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Aqueduct Worker Robs Companion in Box Car.
Victim Beaten Into Insensibility After Drunken Carousal Near Saugus Station After Quitting Job.
Los Angeles Herald | February 27, 1910.
Joseph E. Jones, charged with robbing Michael Gallagher while both were locked in a box car for disturbing the peace at Saugus, had his preliminary hearing Friday at Saugus, and he was held to answer to the superior court.
According to testimony of witnesses, Jones and Gallagher reached Los Angeles February 17 from Cinco, where they had been working on the aqueduct. Both had considerable money with them, and the result was that they became drunk. Tuesday they went to Saugus in search of work. The night of their arrival they were taken and locked in the box car to sober up, as they were both drunk and had been fighting in a lumber yard.
While in the car Jones almost beat Gallagher into insensibility and then took $50 away from him and broke his way out of the car. Gallagher when found the next morning was unconscious and his face was beaten to a pulp. Jones was arrested about three miles from Saugus and the stolen money was found in his possession.
Webmaster's note: Cinco was a supply camp that sat between Pine Canyon (16 miles north of Mojave) and Jawbone Canyon (location of the aqueduct's Jawbone siphon).