|Transcribed by Norma Knotts Shaffer from microfilm
of the Calhoun Chronicle dated 1/20/1921.
Griffith Not Captured Yet
Griffith, the noted bandit still enjoys life and liberty so far as is
known to us poor mortals.
There have been many wild tales about his presence in this community
during the past week, but so far as we have been able to find out there
is no foundation of fact for these rumors. That these rumors are
not confined to this section is evidenced by the fact that nearly every
West Virginia newspaper one picks up carries a story to the effect that
a man presumed to be Griffith has been seen in that particular neighborhood.
In Clarksburg a report found its way to the newspapers that Griffith
had shot and killed the Sheriff of Harrison county. Upon investigation
it was found that the sheriff was a very lively corpse. Then the
report that judge Jake Fisher, who sentenced the bandit to the penitentiary
for life, had fallen as the gunman's victim had to be laid. In fact
the most of these stories are to be laid to super-acute imaginations.
The writer's family has been out of town for the past week and we have
had to spend the nights alone. During that time there has hardly
been an hour of the long lonely nights but what we have heard Griffith
in the house. We finally get up courage to peep out from under the
covers we have always found that is only the old cat which we had forgotten
to put out or something equally as harmless.
The rumors and reports that Griffith has declared his intention of taking
vengance on some one or other for alleged wrongs ought not to be published.
Their spreading can be of no possible assistance in the hunt for Griffith
and it does untold injury to the families of the men about whom they are
circulated. The fact of the matter is that half of these reports
are started in ill-chosen attempts to tease and worry some one, and have
nothing at all for their foundation.
Griffith, in our opinion, has had about enough killing to last him for
the short rest of his life, and we do not imagine he is thinking half as
much of wreaking vengance on some certain individuals as he is about getting
over into some country where his name and crimes are not so well known.
The report that Griffith had sworn vengance against two of Grantsville's
well known citizens is entirely without foundation and was started merely
to have a little fun at the expense of the men.
Our advice is to forget Griffith as long as we have no more tangible
evidence that he is in our midst. When he does come let the brave
sworn officers of the law do the chasing and shooting and the shouting.
The state constabulary are on his trail and it is only a matter of time
until Griffith will be captured. A detachment of the state police
arrived at Creston, near Griffith's old home, but nothing has come of their
visit so far as we have been able to hear.