Published a blurb the other day about the Bisbee newspaper having some fun at the expense of the Bisbee Fire Department, so now it’s time to give local law enforcement equal time.
“Not the least interesting part of the story is that the horses are the property of the Arizona Rangers,” reported The Bisbee Daily Review. One of them belonged to Ranger Wheeler (didn’t specify whether Harry or Frank) and the other to Ranger Eastman.
The Rangers had parked their horses at the school stable while they took care of business in town. Some time during the night, two of the oldest boys at the facilities, who were “trusties,” made their way to the stable, saddled up the horses and rode away.
The boys were Frank Pistonetti of Tombstone and Noel Anderson of Prescott. Pistonetti, who was 16, had been sentenced early that year to 5 years for, no surprise, stealing a horse. When he was sentenced, “the court delivered a lecture to the offender at some length.”
They were not missed until morning, the paper said, “and were probably by that time an all-night’s ride to the good on their road to escape.” The Rangers felt they would be heading to Mexico and notified line riders to keep a lookout for them.
Boys, horses captured
The next day, the Review reported in a page 5 blurb that there was still no trace of the boys. The Rangers “were inclined to the belief that the stolen horses had been disposed of and that the thieves ha taken to the railroads as an avenue of escape, which just now seems to be favoring them.”
The story ended with a paragraph prefaced “LATER,” which reported that a “special dispatch” from Benson said that “both boys and horses had been captured.” Apparently the item had arrived at the newspaper when there was no time for the story to be rewritten.”
No details were given and the story disappeared from the news pages as surely as the horses from the stable.
Pistonetti, by the way, had been released by 1908, and was playing second base for the Tombstone Star Junior baseball club during a game at Lewis Springs when they beat a the Bisbee Juniors 16-4.
A bit earlier in 1908, he and his younger brother Pete, as well as Burleigh Edison, another Tombstone boy, “became imbued with the idea that they would go to Chihuahua and enlist in the cause of the revolutionists of that state.” On the way, they spent one night in the Huachucas before deciding that home looked pretty good.