Newspaper Page Text
1 , .
A Chabter from lite Memoirs of GQlitaiaDiiril-Donald of lexo?
ranch on Wan
derer's crook hud
pelled to be ab
sent most of the
was unable to
give hit hard
tion and now and
again bunches of
bli rattle were driven off by out
law from across the border. The
thieves would seem to have taken
especial delight In watching for
the times when Deputy Bill waa
absent and then descending on hla
herds, mainly for the booty, no
doubt, but also by way of 'retalia
tion. It waa a dangerous thing
for them to do and they were cer
tain to pay for it la the end; the
double temptation of profit and re
venge, bowerer, was not to be re
stated. But while the ranch did not
prosper. Its owner was in no Im
mediate danger of bankruptcy.
With his success in breaking up
the gangs In Hardeman and ad
joining counties and In No-Man's
Land McDonald's fame bad grown
amazingly. As a thief taker he
was regarded as past master.
The Cattlemen's association a
combination of law abiding ranch
men, one of the strongest organ
izations ever known Invited his
special attention to their herds
and contributed a monthly ac
knowledgment of 1150. which, with his numer
ous fees, made his Income an ample one
often as large as $000 a month sometimes
double this amount
Among the members of the association was
Bam Lazarus. Soon after MeDonald'e ar
rangement with the cattlemen Lazarus was
sending a herd of perhaps a thousand head
Into Kansas, driving them across the Terri
tory. Tat Wolforth was In charge of this herd
and when Just beyond the Territory line. In
m rery lonely district, met with misfortune.
One evening near nightfall the cattle sud
denly became frightened, doubtless by some
device of the outlaws, and Wolforth and his
men found It Impossible to control them. A
general stampede followed and Lazarus' cattle
were scattered over the prairies and through
the fastnesses of the Strip a prey to the
pollers lying In wait on every hand. It was
a heavy disaster and there seemed little hope
of much In the way of recovery.
Bill McDonald took no such view of the
situation. With Pat Wolforth he Immediately
risited the scene of the stampede and began
looking for cattle with the "Diamond-tall"
such being the trade-mark of the Lazarus herd.
It was a ticklish undertaking. Some of the
cattle had been butchered and thry, of course,
were lost. Others had been absorbed by the
herds of the men. who, though not regularly
engaged in cow stealing, were In nowise par
ticular as to whose cowa they got and wel
comed anything that browsed unguarded on
McDonald began by prevailing upon the
honest ranchmen In that section to Join at
once In a general round up, by which means a
great number of cattle could be collected and
distributed to their rightful owners.
It mattered little to McDonald and Wol
forth where they found the Diamond tall brand
they took the cattle: peaceably If possible,
forcibly If necessary. It was a sudden and
energetic procedure and resulted In the recov
ery of the greater number of the lost drove of
It resulted further In a definite plan by Bill
McDonald for the discouragement of cattle
stealing In the Territory and for the rapture
of those most actively engaged In that In
dustry. The back country was very sparsely
settled and the Indians and half breed w hites
and negroes were not especially Interested In
law and order, even where they were not di
rectly concerned in opening these things.
Nearly all, however, made, a pretense of
agricultural employments. There were towns
of considerable size, and railroads the latter
affording liberal returns now and then when
some train was waited upon In a lonely place
and the ei press messengers, mall agents and
passenger were Invltod t the point of slx
ehooters to contribute to a highway develop
Bill McDonald decided to break up this sort
of thing and set about It In a way suggested
by his own peculiar Kin I us Investigation
unust be conducted openly and yet in a way
to avoid suspicion.
1 Returning toQuanahand Wanderer's creek.
McDonald allowed his beard to grow mutton
chop fashion, bought a "pattit horse" (a spot
ted pony), an old tenderfoot saddle, sucb as a
plainsman would never use and a book with
pretty pictures of fmlt In It a nurseryman's
plate book, the kind fruit tree salesmen
always carry. Then, dressed as unlike an nffl--cer
or a cowman or a Texan as possible, with
these properties he sot out, to all appearances
a genial, garrulous, easy going tree man, will
ing to sit around all day and whittle and swap
knives and yarns and to express any kind of
interest or sympathy necessary to encourage
a man to tell bis business ventures and those
of hla neighbors.
It was a pleasant excursion enough. No
fruit tree man bad been through that section
before none had ever dared, or perhaps
thought It worth while to go. McDonald's ex
cursion proved that profit awaited the seller
of tree who should first make that wilderness
his territory. Most of those bad men had
been fairly good boys at home at some time
In the past and the sight of those luminous
plates, presenting fruit of extravagant size
and coloring, made thulr mouths fairly water
at the thought of Its cultivation by the door
way of their own dugout or sod house or log
cabin. They turned the pages lovingly and
lingered over the wonderful plums and pear
aid jMUiches. As they turned they talked and
bv- ALDERJ lMGUJ-OW-
i I S 4 'S CJ I f lAb J
IS ' V I Xk y '
somehow almost without realizing It they told
a great many things about themselves and
neighbors. He wrote down the orders and
listened and chuckled at some of the yarns,
while he encouraged further confidences.
The tree man did not hesitate to give a
generous return for any such confidences. In
venting on the spot some of his own for the
purpose. The number and character of crimes
he confessed to having been accused of In
the States would be worth recording In this
history If they could be remembered now. The
tree man would then fall to abusing laws In
general and the men who enforced them In
particular and end by declaring that be waa
mightily In love with that particular section
and would stay where there was little or no
chance of meeting any of those obnoxious offi
cials. If the boys would consider him one of
them and all stand together In time of trouble.
Talk like this would open tho door for any
thing. The rest of the interview was likely to
run somewhat as follows:
"By gum," nod the big, burly Individual,
staring at a picture of such peaches as grow
only In paradise, "eatln' peaches like them
would be like holdln" up the Santa Ke express."
"That's what," assents the salesman, gaily,
"regular picnic all the tlmo. I s'pose you fel
lows In here have money to throw at the birds
after that kind of a Job."
"Well, not so much after all. Too many
to have a piece out of It. Kverybody want to
help on It ;lt has to be a pretty big basket of
money to rut In two more'n twice and leave
enough to pay."
The salesman shows a sympathetic Interest.
"Of course," ho agrees, "It's too bad to
spoil a good bunch of money by making little
piles of it. I guess you have to have a good
many, though, for a Job like that."
"No; two can do It, an' there ain't no need
of more'n three. One to take care of the en
gineer, another to pull down on the passengers
and the other man to go through 'em. It's
plum easy. They give up like sinners at a
camp meetln,' and Ihe messengers and mall
fellers come down pretty easy, too. If they
don't we put a few shots through their cars
and that fetches 'em.
"You ought to come down hero an' go In
with me. You've got a persusdln' way about
you that would make a man give up anything
he had and thank you for tnkln' It. It 'ud
pay yeh better, I reckon, than rldln' a paint
hoss over the country, peddlln' tree. That
reminds me you c'n give mo six o them
peaches an' a few o' them pears an' plums an'
a couple o' cherry trees and -some grapevines
the big yaller ones Niugarles, I think you
said they was."
And this was the drift of more than one
conversation between the Cherokee agricultur
ists and the genial tree man, who certainly
Old have a "perauadln way" In making a man
give up anything he had In the way of Infor
mation. Ho for several weeks the tree man on his
paint horse with his old tenderfoot saddle and
hla picture book loitered up through the Strip
and on over Into the Territory, on the surface
Inking orders for spring delivery and beneath
It all locating tho different communities of
offenders, the Individuals of the same, and
securing data of particular rrtmes. He ended
his canvass at last at Guthrie, a busy frontier
point on the Santa Fe, with twenty-five hun
dred dollars' worth of orders for trees, trees
which might be bearing to this day if the
spring deliveries had been made as planned.
But Milkmaid was ready now for deliveries
of a different sort -deliveries of the purchas
ers themselves Into the hands of the law. As
a preliminary step he swore out warrants for
eight men the chief operators In a very bad
community located along a small creek be
tween Guthrie and Kingfisher about 15 miles
west of the latter. He then went with hla
warrants to a deputy marshal at Guthrie and
Invited his co-operation In making tho arrests.
The Uuthrle deputy looked at him with curi
osity, wondering perhaps If this circuit riding
Texas persou was In his right mind. Clearly
the fume of BUI McDonald had not yet pene
trated Into darkest Oklahoma. ' Then, when
he had looked over BUI Jess's credentials, s.id
perhaps felt bis pulse, he said:
"If you can get a compavy of soldiers to
go along 1 might undertake that Job with you.
You don't know that Band creek crowd I do.
No two men nor tea men could go up against
tbat outfit and get back alive. Bring a com
pany of regulars over hire. If you wnnt ta
undertake that campaign."
McDonald argued and related what he had
done In No-Man's Land, but to no purpose.
McDonald went about the town trying to
enlist volunteers. He realized that a scat
tered gang would require time to ccrrnl and
that Its members would be likely to be awake
and busy before he got them all In. He did
not want a company of soldiers, for such a
force would scare the gang and accomplish
nothing. He discovered a man presently who
agreed to drive a hark, provided he would be
asked to do no fighting and would be allowed
to remain out of range.
They set out long before daybreak next
morning with a big three-seater McDonald
with an extra horse and drove to the home
of what was considered the most desperate of
the Sand creek gang a very hard looking cus
tomer who lived with his wife In a dugout In
a small clearing. Mclvmald lost no time, for
a whinny of tho horse might rouse the occu
pant of the dugout, and with his Winchester
cocked stepped across the little clearing and
without ceremony pushed open the door. As
he did so a woman steppe I directly In front
of him, calling out a warning to some one be
hind ber. In tho dimness of the place McDon
ald saw a man on a bed In the corner reach
ing for a gun which lay on the mattress near
him. It was no time for manners. With a
quick sweep of his gun tho officer pushed the
woman aside ar.d covered the man on the bed
before ho could bring his weapon to bear.
"Drop It' be said; "drop It or you're a
There was no mistaking the sincerity of
that order. The mild fruit tree peddler was
merged completely into the resolute officer,
with eyes of steel and a crisp voice that ut
tered words of unmistakable meaning. The
gun fell upon the bed. MrDonuld backed out
of tho door, ordering his prisoner and the wo
man to follow him and to make no suspicious
movements Outside, he handcuffed the man,
led him to the waiting hack and shackled him.
"First delivery," he said to the astonished
driver. "Weil go on now and make the rest."
The next hut was perhaps a mile further
along and the sun was getting up when they
arrived. As they approached they saw the
occupant standing In the doorway. Ho saw
them about the same tlmo and suspected
trouble. His horse was hitched to a mesnulte
tree, and making for It he mounted and fled.
McDonald was mounted also and gsvn chase
Tho race continued for perhaps a half mll,
when the officer realized that his man bad the
better horse and would presently get Into the
brakes and escape. Ho dismounted quickly,
therefore, aud, taking careful aim. began to
shoot at the ground near the flying horse In
such a manner that the bullet striking the
earth would go singing by very rlns o the
ears of the fugitive. H had long a, nee dis
covered that a bullet singing In that way, close
to a man's ears, has an Impressive and con
vincing sound. A man hearing a bullet sing
by like that would be willing to bet any rea
sonable sum that the next one would hit him,
especially when the command, "Halt! or I'll
get yeh, next time," came with It. With tho
second shot the disturbed rider brought his
horse up suddenly, dismounted and made mo
tions of surrender McDonald signaled hlra
to approach, Btlll keeping him covered. He
came up in good order and waa marched to
Two men were at breakfast at the next
place and Deputy Bill's Winchester covered
them before they fairly realized that they had
a morning visitor. These two were hand
cuffed together and marched to the hack. The
driver by this time had picked up a good deal
of courage and remained only a few yards be
hind. As for the outlaws, they were Inclined
to be sociable, and with the true western
American spirit discerned a certain humor In
"Hollo, Jim, you been buying fruit trees
loo?" waa tho greeting of one of the men al
ready loaded as the ..-ndcuffed pair came In.
"What did you get- peaches or pearsT"
"You go to hell, will youT You'll get a tree
with a rope on It before you get out of this
McDonald, alway good natured with his
prisoners, Joined In the bantering.
"I'm delivering," ha said; "I brought In
nice pair, this time," as he loaded hla double
capture Into tha hack.
The next house lay across quite a
stretch of prairie and the hack and Its
contents were discovered before the
approach was near enough for effec
tive action. McDonald, on horseback.
Immediately charged, but the outlaw
suspected the nature of his visitor
and. mounting his horse, raced away,
emptying his six shooter at his pur
suer. Riding and shooting backward
disturbed his aim and his bullets flew
wild. McDonald also began shooting.
to bring him to a halt, not to kilt. As
the outlaw uncased his Winchester.
however, the officer decided that It
was time to bring matters to a focus.
Dronnlng to the ground, he knelt and
sent some bullets close to the ear of
the fugitive. The rider dropped his
gun back Into the scabbard and leaped
to the ground.
"Well, you've got ne,M he called, as
he came uf.
"Hello, Joe. what you been buyln'T
I'rlckly pears, I reckon," was the
greeting from the hack as he came
nearer the latter half of the remark due to
a trickle of blood on the man's ear. where the
last bullet had sung Its warning song a trifle
The hack went to Kingfisher next morning
with every s-ht full and the driver sitting on
the knees of two prisoners. The Sand creek
gang one of the toughest gangs In tho Terri
toryIn the space of a single day and by a
single man bad been retired from buslnet-s.
The Cherokee Strip campaign was not al
lowed to languish. An outlaw community
about 15 miles north of Kingfisher and seren
miles west of Hennessey, on Turkey creek,
was raided next In the course of his trte
selling McDonald had fallen In with a man
who was peddling stolen beef. He had learned
that thl man was operating for the Turkey
creek gang and that the beef ho was selling
was really the property of the Cherokee Strip
Live Ptock association.
McDonald now went to Kingfisher, took the
beef peddler to Wichita. Kan . and put him In
Jail. Then ho got on friendly terms with him.
He gave his prisoner some good fatherly ad
vice about bad company and tho usual rewards
of becoming the tool of lawless nun The
result was a general confession and turning
of state's evidence. McDonald next morning
swore out warrants for the men named and
with a deputy marshal from Kingfisher, who
declared himself willing to go. ft out for
Turkey crock. TUy went In a hack, as usual,
and arrived before dayilght at the house of
one Charlie Tex.
When they entered they found only one man
In bej lie declared ho had Just arrived In
that country; that ihere was nobody at home
and that be knew nothing of tho owner's
whereabouts. They took him along, how
ever, and proceeded to another house not
far away, but found It also empty. Tho offi
cers now concluded that tho men had In some
manner got wind of their coming and were
hiding In the bottoms. They followed a way
down th creek, breaking through to the prai
rie again, not far from the Tex house. As
they did so they noticed the man with them
apparently trying to signal In that direction.
Then they became awaro that several men
with Winchesters were walking leisurely along
tho top of the grassy hill, cither unaware of
the presence of the officers or Indifferent to It.
Mclhmald and his associate, satisfied that
these were the men wanted, set out up the hilt
McDonald did not take tlmo to guess at
their plans, but kept straight after them, sup
posing his companion In law was following.
Tho men did not pause when they reached the
house, but inado for a half built log stable
which formed a sort of pen and. leaping Into
It. put their guns through the spaces between
the logs and yelled at McDonald to stop, swear
ing they would kill htm If he came any further.
McDonald discovered now that his partner
was not with him, nor anywhere In the neigh
borhood, and he concluded to stop and nego
tiate. "Well, boys." he said. "If you want U make
a fight you might as well get at It. It's time
for my men to bo hero. Your partner I got
yesterday said you'd likely try to start some
thing, so I come fixed for such fellows as you.
Como. lot's see what you can do."
McDonald waved hts hand as If signaling
to hts companion half a mile In the rear and
made a start toward the log fort. Before be
had taken two steps out of It piled the six out
law and broke "llckoty brlndle" for tho creek
bottom like a bunch of frightened steers. Mo
Donald ran after them and saw them leap on
their horses that they had tethered In the
bushes and go tearing down the creek, without
stopping to look behind. Deputy BUI, on his
part, was not sorry to see thera go, for they
had him at a serious disadvantage and hla
only barking had weakened. Bill Jess made
few choice remarks and they set out for King
fisher by way of Hennessey. He enlisted a
man whom ha knew, one Charley Meyer, and
two other young men anxious for adventure,
and next morning struck the trail, which ted
a they expected. In the direction of Turkey
creek. They followed It rapidly and toward
evening came upon their game. There wa
no parleying thl time. MiiHinald headed hi
force and Ouy charged with a rush. Three of
the men threw down their arm and surren
dered the other fired some scattering shots
aa they ran. and they must have kept on run'
nlng. for they troubled that oounlry no mora
Simple fluj Powerful Prescription for
Rheumatism and Lti Duck.
This wns previously publlhlied here
and cured hundred, "(let one ounce of
syrup of Haisaparlllu compound tind
onn nunm Tori Compound. Then got
half a pint of good whiskey and put
the other two Ingredients Into It. I'se
a tublospoonful of this mixture In lore
mi ll in rh I nml at boil time. Hlinkn the
botllo each time." Hood effect nre felt
tho first dny. Any druggist has thcsi
Ingredients on tin ml or will quickly get
thorn from hi wholesale houiio.
Thinking of Garden Time.
Bacon I think nun li of the tn:i'l
hu ran iniike two blind' of r.rass
grow nhero one grew before.
I-Vbert I've not got my eye on him.
I admire more the in. in who tan nuiko
only one weed grow where a dozen
It's No Wonder.
Aurora. Why are commuters nl
ways so thin
Borcalis. Probably because they
train down every day. Yule Herons.
no fain cvothks look m.i.ovf
If so, uk- ltci Cross ltall ill nr. It will niske
them white as snow. 2 oi. package S writs.
Hear your own burdens first, after
that help to carry those of other peo
ple. George Washington.
Tit m rt-RKii i a to it dats.
PAfO I'lSI W HM lm'rm-1 l.i rtr ftt f rM
of iu hlhc. liiin'1 M,-4i nc i.r I r-.iruin,. k'tmm im
tailaMuiuoir fvftUMia. two.
Scandal Is the tattle of fools who
Judge other people by themselves.
1KF4K I P Til UIIH I.ll
nh JIM i I -int II tl- i.'i'nnr IawIW rfl-
WW. Il ri'lv a' l-n'D'Uf MOiil IMl. A.i iln!
ik. V. UK. SI lli-.
It Isn't every prodigal son who get
a whack at the ohete ve;'.l.
rf r- lWn! IV'i-4. nA fnl up P frm
14 U.i".W PutKwl
Hvcry n'cM wat-l,r..un !. entitled M
til day dreams
For sore throat, &harp pain
in lung, tightness actoss tl.e
chest, huarscnos or couph,
lave the part with Sloan's
Liniment. You don't r.ccd to
rub, just lay it cn lightly. It
penetrates insta fitly to the scat
of the trouMe, relieves conges
tion and stops the pain.
Here's the Proof.
Mr. A W. Trice, Fredoms. Knot,
says : "We have used b loan's Ijiii
tnrni f w a yeir, and find II an es
l-nl thing for sore throat.) hen! pins,
ciildi. and hay feviw sua. Its. A Irw
!i"l iskrn on sni;ar stops toub.
lug and snertir.g tusiantlj."
is easier to une than porous
plasters, acts iiuii kcr and docs
nt clog up the p'teso( the si in.
It it an ciccllrnt an
lurptic remedy lor
snd all intUmrrulory
diMtatee of tha
tiu'.at and chest ;
will tweak up the
deadly memrxjui In
an attack of croup,
and will kill any kind
of neuralgia or rheu
All dmss-tafs kes
(McssrSc SOc.,1 II M.
Dr F.rl 8 Sloan,
is the word to remcmbor
whoa you need a remedy
U Li hi aJ