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    J. C. Hancock: Tale Concerning Cochise County. TLS by J. C. Hancock, Paradise, Cochise County, Arizona, to John A. Curry, Douglas, Arizona, October 9, 1935, on Hancock's letterhead, 1 page, 8.5" x 11," as U.S. Commissioner and Notary Public. James Covington Hancock (1860-1937), in addition to U.S. commissioner and notary public, also served as justice of the peace and postmaster in Paradise, Cochise County, Arizona. He wrote many articles and stories about the history of Cochise County. In this letter Hancock relates a story, or "old yoke," about a teenage girl who was taken prisoner by Apache Indians in 1873 and later rescued in 1876 by soldiers of the 2nd Cavalry. Although the girl's family had been killed by the Indians, she resisted being taken away from the tribe she had been living with for three years. She showed the soldiers where her family was killed. Hancock states that he visited the site years later and found the place where the soldiers had buried the bodies of the girl's family. He also mentioned that he subsequently learned that the girl returned to live with the Indians. Hancock added a p.s. to the letter stating that the bones and a fragment of the headboard he found were deposited with the Arizona Pioneer's Society in Tucson. On the bottom of the letter there is a statement printed in ink by James Hancock, possibly Hancock's son, which reads "John took pleasure in sharing with others his source of much information on early history of Arizona." The letter is attached to cardboard, the back of which has glue residue indicating the cardboard had been attached to something else at one time. Nevertheless, the letter is in good condition.

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