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Comrades Praise
Men That Trapped
Barrow and Parker

Job Done, Message Sent
by Ex-Rangers, Now
on Highway Patrol


AUSTIN, Texas, May 23—Frank Hamer and B. M. Gault, two Austin men who played the principal roles in trailing and slaying Clyde Barrow and Bonnie Parker, are veteran officers and former members of the rangers. Hamer retired as ranger Captain when the Fergusons entered the Governor's office and was succeeded by his brother, D. E. Hamer. It was Frank Hamer and Gault who did the work and their comrades here are paying them tribute.

Tuesday night I received a tip they would be on the Jamestown-Sailcs road Wednesday morning. With Captain Hamer. Bob Alcorn and Ted Hinton, Dallas Reputy Sheriffs; M.T. Gault, Texas highway patrolman, and P. M. Oakley, one of my Bienville Parish deputies, I drove out the road and picked out a place to wait for them.Hamer has ferreted out a number of noted crimes and has had many brushes with so-called bad men. He is about six feet three inches tall and does not wear the boots and accoutrements of other rangers. Gault is a smaller, spare man with benevolent features and as gentle as men get to be. No one would pick him as a fearless chaser of desperadoes, as he has been for many years.

Commissioned as Patrolmen

Under recent commissions as pa- trolmen from the Highway Department, Hamer and Gault have been seeking the hiding places of Barrow and Bonnie, and they laid the trap that caught them. "The job is done," was the telephone messaige from Hamer to Capt. L. G. Phares, chief of the highway patrol. Phares has been almost sleepless in his efforts to have the Easter Sunday killers of his two patrolmen, H. D. Murphy and E. B. Wheeler, run down. It was Phares who put Hamer and Gault on the trail with instructions to go the limit. Phares chartered a plane and flew to Arcadia, La., when apprised of the deaths."

Under recent commissions as pa- trolmen from the Highway Department, Hamer and Gault have been seeking the hiding places of Barrow and Bonnie, and they laid the trap that caught them. "The job is done," was the telephone messaige from Hamer to Capt. L. G. Phares, chief of the highway patrol. Phares has been almost sleepless in his efforts to have the Easter Sunday killers of his two patrolmen, H. D. Murphy and E. B. Wheeler, run down. It was Phares who put Hamer and Gault on the trail with instructions to go the limit. Phares chartered a plane and flew to Arcadia, La., when apprised of the deaths.

Rewards to Be Paid

Since his retirement from the rangers Hamer has worked under private employment in a number of crime investigations and has others on his list now.

Phares had accumulated a fund of more than $4,000 to chase the slayers of the patrolmen and only a part of it has been spent. The remainder is expected to paid in rewards. The Governor offered a $500 reward and the Legislature tried to offer $1,000 each for Barrow and Raymond Hamilton, but the bill was defeated.