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The Weatherford-Jacksboro Stage Robbed Again

A daring robbery took place yesterday afternoon about nine miles west of Weatherford, the particulars of which are as follows: Mr. B.L. Hudgins of Hot Springs who came in from Weatherford yesterday afternoon reports a most daring robbery which took place about nine miles west of Weatherford. It appears that Mr. Hudgins, in company with Mr. J.H. Brown and wife of Jacksboro, and another gentleman, were the only passengers in the coach. When about nine miles from Weatherford, the party was talking of the recent robbery which took place on the route about three weeks ago. Suddenly, the driver, who was the same man who had the stage in charge during the previous robbery, told the passengers that a man who was riding on horseback in front of them was one of the men who had robbed the stage before. The party paid little attention to him, and soon the man was passed, and any suspicion of danger was gone when he was left behind. When within about a quarter of a mile of where the former robbery occurred, the man rode rapidly up to them and drawing his pistol ordered him to throw him the mail bags. Mr. Hudgins started to turn around, but the robber leveled his pistol at him and ordered him to throw up his hands. The mail bag was thrown out in the road and the robber told the driver to throw the other mail bags out. Two paper bags were thrown out in the road and the robber told the passengers he did not want anything they had, but he did want all the mail.  After satisfying himself that he had them all he ordered the driver to go on. Mr. Hudgins describes him as being a small man, with clean face, weighing about one hundred and twenty pounds. He wore a slouch white hat and was riding a brown horse, about fourteen and a half hands high, with a star in the face. He resembled a cow-boy in appearance, with a slicker tied to his saddle and high heels on his boots. The driver is positive he is one of the two men who robbed the stage he was driving about three weeks ago. Mr. Hudgins states that there were wagons in sight, both behind and in front of the stage, when the robbery occurred.

Fort Worth Daily Gazette,  September 23, 1883