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The Indian advocate. ([Sacred Heart, Okla.]) 1???-1910, October 01, 1902, Image 6

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2g4 The Indian Advocate.
When the threat was made he had a premonition of what was
about to happen. He knew that the parties who had mur
dered the others would find a time and place to carry out their
threats toward his father. Therefore he began the onslaught
instead of assuming the defensive. The first act that com
promised Tom Starr and outlined his desperate career was the
killing of David Buffington. A number of people had assem
bled to witness a foot-race between a white man named Frank
Marrs and a negro, the property of one of the Johnsons.
Angry words were exchanged between -Buffington an 1 Starr
relative to the political troubles of the time, which ended in a
duel between them. The former used a pistol, the latter a
long knife. Starr, being quick as lightning in his movements,
succeeded in stabbing his opponent fatally before the other
had time to use his pistol with effect, and David Buffington
was slain. From that time forward Tom Starr became an
outlaw, on the scout from place to place, and rarely sleeping
beneath a roof for months at a time. His father was mur
dered soon afterward, and this fact only tended to render the
young man more reckless, for he determined to slay every
Ross man that he met with to whom he could attribute any
enmity toward his father while alive, or any share in his sub
sequent death. Tom had, no doubt, many warm friends
among the Ridge party, to whom he could occasionally look
for shelter, but he rarely trespassed upon the privacy or ex
clusiveness of anybody; he was outlawed by the party in
power, and he accepted the inevitable. He was not very long
on the scout before he was joined by several white men who,
like himself, were fugitives from justice. But a more daring
outlaw than Tom Starr never existed since the days of Robin
Hood. While the enemy was hot upon his trail he would
occasionally stop at a house and eat a hurried meal, leaving
instructions if anybody should inquire for him, to put the
pursuers directly on his trail and furnish them with the cor
rect time that he had taken his departure, adding, further,

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