N&W in 1909--Robbery

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Bluefield Daily Telegraph
August 24, 1909

Robbers Got a Dozen Bottles of Beer at Latter Place But Found No Money

The Norfolk and Western stations were entered Sunday night at both Richlands and Cedar Bluff, but in each instance the robbery was insignificant. At Cedar Bluff the robbers got a dozen bottles of beer. They went through the cash drawer but found no money.
Detectives have been put on the trail of the men who did the jobs, but so far no arrests have been made. It is believed that it is the same band which has been committing depredations of this kind through the coal fields for some time. Several stations have been broken into, and sundry weighing and slot machines around the stations have been robbed, but nothing of any consequence has been taken in any case. The local authorities have come to the conclusion that there is an organized band devoting its attention to railroad stations.
[I wonder how the agent at Cedar Bluff make it through the next day without his liquid refreshment!]

Gordon Hamilton
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