“THE TRAIN ROBBERS”

DISASTEROUS DEBUT

— A DISASTEROUS DEBUT — The engineer of  Southern Pacific train #17 traveling from San Francisco to Los Angeles spotted a red lantern in the distance. As the locomotive neared a small station at Alila, California, George Radcliff applied the hand brake, slowing the big unit. 

In the darkness of February 6, 1891, three masked men leaped aboard the passenger train. Guns drawn, Bob and  Gratton Dalton rushed Radcliff and forced him to halt […]

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“HE FEARED NO ONE”

U.S. DEPUTY MARSHAL

— FORMER SLAVE EXCELS AS LAWMAN — U. S. Deputy Marshal Bass Reeves closed his eyes and listened carefully. One of his men sat across from him reading an arrest warrant aloud so Reeves could commit it to memory.

 

Reeves had no formal education. According to various historical accounts, he could neither read nor write. But his memory proved near flawless.

Reeves recited from memory the contents of the […]

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“THE SEIGE”

DEPUTY U.S. MARSHAL

— ONE OF THE BRAVEST —  A glimmer of sunlight settled across the horizon in the early morning of November 3, 1892, when a sixteen-man posse prepared to launch an attack on a mountain fortress in the Going Snake District, a remote area of the Cherokee Nation.

Deputy U.S. Marshals Paden Tolbert and G.S. “Cap” White headed up the posse that surrounded the double-walled log fortress where Ned Christie took refuge. […]

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RAGE IN CATOOSA

Rage in Catoosa

— PSYCHO KILLER STALKS LAWMAN — No one knew what touched off the fist fight between the two men at a pool hall in Catoosa, Oklahoma Territory, but it marked the beginning of a night of terror in the Indian Territory community.

Deputy Constable Jess W. Elliott of the Cherokee Nation police rode into Catoosa on November 3, 1892, to serve legal papers.

Elliott, who also practiced law, dropped by […]

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