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Mail Tribune 100, Sept. 30, 1920

The following news items were drawn from the archives of the Mail Tribune 100 years ago.

Sept. 30, 1920

SHERIFF TERRILL RETURNS, EXPLAINS LOSS OF PRISONER

Sheriff Terrill arrived home Wednesday alone from his visit to Missoula, Mont., as Mr. Harry Gibson, his erstwhile guest, who committed the burglary at the Reddy Jewelry store recently and was apprehended by the Montana police, did not like his host and gave him the slip at the depot in Spokane last Tuesday.

Although the sheriff is not in the wool business he feels rather sheepish at having lost his prisoner, and although taking much good natured kidding from his friends, deeply feels the fact that he had to come back alone, although there was seemingly no negligence on his part.

In relating the details of the daring escape this forenoon, the sheriff said:

“Gibson’s break was a cunning and desperate one, and was totally unlooked for by me. He got away simply because I did not dare shoot with women standing between us.

“We had to change trains at Spokane and while waiting for the incoming train, I took advantage to grab a couple of sandwiches from the restaurant near the track. I had the hand cuffs on Gibson, but he asked that I remove them so that he could better hold his sandwich for eating. Some women in the waiting crowd also begged me to remove the handcuffs so he could eat. I did so, thinking there was no danger. The train came in before I could put the handcuffs on him again.

“Everyone then rushed to board the train and I stood close back of Gibson and ordered him to get aboard. He started to do so, and I had my hand on my gun in my overcoat pocket as a precaution. Suddenly he jumped square in front of several women and dived under the car to the other side. I dived after him, but he was lost to sight by that time. That’s all there was to it.

“Gibson made no confession to the Montana police nor to me about the Reddy burglary. He is a typical bum of the yegg variety.”

The several watches and rings which were found on Gibson at the time of his arrest have been turned over to the Reddy store.

— Alissa Corman;acorman@rosebudmedia.com

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