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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - August 12, 1920, Lethbridge, Alberta I VOLUME XIIL LETTHBRIDGE, ALBERTA. THURSDAY, AUGUST 12, 1920 NUMBER 208 Locomotive Searchlight Located Bandit on Right of Way at Pincher City HERALD REPORTER GETS INSIDE STORY OF BASSOFFS ESCAPE AND CAPTURE WAS IN PINCHER WITHIN HOUR AFTERBASSOFF WAS TAKEN AND GETS EXCLUSIVE ADMITS HE IS "THE MAN THE POLICE ARE AFTER" AND THAT IS NOT EATEN FOR FOUR LIGHTS ON FINALE OF GREATEST MAN HUNT EVER STAGED IN SOUTHERN ALBERTA. POLICE WERE RIGHT BESIDE HIM; BASSOFF HIDDEN IN UNDERBRUSH (By Harold H. Coy, via Long Distance Telephone) PINCHER STATION, August Tom Bassoff, bandit and alleged murderer of two police officers, is here in the station at Pincher City, alive and shackled, disarmed, and disreputable looking, hungry, and fairly on his way to court for promises to be the most sensational trial in the his- i tory of-Southern Albertr. i "I am the man you are looking Bassoff has just said to the police.. That, and nothing else has he said by way of a confession. TWENTY-FIVE MILES FROM FRANK But it is Thomas Basspff, the beyond -the shadow of a doubt. Ke 25 miles from the spot where, for four days and nights, he has been hunted 'by a force of 200 police and sleuths armed to the teeth, 'ready to shoot on the -.He has greatest posse of-police that ever gathered 1 '.together man hunt in Western Canada, only to fall the headlight of-Harry Hammond's pusher and Mr. Hammond's eagle eye. BANDIT CARRIES BULLET IN RIGHT LEG right iee he the biillet which mSde his .ultimate ;lrripoT8lbleT not ao bad as has described Stories. Bui'it It bad enough that :he.had.rt6 is worn. It has seen mh'c.h duty in the four-days since 3.15 Saturday afternoon when ISassoff hacked away from the firing nn lie main ttreet ot BeHerue, a suu in either hand spurting fire nt'nny who dared to show, a head, and hid him- .self from the sight of any and all who might rBpreieol, lenvins lying on the' sidewalk of the little mloiug village: two "pottos officers, victims .of his deadly shooting prowess, and his pal, 'Akroff, to -his death In battle, defying arrest. ADMITS HE'S THE MAN POLICE WANT Hassoff has not admitted that lie was in the Ikriterue Cafe at tha time pf the triple shooting tragedy, He lias not admitted anything except that he Is the man the police are looking for. Whether he is crafty and trring to save liimself, or whether he conalden that .conieEBlon covers all, I would not care to say. But the circumstances are nuch. that tho police dd not like taking siny chancua with their quarry. He be ruBhert to l.ethuridge toniglit by motor car, under strong guard In-charge oE Inspec- tor Nicholson, of the Alberta Provincial Police, one of the most efficient officers of that force, and for many years an oulstandtng''detective of the Mounted Police. He will be lodged in the cells at Lethbridge, guarded day nnd night, for the police are talilng no chanccB wiUf tho man they look upon to bo the-most dangerous criminal, they hare taken since Hill Miner fell into the cHUches of the law. BROUGHT TO LETHBRIDGE THIS MORNING Bassofi should be In Let hh rid go. by six'o'clock. In tbb morning. H is hardly ten.days yet since he left Lethhridrs with a ticket for Crow'r. Nest In company -with George Akroff ami Alei Arctoff. Much has happened la I those ten days which will make stirring reading when the Inside ilory is i all told. THE STORY THE HERALD MAN GOT But'in "order to give a somewhat consecutlTe.story of .what has hap jiered on .this evening for which the public has been waiting so eagerly all week, let us begin at the beginning. We- were on the way from Blairmore t to Frank to so to bed after chasing all day after blood, hounds and rumors. I On the train the rumor spread Basaoft captured. At Frank Inspec- t tor n. G. Carpenter, of the C. P. K. police force at Calgary, and Inspector Jw. S. Athmau, Winnipeg, assistsnt to Col. Macljeod, and former C. I'. R. r investigator at Lethbridgc, boarded the train. We learned from them that they were proceeding to. Pincher Station to Investigate' the report thai Jiassoff had been captured. Being the only newspaper man on the train. your correspondent proceeded to co to Plocber Station also. .Arriving here we hoard the story of Bassoff's arrest, how Engineer Harry Hammond had spotted a suspicious looking character on tlie right of Tray while taking Ms jniaher engine over the grade west of Pinchor Station, how ho had come to t I.undbrcck for orders, and had there taken on Constables Sawyer of Cal- Warsaw's Fate Hinges on Battle Great Conflict in Progress On The Thisso-PoHsh'-, Front Bassoff was hidden In the un- derbrush at the H a El o way ranch within a few feet of the polka, who were searching for him en Monday. He waHftd until nlffht, crawled out and In some way got across the Frank Slide, and then the going was easy. He last night when taken at Pincher City, [argely be- cause he waa famished with hun- ger, not having anything to eat since he was at the Hal Iowa y ranch at Frank1 or Monday. These statements Bassoff made after his armt. Col. MacLeod, head of C. P. R. police, sUrterf for Michel fast night on a speeder. The police will work east from there In effort to locate other bandit, who Is believed to be around Crow's Nest Pass ctation. Before his arrest at City, Bauoff had .called at vtatlon hotel and purchased a'tin of beef. He then moved sway be- hind the shed to eat It, and it there he was DESPERADO TAKEN WITHOUT A FIGHT BY C. P. R. POLICE IN SHED AT PINCHER CITY ENGINEER HARRY HAMMOND SPOTS HIS MAN AND LAYS WIRES LEADING TO BASSOFFS DOUBT ABOUT HIM BEING RIGHT MAN- HAD. TWO GUNS, WAS WOUNDED IN RIGHT LEG AND HAD PAPERS BEARING NAME OF THOMAS BASSOFF 30 MILES FROM SCENE OF MAN HUNT. PARIS, Aug. Polish armistice and peace delegates, M. director of the political department of the ministry, of foreign affairs, and Major. Stam- rowskl, left Warsaw Wednesday evening ,to meet the Russian dele-' to the Temps from. Warsaw today. PtARIS, Aug. in progress on the Pollsh front om-whlch hangs the fate of 'Warsaw, according -to in- formation reaching the French foreign office-today- L A COUNTER OFFENSIVE WARSAW, AUB. Poles hive .launched a counter-offen- sive with bayonets in the 'region of where the Russians have been striving to break the Polish defensive lines. Pultusk Is 31 miles north of RUSSIAN CAVALRY' 'Aug. cavalry has reached Praga, suburb of Warsaw, according to wireless dispatch received here from Berlin today. To Meet French Premier LONDON. AUK. was unoffic- ially reported this afternoon thai Premier Lloyd George and.Earl Cur zon, the secretary for foreign affairs, plan to meet Premier Millerand al Boulogne on Sunday to discuss the situation arising from the recognition of General Wrangel by Iho French government. Ponzi Surrenders; Cannot Carry Out Promises He Made (Continued on i Premier Meighen Says Fanner Party Never Attempted to Move Its Platform His Liabilities, Officials Will Run Into the Millions Say, 'i Js Not Going (o Take Anr Trip v T i i t n 1'ariios H 11 sn Uncharted crnmcnls Can't Please STIRLING, Ont., Aug. of the N'atfnnal Pro- parly and the Liberal oppo- if (lion, emphatic pronouncement In Jfavor of tho continuance in' force hy armda of its present fiscal system and wajm pmfsc for tho war an'd gen- eral record ot the Union government, 'characterized Hon. .Arthur Melghcn's speech, at Stirling village, West lias- lings county, this afternoon. It was from first to last a speech militant, the premier having evidently decided to throw down tb.8 gauntlet to all anrl 'sundry opponents fn his first pro- nouncement of governmental policy assuming tho mantle of. govern- irocnt leadership. The present administration In this connection, he described as Ihe- "di- rect and IcgLlimalo FnicccaKors m the government that retired with Sir Koh- Out of the union of parties which formed tho Union guv- .eminent, he declared, grown the new national Lj1ieral-C.onscrvr.tive parly. No political party In the world iVSS SVcT Or ueilui' ui Go. It was born out of tha war and It is national because its care Is the na- tion." Defending the present finance tlie need for Us romler comlni emphasized the nance both for tho cf Iho Industrial life of the nation and tho provision of neces- sary revenue. H was only oy making more goods than could he sold In the United Slates that the value of lhc Canadian collar could ho maintained on tho other side of Ihe.border. In support of this contention, he vioted a fnemher of a western Uberal gov- ernment as Raying: "Put tlie plat- form of the effect and you would Immediately reduce the value of the dollsrr In the United States to 50 cents." Mr. Melghen commanded the pht- (L'onTlniied olTFage Five.) HOSTO.V, Aug. Pent! today surrendered lo the United i States marshal. I District Attorney Gallagher said I that Ponzi had surrendered because he felt himself unable to carry out [promises he had made for the redemp t Al the time Ponzi Rave himself up, a hearlnjr was being held on a police application for the arrest of the finan- cier. Tlie charge-under which Charles Ponzi was arrested by the federal au- thorities was with using the malls lo defraud. Ponzi issued Hie following slate menl utter his arrest: "I had an agreement with the dis- trict attorney lo go tomorrow and meet my liabilities wtlh cash. With the closing of the Hanover Trnst Company and with other funds tied up I find myself unable lo do so. 1 fell It my duty to tell him and ask him lo detain ma." Altorney-Cle'iieral Allen says Iliat Pouzi's liabilities will run Inlo Ihe millions. Federal Auditor Edwin L. Pride lat- er stated that Ponzi's liabilities were upward of Ponzt held- as- sets of Totn BaMoff, bandft, holdup ratio, and declared by a jury be the murderer.of Corporal Uiher of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, and Frederick W. E. Bailey, of the Alberta Provincial Police, was arrested in a shack near the railway at Pincher Station on Wednesday ni ght just before eleven o'clock. The arrcwt was effected by C. P. R. special Glover and Towler, aided by of the crew of the gusher engine which works between Bur mis and 'Phi- cher Station. arrest was effected without shoot ing. Bassoff surrendered to a superior force'when he saw all chance, of escape shut off. official statement was ghren to The Herald at 11.10 on Wednesday night by Superintendent C. D. MacKintosh, of the Lethbridge division, immediately after he had received the news from Pincher Station, where the bandit was'then being held pending orders as to his disposal from Col. MacLeod, chief of the C. P. R. forces, then at Frank. (Continued on Page FOOT.) "WETS" FOR QUEBEC; 'DRYS" FOR CHICAGO ALBANY, N. Y., Aug. fowing .3 fthtrp debate, the Inter- national Typographical Union, In annual convention fit re voted 171 to vM of wfio obtijn werk En an open shop, regandlnf gon- cHy for next year toofc jiltce but no ictfon wai taken. K Into a battle "witi" arid some favoring and Chicago. A rate probably will today. and Fmiaritf upon'artnlitice concttilorx at pat on Wednesday. atfn. sd peace truly with Rutsli on Wednesday, say: a to the London Times from Riga. Poies Report Heavy Fighting WARSAW, Aug. communica- tion, issued today by the war office! '____; there is heavy lighting on either I tip of the hoop-shaped line which the Occurrence at Ar- nolsheylk arc trying to bend down upon (he Vistula rlrer, with as the prize. Xorthweet o[ the CRpl- fighting rages (or the possession of Ciechanow. The garriwm Hold Up Another C. P. R, Conductor Light Inter- fered With at Mlawa has repelled repeated red! tuc.hs. lictween the Narew and Btig riven i there Is close-up fighting, in which tho Poles arc holding their own. For the most part Ihe reds are using ma- chine gmis and rifles. Strike at Wrangel'i Flanks ;O.N'STANTINOPLK, Aug. shrvvik forces in southern Russia are ikius at Ihe extreme flanks of Gen- eral Wrangel's army north of the Crimean peninsula, according to dis- patches received in this city. 'Three soviet divisions, totalling thousand men, crossed tho Dnieper river Tin August 7 at Alenhkl. almost directly across the stream from the city ot Kheron, and advanced several versts southward. Two Bolshevik cavalry columns, supported by Infan- try, are advancing southward from Alcxandrovsk along the west side of railway leading south to Crimea. This is oh Ihe eastern end of Ihe South Russian battle front. Peg Strike Leaders May Be Released to The Herald.) MICHEL, B. C, Aug. li tittle doubt that the last bandit it in this vicinity working his way westward. Provincial and Mount- ed police starching and if Natal, and It IE thought that the has been teen In the bu-h Just below Natal. Chief came here early this morning, but has returned to Hosme-r and Mrnie to throw cordons aereii the valley. Elko and Cranbrook are on the look- out. A report reaches here morning that the signal lights at were round to be full of water when the signal man went to light them last night ant) thirty-five spikes were found driv- en alongside a rail In the track. In a manner to throw a {rain off the track. Two men held up Con- ductor Pete Dallas at Yahk last night and later they were arrect- ed by Corporal Wilton at Kings- gate. LONDON, Britain has been officially notified of the recognition by Prance of the government of General Wrangel as the de facto government of South Russia question is being discussed by the two governments. Something like consternation is evinced by the even- ing newspapers over the French action -which is charact- erized as contrary to British ideas and a menace to entente relations. Meanwhile, King George, who was to leave for Scot- land tomorrow, has postponed his trip owing to the situation. Lloyd (Krorne't Theory Aug. UoyrI Oeorge wpreaaed to his colleagues at a cablne.1 council held laet evening the belief that the report of recognl-1 Pnrla on Wednesday. Uon by o< government emanated from some offi- cial of the French foreign office, says the Dully Man. Ho pointed OTt that Premier Mtllerand was absent from SERIOUS SITUATION IN MESOPOTAMIA PARIS, Aug. slluatlon In Mesopotamia continues serious says a Havas dispatch from Beir- ut, British detachments on the Euphrates are falling back, adds the dispatch, and the garrison of Dlvanlsh, situated on the right bank of the river about. miles southeast of Bagdad has been cut sff. Much "itatbn prevails In' this region, Army garages In Bagdad are said to be En flames. FATHER OF CABINET MINISTER DEAD TORONTO, Aug. Robert WINNIPEG, AUQ- the departure of the provincial prii: on.rfftr.lor and the governor of the provincial Jail to the prison farm today to examine the state of health of the strike leaders, It is believed quarters that the first step toward the release of the strike leaders has com- menced. A report of the findings of the doctor will be sent to tho department of justice at Ottawa. It is said, that a similar proced- .ure took place previous to the re-' lease of John Farnell on August Sth, R. Russell, tt Is stated, has asked for a parole, TO REPAIR THE PLANES PRINCE RUPERT, Aug. of airplanes to replace those broken oral Ross. 0. 0. C. Military District] hamllt in Canadian died at; hfs home here Ihls morning after a short Illness." He was born In Ireland. It Is understood Tom hat made a clean breast of Mi connection with Ihe train robbery on August 2 and of tho shooting of Constable Bailey, of the A. P. P., and.Corporal Usher of tho R. C. M. P. No statement has hton obtained from the prisoner by In- spector Risk of the A. P. p. as yet, the only statement made by the prisoner being that made 10 C. P. R, police officials in Hlncher station last night. At noon today the prisoner was sleeping soundly in. tho cells In the court house. Dr. Wray lendVed med- ical attention lo Ihe prisoner and ex- :i dangoroiis condition. The woiind Ion his righl leg is. IT flesh affair and I the bullet Is not Iberc. at Gerogc by the Alaskan filers arrived here yesterday from Sail Fran- cisco and Ibfl In Prince George hut came to .America with his par- ents in ISM. Two sons. Leonard, of Toronto, and ___ --r.....- the HOD. K. Knowles, of Moose Usber was the only officer In Ihe fight. Jaw, and three daughters, survive. I" 'he Belleviie "Cafe ivhf, was 'i revolver discharging a bullet of that G. 0. C, RESIGNS i calibre. REOIN'A, Aug: The preliminary, hetrins of (he held on Sat' rest ho will able to face prelim- inary hearing. According to information In tho hands of tho police Bassoff was born on September If, 1889 ID Aleger, prov- ince of Caucasus. Russia. This infor- mation was contained in an amdavi't sworn before Oeorgo M, Parsons, of Lethbridgo and made by Shepherd. Dunlcp and Mice on July 1C, 1918.' The bandit left Itussla during lha spring uf 19j3, anllhig from arid landed in Halifay, proceeding Im- rncdlaloly to Vancouver. H6 remain- ed there for three years -'and 'then came lo Albcrln, working out of Leth- bridge. lie is single. IJasfoff has tho world puzzling how he performed his feat of.'eluding the polite long as be did. lie admits being ifi the underbrush around the Malloway ranch 'whllo Ihe police were searching nnrl of naVIng Ms According to inspector Kisk.thls morning the wound was apparently Monday nlsht, but how" he made hfV made, by a V< calibre bullet. Corporal way oround tho slide no one has been able lo figure out and H remains (or to clear this up himself, While in Pincher last night Bassoff purchased food in Alei. Alexandra's store. No. 12, has resigned (o lake effect on urday or Moadny. ,lt is considered September Post loday. practice. according to the Ueglna (hat the condition of Ihe li'andlt HD will resume his law jsuch that with sood couplo When iiis belongings, were gone over hy Inspector Kisk It was found he hod ISO. He also possessed'.i: ovratcIi bul it does not belojig to ctot Hani ;