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Excerpt from my gg uncles memoirs
Sat May 26, 2018 1:54pm

About a week afterwards he brought in a man by the name of Taylor, one of Belle Starís gang. West was a U.S. Marshall under the Indian agent. He got a tip that Taylor was coming up from Texas, so West and his boys waited for him at the ford of the Canadian River. They waited two nights. The road, where it came out of the River, had a cut in the bank as the bank of the river was about 8 or 10 feet high. The night was cold and wet and just at daylight they saw their man coming across. When he got in the cut (he had on a yellow slicker or raincoat) the man with West stepped out and told him to hold up his hands but he did not do it but went for his gun. Then West stepped out and leveled my old shot gun on him. When Taylor looked down the barrel of that gun, he said, ďMy God, there is John West with a shot gunĒ and put up his hands alright.
They rushed him right along and got him to Muscogee that afternoon, taking no chance of a rescue by the rest of the gang. There was a posse of U.S. Marshals camped about ten miles from town that John wanted to turn Taylor over to but they didnít get to town until next morning. These U.S. Marshal were the Dalton Brothers, afterwards the noted outlaws. There was no jail and West had to handcuff the prisoner to him and lay down on a blanket on the floor of the store beside the old cannon stove. About midnight West woke up just in time to see Taylor reaching for the stove poker. They sat up the rest of the night.

It had rained all night and left ponds of water in the low places in the prairie. When the two officers started to camp they was all covered up in their slicker coats and about half there, when they were crossing one of these ponds in the road. Taylor dropped behind and yelled at them to run for it or he would kill them both. You may know what Taylorís reputation was, and they put spurs to their horses and run for it and Taylor turned off the road and made for Youngerís band bend the headquarters of the Belle Star gang.

The officers came back to town and reported the escape. When I saw West soon after he was plenty worried. When I asked him what the trouble was he said that he had Taylorís gun. You see Taylor could overlook getting arrested, but for another man to take his gun and keep it was another thing.

The next time I saw West I asked him about the Taylor gun and he laughed. He said that it has worked out all right for on his way home an old Indian hailed him and told him that Taylor had come by the afternoon before and told him that if West came by that way, to tell him to leave the gun with him. ďAnd you bet I didĒ said West ďand had a load off my mind at the same time.Ē This gun episode is just a fair sample of some of the old codes of the time.

  • Outlaw named Taylor, Indian Territorygobby git, Sat May 26 1:22pm
    I can't get to my books but Belle's "husband" Jim July implicated one Fox Taylor in a horse stealing case August of 1887 .. hope this helps ... there were a couple of part-Cherokee Thomas Fox Taylors ... more
    • Excerpt from my gg uncles memoirs — Lissa, Sat May 26 1:54pm
      • Excerpt from my gg uncles memoirsgobby git, Sat May 26 2:49pm
        Lissa ... this stuff is really interesting and needs getting out there somehow ... with mention of both the Youngers and Daltons, I'm certain that lots of people would also be interested ... it might ... more
        • Re: Excerpt from my gg uncles memoirslissa, Sun May 27 9:37am
          I agree and am working on doing just that. Right now I am adding footnotes to identify everyone that he mentions. I am also adding maps, does anyone know where Younger's Bend was located? Once I am... more
          • Re: Excerpt from my gg uncles memoirsgobby git, Sun May 27 2:29pm
            Wonderful ... best of luck with it ... The land is private property, so all visitors enter at their own risk. Took Hwy 40 west from Fort Smith. Took exit 278 Turned left onto Hwy 2 thru Porum to... more
            • Re: Excerpt from my gg uncles memoirsChrisV, Sun May 27 2:47pm
              Being a property owner, I don't think I would want someone on the internet giving directions to find a grave on my property. Id have the webmaster delete this message asap
              • Re: Excerpt from my gg uncles memoirsgobby git, Tue May 29 3:24am
                Chris ... jolly good show ... while YOU ARE here ... would you give the examples of Dan's articles that have multiple issues? ... I've always found him extremely punctilious ... pip pip, cheerio and... more
                • Playing the freshman teamChrisV, Tue May 29 5:23am
                  Usually I only play against the varsity, but Ill make an exception in your case Leaving Cholila - Date is wrong for Ryan and Clark document. Should be Dec 30, 1904. Listed as Dec. 4, 1905 Leaving... more
                  • Playing the freshman teamgobby git, Tue May 29 5:35am
                    Chris ... apologies if I've mislead ... my quote was from "If you want to play grammar police" ... I realised Dan was at a dead end when Clyde Snow visited Cholila on TV in the nineties ... the... more
                • Re: Excerpt from my gg uncles memoirsChrisV, Tue May 29 4:48am
                  Sure buddy. Why don't you check the Santiago Ryan signature that he posted as authentic. Its fake. Ill start listing other mistakes when I get a chance, but it will be today..
              • Re: Excerpt from my gg uncles memoirsgobby git, Mon May 28 2:30am
                It's all readily available on Google ... at least a page of links ... none of which I used ... there's even a Facebook and TripAdvisor page ...
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