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Timeline of West Virginia: Civil War and Statehood
May 19, 1864


The Wheeling Daily Intelligencer
May 20, 1864

A Bounty Jumper Captured by a Dog. Yesterday morning a man who had in charge a bounty jumper, stopped at the Union House, with his prisoner. The man left his charge in the hall in order to look into an adjoining room for a person he wished to see when the jumper jumped out of the door, upon the sidewalk, ran up Quincy Street and took down the alley in the rear of the Union House. A Newfoundland dog, observing that the jumper was being followed, joined in the pursuit. The dog soon overtook the fleeing rascal, seized him by the boot leg and squatted down in the mud. The jumper kicked the dog off but he had no sooner done so than the animal caught him again, and continued to hang on and delay the jumper until his pursuers camp up and captured him.

The dog which rendered this valuable service was left at the Union House some weeks ago by some people who were moving west. He was thought to be of little or no account and appeared to spend most of his time asleep with his head upon his fore paws. He was very wide awake, however, yesterday morning, and during the day was as much of a lion as a dog can be.

The Provost Marshal ought to present him with a brass collar.


Timeline of West Virginia: Civil War and Statehood: May 1864

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