The Oklahoma Star
March 12, 1875
A Double Murder
On Thursday of last week the bodies of two white men were found in some drift wood on Caney Creek, about one hundred yards below the crossing of the road between here and Boggy Depot. One of them was shot in the back of the head, the ball lodging above the eye; and the other stabbed several times in the breast with a knife.
Their clothes were all on them except their boots and hats which were not found. From papers found in their pockets it was supposed they were peddling medicines or were connected with that business in some way. On an envelope was the address- M. R. Wilson, Greenfield, Dade County, Mo. One of the men was apparently about 40 years of age and the other between 25 and 30.
On the lonely banks of the little stream, far from the friends who will meet them no more, with the murmuring waters and mournful winds to sigh their sad requiem, were made the graves of the murdered strangers.
Scarcely a week passes but we are called upon to chronicle one or more cold-blooded murders and still the horrible tale is left half untold.
The bones of many an unavenged victim lie bleaching in some lone and secluded spot, where they will remain till by the fist of the Almighty the earth and the sea surrender their dead. And strange to say, in the face of all these terrible facts, there are men here, pious men, followers of the meek and lowly Nazarene, who will write to religious journals in the states denying the existence of thieves and murderers among us. And there are others who object to the name of “Oklahoma” and in their opposition to it are fast winning for us the ignominious title of Pandemonium.
The only protection we now have you may say comes from a foreign government, which of course is much less efficient than if we had a well organized government of our own; and yet we will go on in our present helpless condition, impotent to check the carnival of crime, which is fearfully on the increase from year to year.
The United States would be doing an act of Christian kindness to give us a better government, regardless of any treaty stipulations, or protestations of well paid delegates and unless she does so, and that soon, nobody’s life will be safe, either at home or on the public highway.