100 years ago in the Inland Northwest: Pair of teenage criminals surrounded by posse in Springdale

<p><p>A 16-year-old fan of “dime novels” (lurid pulp fiction) went on a two-week spree of banditry – and now he and a 12-year-old companion were surrounded by a posse in the hills near Springdale.</p></p><p><p>Their victim, a Springdale woman, was recovering from a serious gunshot wound.</p></p><p><p>Verd Moser, 16, had begun his career of crime when he tried to steal clothes from a Reardan store. Then he ran away from home, stole a pair of guns and a bicycle from an uncle and stole a clock from a drugstore.</p></p><p><p>When the sheriff went to take him into custody, Moser and his young pal Jakey Clark, 12, “took to the hills.”</p></p><p><p>The sheriff pursued them for days through the mountainous country, but could not find them.</p></p><p><p>At one point, the two boys broke into the home of a Mrs. Warner, who was away. When she arrived back home, she found the two boys ransacking the place. The boys fled.</p></p><p><p>Then, they went to the home of Mrs. L.H. Anderson, where they attempted to steal her car. She ran them off – or thought she did.</p></p><p><p>They left briefly, but only to cut the telephone wires to her house. Then they returned and tried to steal her car again.</p></p><p><p>Mrs. Anderson, now badly frightened, attempted to telephone for help. The phone was dead. She went to the window, and one of the boys shot her with a .22 rifle.</p></p><p><p>The bullet “plowed a furrow in her scalp” and knocked her down – but did not penetrate her skull. She remembered hearing one of the boys laugh. Then they drove away in her car.</p></p><p><p>A few minutes later, she was able to make her way to a neighbor’s home and raise the alarm.</p></p><p><p>Now the boys were surrounded and authorities believed they “will resist arrest.”</p></p>