April 4, 1889

P.F. Clanton, who was convicted of grand larcency in this county something over a year ago, and sentenced to ten years in the penitentiary was pardoned by Gov. Zulick a few days since.

THE ST. JOHNS HERALD               March 7, 1889


Sol Barth was pardoned by Governor Zulick on the 17th inst. and is a free man once more. Not a few in Arizona believe that Sol was more sinned against than sinning, and will be rejoiced to hear of his release. He was imprisoned for alleged complicity in the robbery of the Apache County safe some three years ago, and other irregularities, in which connection it is presumed that he suffered for the sins of others more deserving of punishment than himself.--HOOF AND HORN.

The HOOF AND HORN gets off wrong. Sol Barth was not convicted of complicity in robbing the Treasurer's safe of this county, but was convicted of raising county warrants to the tune of about $20,000, and then mutilating the public records to conceal his crimes.  That paper will have undertaken a Herculean task, when it tries to make the people of Apache County believe that Barth is more "sinned against than sinning."  The denizens of this county are better posted in regard to the peculiar methods of this "sinned against man," than the writer of the HOOF AND HORN, and that paper steps out of its way to cast reflections on the good people of this county, by insinuating that Barth was made the scape-goat.

THE ST. JOHNS HERALD LOCAL NEWS                     March 21, 1889

Let Chas. Kinnear, the fugitive, tell what he knows, and how lonesome, yea, how insignificant will appear the shortcomings of Sol Barth in comparison.--HOOF AND HORN.

Supposing we had done with discussing Sol Barth, and having no desire to pursue this subject further; nor would we do so now, but from the fact that the HOOF AND HORN is clearly ignorant of all matters of fact connected with this case.  The HOOF AND HORN argues from false premises, and bases its pleas upon the mere supposition that "Barth was more sinned against than sinning," when all the facts are diametrically opposite. It is so well known, that no one here in Apache county ever thought otherwise, that Barth procured Kinnear's release from jail on straw bonds. It is so well known, that no one here would be silly enough to dispute the fact, that Barth went to El Paso, Texas, to meet Kinnear, and to furnish him with more "hush money." It is also well known, that no one endowed with common sense would dispute it, that Barth and Kinnear left El Paso together for the City of Chihuahua; and withal, it is so well known by all in Apache county, that none but a fool would assert to the contrary, that Sol Barth being the principal of the steal, was more interested in keeping Kinnear out of the way than was any other person in the county.  If Kinnear, and not Sol Barth, was the principal in the robbery of this county, why did Barth spend so much time and money keeping Kinnear away?  When Kinnear was arrested in El Paso, Texas, who put up five hundred dollars for his release on a writ of habeas corpus AND flight into Chihuahua out of jurisdiction of the Courts?  As the HOOF AND HORN seems so well posted in this matter, perhaps it will answer the above questions.

THE ST. JOHNS HERALD                           May 16, 1889

J.Y.Lee, of Nutrioso, was in town last Friday, and from him we learn that the party who went in pursuit of the persons who stole two span of horses from the above named place some days since, had returned, bringing the horses but not the thieves. He says they overhauled the horse thieves at some lakes on the east side of the Rio Grande, one morning about sun up.  The pursued and the pursuing party caught sight of each other about the same time. The pursued opened fire on on their pursuers at once. The fight was kept up for about six hours. The thieves being armed with long range guns, had quite an advantage over their pursuers, and held them at bay for that time.  Finally one of the pursuing party went back for reinforcements, and a short time after two more concluded to cut off the stolen horses, and turn them back towards the Rio Grande, leaving Ed Brown to watch the thieves.  When the two who were driving the horses had gone some distant, the two rustlers, A.G.Powell and Charles B.Rudd, made it so hot for Mr. Brown, that he thought discretion the better part of valor, and made a hasty retreat toward the Rio Grande. The emigrants to Oklahoma, taking advantage of the situation, continued their march toward that land of promise.

A.G. POWELL and CHARLES B. RUDD are accused by the Grand Jury of Apache County, Territory of Arizona, with the crime of Grand Larcency, committed as follows: That on April 16, 1889, did, unlawfully, feloniously take, steal, carry, lead and drive away two horses viz, Two iron gray geldings, vented or marked, thus ID on the left thigh of said two animals, and said gelding being vented and said geldings valued at $400.00, and being then and there the personal property of J.Y. Lee.

Names of witnesses examined before finding of the Grand Jury: W.W. Pace, J.Y. Lee and W.A. Jones.

Indictments found on July 3, 1889

A.G. POWELL and CHARLES B. RUDD are accused by the Grand Jury of Apache County, Territory of Arizona with the crime of Grand Larcency, committed as follows: That on the 16th day of April, 1889, did, unlawfully, feloniously take, steal, carry, lead and drive away, two dark brown mares branded JP on left thigh of both said animals, mares valued at $400.00, the personal property of W.R. Jones. Names of witnesses examined before the finding of the Grand Jury: W.W. Pace, J.Y. Lee, Edward Brown and W.R. Jones.

Charles B. Rudd, sentenced to Yuma Territorial Prison, Nov, 1893

THE ST. JOHNS HERALD LOCAL NEWS            July 18, 1889

It is rumored that Sol Barth is about to return to St. Johns.

He will, in all probability, throw some further light upon his warrant scheme and associates, even if he has to go as far as Springerville.

From the files of Jack A. Becker, local historian.