[The Times, Washington, [D.C.] December 19, 1897. No. 1,341. Pg. 6]LIFE UNSAFE IN ST. LOUIS.
Public Declaration to That Effect
Made by Four Judges.St. Louis, Dec. 18. Judges Stevenson, Peabody, Wood and Withrow today declared publicly:
"Robberies and assaults have come to be of such frequent occurrence that no one is safe. No person can be blamed for going armed in order to protect his life and property."
This language reflects the condition that has prevailed in St. Louis for several weeks. highway robberies occur daily nightly in the heart of the city. So general has become the alarm among the denizens of the rural districts that a tremendous sale of firearms has been started.
The E.C.Meacham Arms Company alone has sold 4,000 revolvers and 1,500 guns in the past four days. "While this firm had been conducting a clearance sale, its distribution of firearms has been relatively kept pace with by other hardware establishments.