Much of America was still an untamed frontier at the turn of the century, with Indian lands up for grabs in the Oklahoma territory and Wyoming still an impenetrable refuge for outlaws and bandits, as reported in the The Post of July 8, 1901. And those feeling oppressed by the heat today may wish to remember the 191 souls who expired from a New York heat wave before air conditioning was invented.
Anaconda, Mont., July 7. --
Special dispatches from a staff correspondent of the Anaconda Standard on the ground are to the effect that there is now little hope of the sheriff's posse overtaking the men who held up the Great Northern Express train at Wagner, Mont., last Wednesday. The correspondent has just returned from the section of country where the posses were expected to overtake the robbers. His account is that the pursuers have been outwitted, and that the robbers have eluded them.
There are two theories presented. One is that the outlaws, who are far better mounted than their pursuers, have already crossed the Missouri River and are well on their way toward the "Hole-in-the-Wall" country in Wyoming, the most notorious refuge of criminals in the United States. The Hole-in-the-Wall is a vastness practically impregnable and capable of being successfully defended by a few men against almost any force. The region between the point in the Missouri breaks and the Hole-in-the-Wall is very sparsely settled, a few scattered cattle ranches being the only evidence of human habitation. Pursuit over this wild section, according to old plainsmen, is practically hopeless.
The other theory is that the robbers have gained the intricacies of the bad lands along the Missouri River, near the Little Rockies, and are there awaiting the time when the chase shall have grown cold and then seize a favorable opportunity to ford the river and its treacherous windings. Every foot of ground is an open book to the robbers, who have used the vicinity as their stamping ground for years.
The officers are still in the field, but it is the opinion of those who are on the ground that the scene of active pursuit must now be transferred to the Yellowstone, Custer, or Dawson countries, through one or more of which the robbers must pass to reach the Hole-in-the-Wall.
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