ON THE MAIN CANADIAN
Murder Two Men and Wound the Third One.
On the evening
of July 2nd, as W. W. Woods, Troy Stockstill, James Henderson, and
T. H. Candy were driving up the Shoto valley, at a small creek emptying
into the Main Canadian, about 18 miles above Johnson’s store, and 80
miles from Fort Reno, near where the Chisholm trail crosses the
river, they noticed four men riding in a slow lope toward their
camp. Mr. Stockstill and Woods were on their horses, and James
Henderson was standing in front of the wagon, while the cook and one
herder were close by. Candy was with the herd and not in sight.
The men rode up,
halted, and remarked: “Hello, boys, how are you getting along?”
One of the party
After taking a
glance around, the men all dismounted at once, and drawing their
revolvers, the leader said: “I guess we will have to arrest you.”
That game had
been played often in the Territory, to “arrest” men under pretense
of law, and then disarm and rob them, but these men fully understood
the movement, and Stockstill said: “No, you don’t,” and drew his
pistol and raised his arm to fire. Just then one of the robbers shot
him in the side, which caused his horse to turn, and another shot
was put in his stomach. The horse then ran with the lifeless body
a full half a mile, when the corpse fell clear of the saddle to the
shot in the heart and dropped dead in his tracks as he stood unarmed
before them. Several shots where then fired at the cook as he ran;
and also the herder, who was badly wounded in the arm.
At the first
shot, Woods’ horse became unmanageable and ran half a mile with him
before he could control him. As soon as he could turn him he made
towards camp, when the robbers sent a volley after him from their
Winchester rifles, shooting his horse from under him.
horse ran he was shot twice.
herder was then requested to step out where they could finish him;
but he begged so hard for his life that he was allowed to go.
was a resident of Medicine Lodge, Barbour County, Kansas, where he
had been engaged in raising cattle, and was a gentleman and
well-respected citizen. He leaves a wife and six children, the
oldest being young ladies of about 17 or 18 years.
was a single man, whose parents live in Oskaloosa, Kansas.
This is only one
case out of many that are transpiring almost continually in the
In the section
we speak of there are at least forty outlaws from Texas, Arkansas,
and Missouri, and the state of society is fearful.
Many an officer
in search of criminals that have gone into this and other
neighborhoods have mysteriously disappeared, and never been heard
from, all going to prove that the Territory should be brought into
the Union and have competent men and civil laws instead of being a
den for desperadoes.