Arizona Album: Rangers soon ran out of outlaws

2012-05-13T00:00:00Z Arizona Album: Rangers soon ran out of outlawsGeorge H. Smalley Tucson Citizen Arizona Daily Star
May 13, 2012 12:00 am  • 

This piece was published on Feb. 17, 1954.

Gov. Alexander O. Brodie in 1872, upon his graduation from the United States Military Academy, came to Fort Apache, Ariz., where he won distinction in Apache Indian battles. He later served Teddy Roosevelt as a lieutenant colonel in his famous Rough Rider Regiment. In the battle of Las Guasimas, a bullet shattered his left arm.

As governor of Arizona territory, from 1902 to 1906, he took personal command through Capt. Rynning of ridding the territory of outlaws. He required each member of the Arizona Ranger force to file daily reports.

Habitually silent in speech, many of the Rangers confined their daily reports to terse sentences. Ranger Billy Olds had been sent to capture an outlaw last seen riding south of Tucson. His reports for a week merely stated he was trailing the outlaw. Then came his final report.

It read: "Cut his trail short ways from the Mexican border. He turned in his saddle and drawd. I tuck his body to Arivaca."

Lt. Johnny Foster of the Rangers went to Clifton to investigate activities of a horse thief operating in the White Mountain country. Ranger Barfoot, a good trailer and sharpshooter, had been assigned to capture the outlaw. Barfoot appeared one day and took Lt. Foster to a corral.

"There she be," exclaimed Ranger Barfoot. "There is the evidence." He pointed to the brand on a horse.

"But where is the horse thief?" asked Lt. Foster.

"Oh, he's daid," Barfoot explained nonchalantly.

These stories were part of a column, Pioneer Anecdotes, written by George H. Smalley, editor of the Tucson Citizen from 1898 to 1901.

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