|May 21, 1887 Ouachita Telegraph|
"A Picayune special from Girard, dated May 14th says: A negro whose name is not reported was arrested yesterday and brought to Girard for attempting to wreck the east bound mail train over the Vicksburg, Shreveport, and Pacific Railroad, due here at 7 PM yesterday."
"The villain was detected in the act of tying a rail on the track, about two miles west of Girard. He was probably taken to Rayville last night and lodged in jail. Nothing is known of the man's motive for attempting to commit a crime that if successful would have imperiled the lives of many."