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    Document Signed Twice Deputy Marshall "Frank M. Canton" alias Joe Horner 1897. Frank M. Canton alias "Joe Horner". Partly Printed Document Signed Twice: "F.M. Canton" as Field Deputy Marshal, One page, 8.50" x 14". (District of Oklahoma Territory), 27th July 1897. The famed western outlaw turned lawman has filled out a form charging the government for expenses.

    Joe Horner (1849-1927) was a bank robber and rustler. He was jailed in 1877 for robbing a bank at Comanche, Texas but escaped. He legally changed his name to Frank M. Canton and vowed to uphold law and order. By 1882, he was a respectable ranch owner in Wyoming and was elected Sheriff of Johnson County. In 1891, Canton joined Frank Wolcott's Regulators, a group of gunmen hired by the cattlemen to wipe out the settlers in Johnson County. After the siege of the KC Ranch and the murders of settlers Nate Champion and Nick Ray, Canton and the others were tried for murder but, with the influence of the cattlemen, had the venue changed from Johnson County to Cheyenne, where they were tried and freed. Canton became Deputy U.S. Marshal under Judge Isaac Parker, the "Hanging Judge". He also became Deputy U.S. Marshal during the gold rush days in Alaska's Klondike and befriended writer Rex Beach, who used him as a model for many of the frontier heroes portrayed in his books. Very desirable autograph of one of the important characters of the American West.
    Affidavit of field deputy to voucher, District of Oklahoma, F. M. Canton, deputy United States Marshall for said district, being duly sworn, deposes and says that the annexed account for Two Hundred Forty dollars and Fifty Five cents for services performed and expenses incurred by him from July 1st to July 22nd, 1897., is true and correct; that the services therein charged were actually and necessarily incurred and paid by him in lawful money; that in each case where an arrest was made the defendant was taken before the nearest circuit court commissioners, or the nearest judicial officer having jurisdiction under existing laws, and that all mileage charged is for travel made with cost to me. (Signed) "F. M. Canton," Deputy Marshall. Sworn to and subscribed before me this 27th day of July, 1897. George m. Buckner U. S. Comm. $189.65. July 27. 1897. Received of Patrick S. Hagle, U. S. Marshal for the ____ District of Oklahoma, the sum of One Hundred Eighty Five dollars and Sixty five cents, in full payment of the amount due for fees and expenses as shown by the annexed account. (Signed again) "F. M. Canton," Field Deputy Marshal.

    Condition: Very fine, small spindle hole at top left, small tears in creases

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