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    John Selman: A Great 1880 Document Charging Him with Theft of Cattle. Selman had been charged in October 1878 by grand jury in Shackleford, Texas. Nearly two years later he was apparently apprehended in Presidio County, and this document instructs the sheriff there to keep him safe until his court appearance. On verso is a notation by an army sergeant Carruthers regarding his transport. Selman was never convicted however, as he escaped and fled to Chihuahua, Mexico, where he hid out until 1888.

    It is well documented that in 1879-80 Selman was operating in and around Lincoln County, New Mexico, leading a gang known as "Selman's Scouts" or "Rustlers," who were believed to be responsible for various acts of rape, murder and cattle rustling. However it is interesting to note that this charge logged in Shackleford in October, 1878 pre-dates that crime spree. Selman would return to Texas in 1880, operating in Jefferson Davis County. He was apprehended by Texas Ranger Joe McKidrict and sent back to Shackleford, but never would stand trial.

    This significant Selman document measures 7.75" x 6.5" and is in excellent condition with two minor small stains noted for accuracy.

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