Fayette County, Illinois
WADE STOKES ARRESTED AND RELEASED, Dec 1, 1881
SLAYER INDICTED AND SENTENCED WITHIN AN HOUR, July 25, 1921
WADE STOKES ARRESTED AND RELEASED
Wade Stokes, the telegraph operator at Ramsey, Illinois, who so successfully defrauded the Illinois Central Railroad Company out of $2,700, and whose arrest was made at Las Vegas, New Mexico a few days ago, was day before yesterday released on a writ of habeas corpus, at Cincinnati, there being no witnesses to testify against him. Sheriff Mays, who by telegraph ordered Stokes' arrest, owing to high waters, could not go at once after him and Stokes knowing the authority could not hold him without the necessary papers, took advantage of the opportunity and skipped. His whereabouts at present are not known.
[Dallas Weekly Herald (Dallas, TX), December 1, 1881; transcribed by A. Newell.]
SLAYER INDICTED AND SENTENCED WITHIN AN HOUR
(By United Press) Benton, Ill., July 25.--The mills of the law ground rapidly here this morning for Charles Gilman, confessed slayer of Hiram H. Hess of Ramsey, Illinois.
Gilman admitted killing Hess at Zeigler, Illinois, July 17, was indicted by a special grand jury early this morning, waived right of trial and within an hour was sentenced to the penitentiary for life.
"I was anxious to have it over with," Gilman explained.
[Daily Illinois State Register (Springfield, IL), July 25, 1921; transcribed by A. Newell.