Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Bill Miner For Western Wednesday...!

Not all the bad guys were jerks. Some of them were gentlemen, even as they robbed their victims. That was the case with ol' Bill Miner.

Bill Miner: The Gentleman Bandit



Photo credit: Royal Canadian Mounted Police

Bill Miner was born in Kentucky, but he didn’t stay there for long. He went out west and became an outlaw. Then, after a long stint in San Quentin prison, he moved on north, hoping criminal business would be easier in the Canadian West.

They called him the “Gentleman Bandit” because of the polite courtesy he’d use when he was holding a gun to people’s heads. He was a man of firsts. It’s said he was the first to yell “Hands up!” during a robbery, and he was the first man to hijack a Canadian train.

The first train he robbed won him $7,000 in gold. At the time, that was enough of a fortune to live comfortably for two years. When the money ran out, though, he tried to pull off the trick again in 1905—and this time, it didn’t go as well.

The second train he robbed had nothing in but mail and old newspapers. Trying to make the best of a bad situation, Miner grabbed $15 and a bottle of liver pills and then ran for his life. He didn’t get far. The Mounted Police tracked him down, shot one of his cohorts in the leg, and brought Miner in. The Gentlemen Bandit was behind bars. He’d risked it all and lost it for $15 in cash.

Miner later escaped prison and fled to the US.

I guess that being courteous never hurts, even if you are a robber. Not sure that it really helped Bill, though.

Coffee in the kitchen again today.

6 comments:

linda m said...

If given a choice I'll take the gentleman over the jerk any day. Not that I wan to get robbed by either one but being polite takes away a little of the pain. Still have some cupcakes so I'll bring some along again today. Have a great day.

HermitJim said...

Hey Linda...
I think that you have the right idea. If you gotta get robbed, might as well get treated right at the time.
Thanks for stopping by today!

JO said...

Like Linda said if your going to get robbed at least being nice about would take some of the edge off.

Don't mind the kitchen at all

Dizzy-Dick said...

I wouldn't think that anyone who held a loaded gun to my head was very nice. . .

Beth Bailey said...

I think a lot of armed robbers today don't get any more than that. Big risk for little reward.

HermitJim said...

Hey Jo...
It probably would help, that's for sure.
Thanks, sweetie, for dropping by today!


Hey Dizzy...
I can understand that thinking and I have to agree!
Thanks for the visit today, sir.


Hey B...
Now days folks seem to be willing to rob and kill for any amount of money. Drugs, I reckon.
Thanks for coming over today, sis!