I wasn't going to post this story until I found out how it ends, but then I decided to let YOU help me. I took a quick look at the court records and census records and newspaper records and couldn't find much. I'm hoping someone reading this will know what happened to Elias Loring. As you will read, he was convicted of murder and sentenced to be executed. Many papers reported that he was executed. However, several papers later reported that the execution didn't take place. Okay, so what happened after his reprieve?? That's what I can't find. I do know:
1. Susan Loring asked for a divorce from Elias in February of 1885. However, you will note that the account of his execution says his "two wives" attended.
2. Elias was fined $10 for adultry in August of 1885.
3. Elias does not appear with Susan in the 1896 census.
4. Thompson Harris asked the court for letters of guardianship for the estate of Elias Loring in October of 1900.
The Daily Advocate
March 11, 1893
Caddo, I.T.- Elias Loring, aged 28 years, a full-blooded Indian, was executed at Pushmataha court house yesterday for the murder of Susan Cravatt, an old woman living in a lonely section about 10 miles east of here on Jan. 3. Loring claimed the woman had bewitched him. The execution was carried out according to the customs of the territory. The condemned man was shot by a detail of deputy marshals.
The Daily Citizen
Iowa City, Iowa
Shot According to Law
Caddo, I.T., March 11- At noon Friday Sheriff Phillip Johnson, of Jackson County, Choctaw Nation, shot to death Elias Loring, in accordance with the sentence passed upon him by Judge Hampton at the February term of the district court at Pushmataha. Loring, January 30th, shot and killed Granny Cravatt, an aged Indian woman, who, he alleged, had bewitched him. Loring was a full blooded Chickasaw, about 30 years old.
Galveston Daily News
March 11, 1893
Execution of an Indian
Elais Loring Shot in Accordance With Choctaw Law
Caddo, I.T. March 10- At noon today, Elias Loring, a full-blooded Chickasaw Indian, was shot to death by Sheriff Johnson of Jackson County, Choctaw Nation. He, on January 30, inst., shot Granny Cravatt, an aged Indian woman, who he alleged bewitched him.
The Galveston Daily News
March 12, 1893
Loring is Still Alive
A Fast Riding Courier Arrived in the Nick of Time
The Reporters Get Lost in the Thicket and So No Notice
of the Postponement Was Sent Out
Caddo, I.T., March 11, Elias Loring is not dead and just what his fate will be has not yet been decided. The Associated Press item in The News and other morning dailies announcing his execution under date of this piece was no doubt upon what was at 1:00 o’clock pm considered very reliable authority. There was no man especially representing the Associated Press at Pushmataha, nor was any telegram sent directly form Caddo to that effect except the one to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, filed at 12:30pm and the wording of which was nearly, but not exactly like that of the press report.
The representatives of The News, New York Herald, St. Louis dailies, Sherman daily, and territory papers were on the scene, and but for unforeseen difficulties in the way of the flooded fords and inconvenient ferries which prevented any report from reaching Caddo until after 10 o’clock this morning, the true termination of the affair would have appeared this morning While the reporters were on route and making arrangements to cross the river, several shots accompanied by loud hollering was heard and Tom McClure, a member of Governor Jones’ light horsemen came crashing through a path covered with undergrowth, waving a paper bearing an official seal and calling Phillip Johnson to stop and not cross over, as he bore a stay of proceedings in the case in accordance with the ruling of the last source of appeal to Tuskahoma. The reporters made a grab to get sight of the stay of procedure, but he was off like a shot and gone.
The execution was to have taken place at 12 o’clock. He had to ride ten miles and ford a raging, rushing stream in about an hour. Would he do it? It was a question involving a human life. The reportorial party got across the river and driving through sloughs, bayous, and bogs axle deep, reached the court ground at 12:30 to find that the efficient and persevering policeman, Joseph McClure, had reached Sheriff Johnson and stayed the execution, but none too soon. In less than ten minutes more Elias Loring would have met his fate and the stay granted by the higher court would have been useless. Loring is calmly awaiting the determination of his case, and does not seem worried at all. His two wives were on the execution grounds to see him shot, and were likewise taking it as a matter of course.
In attempting to get to Caddo to send in their reports, the reporters were lost in one of the most interminable thickets of tangled small growth in the whole nation and were compelled at 1 am to go into camp and await daylight and a guide. The overflow has washed away all the evidence of some of the roads and it was simply guesswork even with the natives themselves.
Note: You can read more about Elias and his crime on Stories Too Long.