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Hartford Herald - February 4,1903


Young Ernest Embry, of Butler County, Gave Hartford Folks a Merry Run-Around.

A desperate battle with pistols between officers and a tough young fellow from Butler county occurred on the streets of Hartford late Monday evening. Young Ernest Embry, son of Tine Embry, came to town, got fighting drunk, when Town Marshal Paris attempted to arrest him. Embry was on a fine big horse and rode through the street at a furious gait, firing at everything in sight.

Several officers and citizens joined in the chase, some afoot and some on horseback. Deputy Sheriff Bob Boyd headed Embry off in the southern part of town, at the corner of Dr. Ford's residence, and the two exchanged several shots apiece. Marshal Paris came up about this time and a fusillade of shots followed. Several of these shots penetrated private residences, two going into Mr. John Bean's residence near by and three into the residence of Judge J. P. Miller, nearly a quarter of a mile away. The occupants narrowly escaped being hit.

Embry had the best horse and taking a side street, struck for the main road out of town, firing at his pursuers and being fired at in return. He rode rapidly, reloading his pistol as he went. Capt. John Keown, living in East Hartford, hearing the shots and seeing Embry coming, ran out his front gate and grabbed the bridle of the flying horse. Embry had not yet finished reloading his pistol, and he struck Keown on the head with his empty firearm, cutting a long gash and staggering Keown. He continued on out the Beaver Dam road and the officers gave up on the chase for the time, as darkness was coming on. Strange to say, nobody was hit or hurt by the flying bullets.

Nothing has been heard of Embry since he left town and we hear of no effort being made to apprehend him.

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