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Hale County, Texas, and papers for J. B. Stetson, alias
Joe Furey, W. B. Spencer and Reno Hamlin. I felt I
could confide in Boyce. He seemed a sincere, trustworthy
He willingly wrote on the back of my warrants the
authority for me to execute them in his county. This
was a great help as it gave me as much power as if I
were an officer of the State of Florida.
After leaving the Sheriff's office I walked down to
the railroad station to see who was getting into town.
Crowds drew me like steel to a magnet. In them,
I might see my men.
At the station I walked up and down, mixing freely
with the crush of people. All at once I sighted, some
distance down the long, broad walk, the dark slender
man who was the "property owner" in the deal, and who
not two hours ago had breakfasted so securely under the
official eye of the Chief of Police. The fellow was
standing near the revolving gates through which arriving
passengers gained the street.
I went up to a patrolman and engaged him in conversation.
Meanwhile I kept my eyes on the figure by
The officer said his name was Ward. (Would I
never get rid of the Ward family, I thought to myself!)
Officer Ward said he was one of the town's "old timers."
He was candidate for Sheriff, running against Sheriff
Poyce, the signer of my warrants.
This news gave me a degree of confidence. What
better opportunity would a candidate for public office
want than to have the honor of capturing one of the
Surely, this was a gift from the gods. If the Lord
had served Mr. Ward to me on a silver platter, I could
not have been more grateful. This was a chance to
prove WAard's trust and worth as a public servant. "The
right man for the right office" would be his rightful
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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/m1/91/: accessed June 24, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .