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Trunk Thieving at Burksville — Arrest of the thieves and their summary Punishment.

--On Thursday night last a lady, travelling on the Danville train, was mysteriously relieved of her trunk at Burksville, and had to proceed on her journey without it. The following night a gentleman arrived at the same point, and having learned of the previous theft, determined to secure his trunk by sitting upon it while waiting the connection of the trains; but, while thus guarding his property, a friend whom he recognized passed by, and he arose to shake hands with him and a few moments interview ensued between them. On taking leave of his acquaintance he turned round to look after his trunk, which, to his astonishment, had been removed. Search was made that night for the missing properly without success. The gentleman remained at Burksville ever night, and on Saturday morning, in conjunction with a number of passengers and other parties, renewed the search through the neighborhood. In this last search they were more successful, as they not only recovered the two trunks, but discovered and arrested the thieves--two men who have been lurking about the junction for some time, ‘"plying their avocations"’ In the absence of a Court to pass sentence or officer to execute it, the parties were taken to the woods, where they were both severely flogged, and afterwards swung up by a rope to a tree, where they continued suspended until life was nearly extinct.

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