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    Autograph Signed Document "John Selman," El Paso County, Texas, 1894. Autograph Document Signed "John Selman". One page, two sided pre-printed document, 8.5" x 14", January 30 1894. Selman lived on both sides of the law. His career included cattle rustling, robbery and murder and also arresting cattle rustlers, robbers and murderers. His brother and fellow outlaw Tom Cat Selman had been lynched when they were taken into custody, but John was transferred back to Shackleford County for trial. He had lived there several years earlier and had connected with gunfighter John Larn. Together, they rustled cattle and robbed. In jail in Shackleford County, Selman bribed his jailers and escaped. He fled to Mexico and sold farm equipment. In 1888, upon hearing news that he was cleared of rustling charges in Texas, he moved to El Paso with his two sons. He then led a life on the right side of the law, being elected City Constable in 1892. On August 19, 1895, he killed Texas' most notorious gunfighter, John Wesley Hardin, for money that was owed him. Holding his gun to the back of Hardin's head while Hardin was throwing dice at the Acme Saloon in El Paso, Selman pulled the trigger. Witnesses say that Hardin reached for his six-shooter as he fell to the floor. Selman kept shooting, even though Hardin lay dead. The gunfighter's death came as a huge relief to many townspeople. Ironically, Selman was killed the next year by a fellow lawman who owed him money.

    State of Texas pre-printed document from El Paso County. Reads, in part: The said W. A. Blackburn is plaintiff, against the said H. M. Patterson defendant filed on the 30 day of January A. D. 1894 and numbered docket No. 1058. The nature of plaintiff demand being in substance quit upon account for $119.00 being the value of 7 head of beef cattle sold by plaintiff to defend and at defendants request for $17. 00 per head...return came to hand on the 30 day of January A. D. 1894, and executed on the 31 day of January A. D. 1894 by delivering to H. M. Patterson the within named defendant in person a true copy of this citation." The document is boldly signed "John Selman."

    Condition:
    Fine, have some archival tape repairs in folds.


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