Prisoner Escape

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Sat July 17 2004, 02:17 PM
Oklahoma Kid
Prisoner Escape
This article is from the Methodist newspaper, Our Brother in Red, which was published in the Indian Territory. April 25, 1891
Eufaula, I.T., April 20... Those who, through the storm of Sunday, traveled from the country round, the nearest railroad station being this point, some 60 miles distat to the Court House of the Wewoka district, Creek Nation, to witness the execution of the seven negroes condemned to be shot today were doomed to disappointment. No prisoners were to be seen, and all the officers were scouring the woods in pursuit of four of the condemned men, who through the carelessness of their guards, escaped Friday night and have not been recaptured. Those who escaped were Ross Riley, Perry Johnson, Cudjo Barnett and Douglas Brown. The latter convicted for the third time of horse-stealing was, under the laws of the Nation, condemned to be shot. The other three of the seven; Lake Andy, Prince Hawkins and Jeff Brown; were pardoned Saturday by Governor Perryman.
Sat July 17 2004, 02:26 PM
Oklahoma Kid
The article continued:
"The crime for which six of the men were sentenced was the killing of Robert Reed and Wiley Wallo, two Tulsatown Indians, who, with warrants for a negro named Bruner on October 20, 1889, in attempting to arrest him, killed him. In retaliation Lake Andy, Prince Hawkins, Jeff Brown, Ross Riley, Perry Johnson, Cudjo Barnett and Caesar James, the latter convicted but not captured, rode from a neighboring church, after hearing the news of Bruner's killing, to Tulsatown and killed Reed and Wallo shooting them literally to pieces.

So 20 light horsemen of the Wewoka and Deep Fork districts had been summoned to the scene of the proposed executions to prevent any rescue by friends of the condemned men, rumors of which were afloat, but arrived too late. The Tulsatown Indians are greatly excited and trouble is anticipated. There was but one guard over the men, who were chained together, a negro, Robert Taylor, a light horseman of the Wewoka district, and it is thought that he connived at their escape. In the light of surrounding circumstances, in fact, it is thought that the authorities were not worried whether the prisoners escaped or not. The Tulsatown Indians demand that every effort be made for the recapture of the escaped men."

If the execution of the seven men had taken place it would have been the largest one in the Indian Territory by Indian court jurisdiction.