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Cherokee Outlaws SAM STARR and BEN FOREMAN death news article

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Cherokee Outlaws SAM STARR and BEN FOREMAN death news article

Posted: 28 Jun 2009 6:39AM GMT
Classification: Death
Surnames: Starr, Foreman
I ran across this while searching the Dallas Morning News Archives. Dallas Morning News 21 Dec 1886 pg. 5
The Oldest and Bloodiest in Cherokee Nation Ended by a Double Tragedy.
Fort Smith, Ark, Dec. 20 - Another bloody Indian Territory murder has just come to light, and two more Indian desperadoes have been sent to the happy hunting ground. For many years there has existed a deadly feud between the Foremans and the Starrs, of the Cherokee Nation. About six months ago Sam Starr had his horse shot from under him while riding along through the lonely woods in the Nation. Suspecting Ben Foreman of the deed, he determined to avenge it, but was waylaid and shot by some of his enemies near Younger's Bend. His wounds being considered fatal, he was taken to a house, and while all of the guards were at dinner, Sam Starr, wounded as he was, seized a Winchester rifle, disarmed his guard and escaped to Younger's Bend, where he lay concealed until his wife the notorious Belle Starr, assisted him to escape by swimming the Arkansas River and traveling by night to Fort Smith. Sam Starr was charged with robbing the United States mail, and while here he surrendered himself to the authorities, but when able to travel Starr returned to the Nation. Saturday he started to Fort Smith, but stopped at a dance near Foreman's ranch. Ben Foreman was there. Starr demanded pay for the horse he killed, when Foreman drew his pistol and fired, shooting Starr through the heart. Starr had out his pistol and fired as he fell. The bullet broke Foreman's neck and both died almost instantly. This ends one of the oldest and bloodiest feuds of the many that have existed in the Cherokee Nation - a feud that has lasted for fifty years and resulted in the death of many men on both sides."
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