Norfleet: the actual experiences of a Texas rancher's 30,000-mile transcontinental chase after five confidence men. Page: 17 of 369
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It was dated Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, and read:
"Your message forwarded me here. Will say that
we have lcevcr dealt in laJnds that far west, but would
suggest that yozu go home with this party, making persoial
intspectiont of the farm. Send us samiiples of soil
fromt different parts of the land. Give detailed report of
coniditions and citizenship of the country. All of which
will receive due consideration."
Shortly after receipt of this telegram he received
another message from Garrett Thompson dated Oklahoma
City, saying that he had been called to El Paso,
Texas, on business and would leave on next train, going
via Dallas, and would like to meet and have a personal
interview with owner of the land and asked us to meet
him at the Adolphus Hotel.
Just after the arrival of the train, on which Thompson
was supposed to have come, Spencer and I went to
the Adolphus. Spencer went to the desk and upon
being advised that Thompson had not registered, came
over to the chair in which I was seated. He stood back
of my chair slightly to the left.
As I settled back into the seat I pressed against
something which felt like a magazine. I reached behind
me and drew forth a bill book. I examined it and remarked:
"Some fellow has lost his pocketbook."
Spencer moved around to my right and sat down in
the chair next to me.
Upon examining the purse, I saw it contained a
Masonic card which bore the name of J. B. Stetson;
$240.00 in currency; copy of bond payable to McLean
cipher code letter; a card showing that J. B. Stetson
was a member of United Brokers, and some other papers
all bearing the name of J. B. Stetson.
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Norfleet, J. Frank, 1864-. Norfleet: the actual experiences of a Texas rancher's 30,000-mile transcontinental chase after five confidence men., book, 1924; Ft. Worth, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth5864/m1/17/: accessed April 30, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .