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    As U.S. Deputy Marshal, Grat Dalton, two years before he and his brothers turned to crime, submits expenses incurred in arresting legendary Creek Nation leader Billie Bruner

    Grattan Dalton (Dalton Gang) Signed Expense Bill. Partly Printed Document Signed "G Dalton" as Deputy United States Marshal, one page, 8.5" x 13.75". Fort Smith, Arkansas, March 26, 1889. In the case of United States versus William Bruner and William Berryhill "in the Western District of Arkansas before United States District Court Commissioner Jas Brizzolan Esq Charge Murder In the Indian Country," Dalton requests reimbursement for expenses. In part "Warrant Dated March 15 1889 served by Deputy Marshal G Dalton By arresting Defts at Tulsa I.T. March 15 1889 - 4.00...Actual Expenses 4 day's feeding 2 prisoners from Mar 15 to Mar 18 - 6.00 Mileage returning 2 prisoners 160 miles each 320 miles at 10 cents per mile from Place of arrest to Fort Smith, Ark., 32.00 Service of Warrant of Final Commitment and Committing 2 prisoners to Jail Mar 20 1889 3.00..." Dalton added $1.50 for issuing subpoenas for the plaintiff's witnesses, deputy marshals J. B. Heady, William Burgess, and Robert Cox, and $2.00 for his attendance "during examination Mar 20 1889 before Commissioner" for a total of $48.50 plus $131.24 brought forward for a grand total of $179.74. The document is chipped at the edges, not affecting any text. It is in fine condition.

    William "Billie" Bruner, a Creek Indian about 27 years old, frequently helped U.S. Deputy Marshall W. A. Moody in his work as a law officer. Early in 1889, Moody and four other deputies, Grat Dalton, J. B. Heady, William Burgess, and Robert Cox, sought the arrest of Jeff Berryhill, a young Creek, for larceny. Without warning, they attacked the Berryhill home. Bruner happened to be there at the time. In the ensuing gunfight, Moody was killed and Dalton was shot in the arm. On March 15, 1889, a warrant was obtained for the arrest of Bruner and "one Berry" for the murder of "W. A. Moody, a white man and not an Indian." On Marc

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