April 17, 2009

John Lee Kirk: Soap Gang member?


I came upon another criminal accused of being in league with Soapy Smith and his infamous Soap Gang.
MEMBER OF THE "SOAPY"
SMITH GANG UNDER ARREST.
________

Victoria Officials Take Him Into
Custody on a Charge of Safebreaking
at Nome.

VICTORIA, B. C., March 15.- John Lee Kirk, said to have been a member of the "Soapy" Smith gang, which terrorized Skagway in 1897, was arrested here today at the instance of United States Deputy Marshal Cody who left San Francisco to-day for Victoria to take charge of Kirk. He is wanted for safebreaking at Nome. An effort is being made by a local lawyer to secure his release by habeas corpus proceedings.
San Francisco Call, March 16, 1905.



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