 800 yards away. Yaeger stopped his car about he saw the man go into the pasture on the south side of the highway. He flashed his spot- light around, but couldn't pick him up in the light. So he got out of his car. "For some reason. I don't know why, I walked in front of head- lights. I oughtn't to have done it. This fellow opened up with his rifle." Yaeger dodged back out of the light and started firing in the di- rection of the rifle fire. Fifth shot he fired, he heard the man yell. He had another bul- let left, so he fired it for good measure. Meantime, seven or eight rifle bullets whistled by Yaeger. Three or four left holes in his trouser legs. Only one hit him, that just above his left hip joint. It missed bones and vital organs and went right on through. His gun empty, Yaeger ran around behind the car and to the right door. He opened the door to reach under the seat for more am- munition. Pain hit him and he dis- covered his side was sticky. He got a small flashlight arid flashed it on his side. His clothing was bloody. He radioed Ranger to get a doc- tor to meet him at the Eastland hospital and "flew right here." NEW PUSH? Red Troops Sent Info Trenches HANOI, Indochina 
                            

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