"BIG HAUL--MERRY PRISONERS"

Submitted by Deborah Brown Musgrove


Fort Smith New Era
Jan 19, 1883

"U.S. Deputy Marshals W.F. Jones and Elijah Andrew came in on Tuesday with twelve prisonrs from the B.I.T. They were carrietwo wagons and on their way through town one of the prisoners seated on a box played lively tunes on a violin, attracting quite a crowd.

These twelve prisoners were only a part of the twenty-three arrested in the Indian Territory by Messrs. Jones and Andrew. On a preliminary examinatin before Commissioner Harrison at Fayetteville three were acquitted and eight bound over for trial here. Most of the parties were arrested for introducing and selling wisky in the Indian Territory and some for horse stealing and attempt to kill."