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Cowboy's Ghastly Find.

Carney, Kan; Aug. 27-- John Requa, a cowboy, brought the news to this town yesterday of a ghastly find which he had made just north of the Lehan ranch, in the Osage nation, southwest of here.

While searching for some stray cattle, Requa came upon the dead bodies of a man and woman lying in a clump of trees just off the Cedarville and Pawhuska trail. The bodies had been partial devoured by the wolves, but the features will still intact.

The woman was young, golden haired, and beautiful. The man was apparently 60 years old. The pair had been moving through the country in a wagon, and from a note that was found in the wagon, it was evident that they had committed suicide. The note was in the man's handwriting, and stated that they were out of money; that starvation stared them in the face, and they had concluded to die together in this wild and unknown place. The note was not signed.

The bodies had evidently been there several days, as they were badly decomposed. One of the horses, which was tied to the wagon, was so nearly starved to death that it could not stand up. The only clew to the the identity of the pair is an envelope, found in the wagon and bearing the address "T.B. Slavens, Moberly, Mo." The spot where they were found is ten miles from any house, and in the wildest portion of the Osage nation, being surrounded by hills on all sides.

Moberly (Missouri) Monitor, September 7, 1899.


I believe a couple of the location names in the piece are incorrect. Caney, Kansas, located in the southwestern corner of Montgomery County. Just north of the state line, the Osage Nation of Oklahoma is to the southwest of the town, as per the story. Cedar Vale is a small town in Chautauqua County, west of Caney, and Pawhuska is in Osage County, Oklahoma, almost straight south of Cedar Vale. So using modern maps, the bodies were probably found in area bounded by the Kansas-Oklahoma state line on the north, highway 60 on the south, and highways 93 and 18 on the east and west.