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Submitted by: Mollie Stehno
NOT A VOLUNTARY OUTLAW
The Cherokee AdvocateFebruary 6, 1895
It appears he did not as first become an outlaw from choice. For a long time he was engaged in bringing whiskey into the Territory in large quantities, and was very successful in eluding the officers. After a long chase the deputies cornered him once, and he was in such close quarters that he was compelled to kill a deputy to escape. A price was then put upon his head, and from that day he plunged into the wildest of crimes and became an outlaw whose acts terrorized the whole southwest. Along he committed many deeds, at which the whole Cook or Dalton gangs would quail, and many a wild chase he led the deputy marshals and the Indian police over the Territory. Finally, wearying of this carnival of crime, he retired to the mountains and settled down to live a quiet life with a wife whose influence and a promise to marry him were undoubtedly the grates motive leading him to give u his wild life.
Entrenched among the wild hills and passes, surrounded on all sides by friends and neighbors who admire him for his bravery and loyalty, he feels secure and altogether at home. If any stranger appears in the neighborhood he is always warned and should they come to his abode he is always prepared to receive them-sometimes in a very unlooked for manner. It is said that several marshals and detectives who have gone to his home in disguise have never returned to tell the tale of their adventures, and other officers who scouted in the vicinity have received such effective warnings that nothing could ever induce them to return.
He has an interesting family, among them a handsome and well-educated grown daughter. He spends a good portion of his time in farming pursuits, and has the reputation of being a good neighbor.
Of late the deputy marshals and other officers have given him a wide berth, and to the outside world the name of Bill Pigeon, the Cherokee outlaw, is almost forgotten, but very few people knowing that he is still alive.
We publish the above in order to show what wonderful liars some correspondents are. The only Henry Starr (outlaw) we know of is now in the Fort Smith jail, whose age is about 22 years. Ned Christie was wanted for murder, but never led any raids. He was by himself when he murdered George Maple, a deputy marshal, and remained to himself until his death, and was in no way connected with any gang of outlaws. Belle Reed, or Starr, which ever you please was a white woman who came to this country from Clay County, Mo., with the James and Younger Brothers along in 1868.
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