FORD COUNTY, KANSAS

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MR. ENOS MOSLEY MURDERED IN COLD BLOOD WHILE ASLEEP

One of the most cowardly, sneaking, villainous, under-handed murders was committed at the cattle camp of Messrs. Murphey & Hines on Saw Log creek, last Thursday morning, that the annals of crime have ever been stained with.

The name of the murderer is William Samples. He came from Texas this season with a herd of cattle belonging to Messrs. Murphey & Hines. It seems that he was suspicious of every stranger who came in his way. The supposition is that he had committed some depredation in Texas and was in constant fear of being captured, as the following incident, related by one of the cow boys will prove: While coming up from Texas the boss herder hired a man to help with the herd; Samples got it into his head that the new hand was an officer seeking to arrest him and one day when the two were out together Samples presented a revolver to his head and asked if he had a warrant for him. The new herder convinced Samples that he was not an officer and had no warrant and his life was spared. Samples always slept with a cocked revolver in his hand. The day before the murder was committed Enos Mosely went to work for Murphey & Hines. The only conversation he ever had with Samples was about some tobacco. No ill feeling whatever existed between the two. They never saw each other before that day. The night of the murder Mosely went to bed in the wagon, but finding it too warm there got out and prepared a bed on the ground, near where Samples and the other herders slept. This might have been what aroused Samples' suspicion and made him think Mosley was watching him. Mosley was never in Texas, therefore the assertion made by Samples that Mosley had followed him from Texas for the purpose of killing him was utterly untrue.

Enos Mosley was a young man about 18 years old. He was well liked by all who knew him - a sober, industrious young man - and sustained a good reputation. His home was in Barbour county where he and his brother have a cattle ranch on Medicine Lodge Creek. He is a son of Capt. Mosley, who was killed by the Kiowa Indians in Barbour County in the summer of 1872. Has a sister in Wilson County and a brother, John Mosley. John Mosley is the man who was in command of the Barbour county malitia in 1874, during the Indian outbreak. At the head of eleven men he repulsed a large band of Indians, five of whom bit the dust. John is now on the road here from New Mexico, in charge of a herd of cattle belonging to Mr. Jesse Evans and is expected here in about two weeks. He is highly spoken of.

Enos Mosley came up from Barbour about three weeks ago and went to work for Mr. Grimes. He remained with Grimes about two weeks but quit on account of a general reduction of wages. He then stopped in Dodge City about a week, looking for work, finally hiring to the firm above mentioned.

Mr. M. W. Sutton has known the Mosley brothers for five years, and Enos was in his office frequently while stopping in the city. Mr. Sutton holds both the boys in high esteem and did all in his power to give unfortunate Enos a respectable burial, it being impossible to preserve the until the arrival of his relatives.

The burial took place Thursday afternoon, Trustee Beatty officiating. The body was enclosed in a neat coffin and carefully committed to the earth. The remains will probably be removed by the brother to the place where the mother of the unfortunate young man is buried.

Coroner Galland summoned a jury and held an inquest with the following result:

V. F. Oden being duly sworn on his oath, says that Bob Lanterdale had been out to the herd, and had just came in and laid down; we both laid close to Wm. Samples, the murder, as we came up to lay down he spoke to us and asked us how the herd was getting along; we answered that they were all right. He then asked who that was laying there at his feet; I told him that was a stranger; at the same time I spoke to a man who was in bed with him; I told him to take his foot away from his head; the man I spoke to was Cartwright. This man Samples said "I believe that is the son of a bitch I want to kill," and at the same time fired his pistol and shot him. We all jumped up and told him he hd murdered this man; he said he did not care if he had; that he heard him and Trimble say they were going to kill him that night; said the man had got out of the wagon and was waiting for him to go to sleep. One of the men ran towards the wagon and was halted by the murderer. I saw the flash of the pistol; the man was asleep when shot; do not know of any conversation between the parties before the shooting except some little talk about tobacco; Samples has been working for me about three months; was not a drinking man that I know of. W. F. Oden.

S. Cartwright being duly sworn on his oath, says: Mr. Oden told me that I had my foot in the man's face, and that woke me up; this man Samples he says, "Is that you, Volery and Bob?" they said yes. He asked them how the herd was. He asked who that was laying there. Oden replied that it was the stranger: he says "that is the son of a bitch I have been wanting to kill." He raised up and fired; he shot right over me - I was lying on one side of him. He made several threats after the shooting. Tremble was walking off and Samples asked Lauterdale who that was - he then threw his pistol down on Tremble and said he had a notion to kill that son of a bitch. Mr. Lauterdale stepped between and said not to shoot. We left camp for fear he would shoot us. I never saw the parties together. The shooting took place about 2 o'clock, a.m. on August 2d, 1877 his G. x. Cartwright. mark.

Attest:

G. E. Hadder

The ball entered the top of the head about four inches above the left temple and cam eout at the back of the head. The young man never woke from his sleep but remained unconscious until death.

STATE OF KANSAS, Ford County SS

An inquisition holden in the county and State aforesaid, on the 2d day of August, A. D. 1877, before me, S. Galland, Coroner of said county on the body of Enos Moseley, there lying dead by the jurors whose names are hereto subscribed.

The said jurors upon their oaths do say that the body is the body of Enos Moseley, who came to his death on the 2d day of August, A. D. 1877 and that said death was caused by a gun shot or pistol shot wound inflicted upon him on the 2d day of August A.d. 1877 by Williams Samlpes and that said woudning was done feloniously.

In testimony whereof the said jurors have hereunto set their hands on this 2d day of August A.D. 1877. G. E. Hadder, Foreman; John Mueller; Jurors, Jas F. Maion; G. M. Hoover; J. Collar; P. Sughrue - Attest: S. Galland, Coroner.

After the murderer's shot one of the herders started toward the wagon where a loaded gun was kept, but he was stopped by Samples, who, with revolver in hand, kept he unarmed herders at bay, while he mounted a pony standing near and fled in the darkness.

Sheriff Bassett, Under-Sheriff Masterson, Al. Updegraff and one of the herders started out soon after the news came to town and spent two days scouring the country in search of Samples but failed to get trace of him.

Late Thursday evening, after the return of the officers, some of the herders came in and reported that they had caputured Samples, shooting him three times before he surrendered. For further particulars see local page. (Dodge City Times, August 4, 1877)

THE HOMICIDE AT CIMARRON

On Sunday morning Dodge City was startled with the announcement that A. J. Shumate had been killed early that morning, at Cimarron, a station on the Santa Fe railroad, 20 miles west of Dodge City, by W. J. Dixon, proprietor of a hotel and saloon. The announcement may have been a surprise, but it was not wholly unlooked for. Shumate, when not under the influence of liquor was a respectable gentleman in conduct and manner. He had acquired a notoriety for desperation, seemingly cultivated by numerous indiscreet acts of his while under the influence of strong drink. He did not appear to be a bad man at heart. In social intercourse he was civil and kind. What induced him to possess a fancy for the border ruffian is unaccountable. Border ruffian conduct was entirely foreign to his nature, yet he kept in fear the citizens of Cimarron, and upon several occasions threatened the life of his assailant, W. J. Dixon. He imposed on Dixon upon several occasions---fired off his revolver in Dixon's house, and several times leveled his gun at Dixon.

Saturday night Dixon came to Dodge City and procured firearms. He returned Sunday morning to Cimarron, when the fatal encounter took place between himself and Shumate. Shumate was killed in Dixon's house. Three shots entered the body and two shots struck the head, producing instant death. Wm. Heady, coroner of Ford county, held an inquest Sunday afternoon, and the jury returned a verdict that the deceased came to his death in the manner stated, and that the act was justifiable.

As near as we can learn the shooting took place at the door of Dixon's house. Shumate had been trying to get into Dixon's house and attempted to knock down the door. Shumate was standing in the door when the first shot was fired. He moved to go when other shots were fired. Shumate was armed and had his hand on his pistol when the first shot was fired at him. The body lay just off the porch of the house in the hot sun, from 8 a.m. Sunday morning, the time of the shooting, until 5 p.m., of the same day. The inquest was not completed until Monday morning. Coroner Heady made a thorough examination, and all the facts connected with the horrible affair were brought out. From him we gather the particulars of the homicide.

Shumate's course had alienated all the friendship of his townsmen. These were none to give him a respectable burial. Coroner Heady had a rude coffin made, and directed the burial, assisted by a few persons, on Monday, and the last A. J. Shumate was consigned to the eternal resting place.

The deceased leaves a wife and three small children. Shumate formerly kept store in Cimarron, some months ago his stock having been seized for debt. He had given up to dissipation considerably of late, and his rash conduct terminated his career distracefully. He was about 30 years of age. He was a man of fair intellectual attainments and possessed good business qualities. He had been a resident of this portion of the State for several years past; and at one time resided at Larned.

The family of the decased is visiting in Illinois. When the news of the taking off of husband and father reaches them there will be grief, suffering and disgrace. But a bad course and intemperate habits had shaken the love and affection of a wife and children, and perhaps the pain may not be so heard, though the disgrace will never be effaced from the minds of the loving ones. A husband and father striken down in this manner and under such circumstances, is a blight on the tender ones who are left alone, young and helpless, in the world. Their cup of joy will be tinged with sorrow, their happiness will be lined with sadness---there will be a dark spot in the white cloud that lights them in the journey of life. The sympathy of a kind and loving people is extended to those who have been made sorrowful over the sad event. (Dodge City Times ~ June 29, 1882)

MURDER IN DODGE CITY

On Tuesday night a murder was committed in this city in that part of town south of the railroad track. Henry Heck and John Gill, alias "Concho," bestowed their affections upon the same "soiled dove." "Concho" holding the fort, as it were. Heck applied for admission to the room in which "Concho" and the prostitute were occupying and while standing at the door of the room received a pistol shot, the ball striking him on the right side below the nipple and entering the lung. Heck walked to the saloon near by and calling for a drink, remarked to the barkeeper that he had been shot. He walked out of the bar room returning a few minutes fell down and expired without a groan. He died about half an hour after the shooting. Heck was about 30 years of age, and kept a ranch south of town. He was formerly engaged in a dance hall in this city.

Gill, alias Concho, was arrested and placed in jail. It is stated that he was lying in bed sick at the time he fired the fatal shot. Coroner Staughn held the inquest Wednesday morning and the above facts were elicited. The jury returned a verdict that the murder was done feloniously and without cause.

It has been some time since a murder has been committed in Dodge City, but the shooting Tuesday night offers no parallel to any of the crimes committed here. There was no provocation and is hinted that the unfortunate Heck was the victim of a conspiracy the facts of which may be developed upon the trial of the murderer. (Dodge City Times, November 20, 1880)

 


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