From the Dallas Morning News published at Dallas, Texas.
Submitted by Nita

November 17, 1885

An Interesting Case
The  curious  case  involving an invasion of the Indian Territory in pursuit of horse
flesh,  brought  by  the U. S. vs Sheriff GEORGE COOPER WRIGHT of Clay County and his
deputies, WILL BRITTON and LON BORSON, was before U. S. commissioner BENTLY yesterday
on  preliminary  hearing.  One  witness  for the government, J. R. REISE / REESE, was
examined  to  show  the  sheriff’s  force  were  seen  with  the horses in the Indian
Territory.  The case will occupy several days and in the point of details promises to
be  one  of the most interesting that has come up in this city for a number of years.
The  government’s theory appears to be based on the invalidity of the treaty with the
Indians,  which  makes  outside  interference  by  the States under whatever pretense
illegal.  From  all  the facts obtainable, it appears that Sheriff WRIGHT attached 90
head  of  horses  on the suit of MILLER vs RICE and that the sheriff put the attached
property  in  charge  of a man named MEYERS, who is alleged to have been the agent of
RICE.  The  horses  were  run  into  the Indian Territory and Sheriff WRIGHT with his
deputies crossed the “Rubicon” or Red River, overtaking and seizing the animals which
they  found  penned  five  miles  south  of Caldwell, Kansas. The MEYERS party, it is
asserted,  then went into Kansas and, after organizing a rescuing party, returned and
whipped  out  the  Sheriff’s  party by moral force of numbers and without a resort to
arms. Rice and MEYERS subsequently charged with horse theft, and in retaliation, they
made  complain  against the sheriff and his deputies for interfering with property in
the Indian Territory.



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