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Fort Cobb-the destruction of property and the indiscriminate
slaughter, and almost entire extermination of the Tankaway [sic]
tribe of Indians; the only tribe of the "Reserves" true and loyal to
Death of James Dixon."'
The first victim of this infamous plot was James Dixon. Mr.
Dixon was a quiet and peaceable citizen and had taken little or
no part in the arrest and trial of the members of the order. After
the general arrest had been made, and pending the trial of the
prisoners, Mr. Dixon visited his friend on Red River. It was soon
proposed to go hunting. When they had reached river bottom,
they discovered a man in the edge of the timber, whose strange
conduct attracted their attention. They approached the swamp and
(the man having concealed himself) began a search.
Immediately they were fired upon by a body of men in ambush,
and Dixon fell from his horse, mortally wounded.
His friend made his escape, and soon obtained sufficient strength
to recover the body of Dixon. When he returned with his neigh-
bors, Dixon was dead. He had evidently received some attention
at the hands of his murderers-perhaps died under the sting of
their insults and wicked menaces and execrations.
He had been removed from the spot where he fell and placed
in the shade of a swamp oak, his hat placed over his face; and
other circumstances plainly indicated the presence of the mur-
derers at the site of the dying man.
His wife, so highly esteemed for her many virtues and exemplary
and Christian character, became a prey to inconsolable grief and
died with a broken heart soon after the murder of her husband.
Death of Col Young"'
'7James [M.?] Dixon was born in North Carolina in 1826 and migrated after 1850
to Cooke County, Texas, by way of Missouri. U. S. Eighth Census, 186o (Returns of
Schedule i, Free Inhabitants, for Cooke County, Texas, microfilm, Dallas Public
Library), family no. 82.
'"With this heading on the last extant page of his manuscript, George W. Diamond
indicated his intention to include a recapitulation of the circumstances of the death
of W. C. Young, as he had of the death of James Dixon. If Diamond wrote such an
addendum, it has not been discovered among his papers, or elsewhere.
Texas State Historical Association. The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 66, July 1962 - April, 1963. Austin, Texas. The Portal to Texas History. http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth101196/. Accessed March 29, 2015.