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About The courier. (Lincoln, Neb.) 1894-1903 | View Entire Issue (June 7, 1902)
fyow Criminals Scheme
to Escape Detection
Hunted criminals, to avoid detection,
depend upon eternal vigilance and
And many officers of the law believe
that luck forms their main reliance.
Every offender really expects to be
caught sometimes, but fixes the date
in the far distant future, just as the
average mortal anticipates death with
out actually trying to forecast the .
Most offenders make an effort to get
away from the scene of their crimes if
they are in any way practiced In law-
breaking. Burglars, thieves and rob
bers, as well as predatory murderers,
are a wandering set, plying their
trades in divers cities and sundry com
munities. These commit some illegal
act and flee.
Swindlers, bank wreckers and
murderers, men with a grievance, are
usually the ones that carefully plot
their crime. So they scheme to re
main near the scene of the outrage and
still be undetected by the officers of
It is the clan of fleeing criminals that
calls for the knowledge of the law
breaker in hiding. The pursuer must
know the habits of the game or else
he will beliked" at every turn.
A disguise is generally the first thing
which the offender procures. A dif
ferent suit of clothes, either long- or
extremely short hair, a different gait,
sometimes scars are made with a razor
all these are but commonplace plots
of the denizens of the underworld. The
criminals who have prices on their de
voted heads are doubly wary. They
never travel as hoboes, but obtain
money by fair means or foul and travel
in first class style.
In going from place to place some
few methods of trying to block pursuit
are in 'vogue; but nearly all of them
are defective and unreliable. For the
most part Che hunted one depends on
Doubling back on the trail is one
way. The criminal carefully notes all
the people behind him, quickens his
pace, drops into a store or alley, tacks
back to his first position, and, getting
some point of vantage, watches for any
persons who may seem to be bewil
dered or puzzled by the tactics. Of
course if he finds a person coming in
his rear whose appearance tallies with
an individual first noted he is "on."
After that it is a game of hide and
Usually the criminal attempts to re
member the executive officers of the
law. He keeps his eyes and ears open
and watches for familiar faces. In the
meantime he depends upon his guiding
star to steer him clear of unwelcome
Nights afford opportunities for go
ing abroad and then the hunted ones
venture out for air and society. For
even the hardened criminal must
"mix," thus proving that man, in the
lower states, is still a gregarious ani
mal. Pals and associates in each city fur
nish the fugitives aid and comfort.
They also do their best to ward off
local police interference. If the bur
glar or murderer Is wounded, a physi
cian listed among the "safe" is called
and the hurts are dressed. Under such
conditions the malefactor leads a tol
erably safe and comfortable existence.
A brace of sheriffs or policemen usu
ally work In pairs In making a capture
on the streets. They generally open
out as if they were going to pass the
hunted man, one on each side. Simul
taneously they grab their man. Then
they lead him ofT, avoiding large
crowds and thronged street corners,
ever ready to shoot should the occa
At the best the condition of the hunt
ed one is unenviable. Constant appre
hension, seclusion, loss of liberty
these are some of the penalties of be
longing to the underworld and being
ONLY A REHEARSAL.
She You wouldn't mind saying this
over again tomorrow, would you,
dearie? I am a member of the M. P.
D. C. club.
"Why, what does that mean?"
"Moonlight proposals don't count."
THE SCHEME FOR HER.
"Laugh and the world laughs with
That'll do for the man to say,
But women must weep
If she wishes to keep
On having her own sweet way.
S. E. KIser.
Bobby You know them preserves
out in th pantry wot you told me not
Bobby You know you said they'd
make me sick if I et 'em, didn't you?
Bobby Well, they didn't. Ohio State
Woman Of course, being a man, you
can't tell me how she was dressed!
Man I know her gown never cost
less than $500, and her husband's In
come, to my knowledge, is not more
than $1,500 a year.
Die. MEN J. F. MAILKY SANATORIUM CO.
Mrs. Lakefront Hattle is in great
Mrs. Wabash What is the matter?
Mrs. Lakefront She is afraid she
will not get her divorce In time to be
a June bride Town Topics.
Sauso Blghead Is getting old. Isn't
Itodd I am afraid he Is. I notice he
is now expecting of his children the
things he used to be ambitious to do
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