This is an urgent alert for travelers northwest of Phoenix. I’m sure most of you are familiar with Sam Easton, the manager at Easton Bank and Loan. Yesterday he came to me with news that a gold delivery from Vulture City was late in arrival. We both assumed that some enterprising criminals had ambushed the driver on his way to Phoenix, so we took a few men with us and went out to investigate. Sure enough, we found the buckboard overturned about halfway between Phoenix and Vulture City, but instead of a busted up driver and no gold, we found gold and no driver. We also found a lot of blood and claw marks on the bench of the buckboard.
Until further notice, there is a Menace watch in effect for the corridor between Phoenix and Vulture City. If possible, try to avoid travel in this area. If not possible, try to form up caravans. There’s safety in numbers. I’ll have caravan signup sheets available at my office tomorrow morning. I’ll also be holding a town meeting tomorrow at high noon to identify anyone interested in forming a posse to clear the area of the Menace.