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carefully. They were the descriptions of the same crew
about to 'tap' him. They had used the same methods
on him that you described; even gave the same names.
He wanted them pinched, so I took a chance on holding
them and wired Sheriff Clark at Fort Worth for information.
He wired back 'hold them.' So here they
are as cozy as two bugs in a rug! Have them as a
"I wish I'd known this," I exclaimed, thinking of
the railroad fare.
"I sent a wire to you at the ranch, but you must
have just missed it. Sheriff Clark's deputy, Milton
Williams, is on his way here now to take the pair of
them back to Fort Worth for trial."
"Who was the man who brought you the newspaper
clipping?" I asked out of curiosity.
"Oh, he's a fellow from Corpus Christi, Texas.
Cathey, he said, was his name."
"Cathey!" I exploded, nearly tipping over in my
"Cathey? Well, I'll be hanged."
"If it had not been for that newspaper story probably
Ward and Gerber would have been this minute
distributing Christmas presents bought with Cathey's
I looked Cathey up.
He told me he had been approached in the same
manner as I had. He also had "sat" on the mysterious
Mr. Stetson's wallet! Indeed, they had used the identical
credentials on him that were my own downfall. Cathey
fell for their line "even as I."
However just as the deal was about to be closed
he saw the news story, recognized his business associates
as my swindlers, and woke up with a bang! He then
dashed bareheaded from the hotel into the street and
inquired of the first cop he met where the Sheriff's
He was seen asking directions from the policeman
Here’s what’s next.
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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/m1/57/: accessed September 23, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .