Badman Dick Glass (Part 2)
But what starts a man on the outlaw trail? Some sociologist might argue that it was the fact that Dick Glass was half Creek and half Negro. Maybe he was not welcomed by the Indian, black or white community. This can hardly be true as there were many people who were of this mixture and were solid, upstanding, hard working citizens. Some of the finest lawmen, such as Bass Reeves, of the era were of such ancestry.
It is more likely that Glass took to scouting, like so many others, because it was easier to sell whisky, steal horses and cattle than it was to cultivate forty acres of corn with a Georgia stock and team of mules. Just as with the Daltons, Doolins, and the other white outlaws, the end of the large cattle ranches in Oklahoma Territory meant they had to start farming on their own. It was also much easier for them to steal than work.
The start of Glass’ troubles were stated in a letter to the U.S. Indian Agent in Washington stating that a group of Cherokees had come to the Creek Nation falsely stating that they were U.S. Deputy Marshals. They “arrested” two Creek/Negroes and stated they were taking them back to stand trial in the Cherokee Nation. They didn’t make it far. About two miles from where they were arrested, the Cherokee vigilantes lynched the two black men and riddled their bodies with bullets. When the bodies were found, Glass and other Creek/Negroes of the area went into the Cherokee Nation and exacted vengeance against these vigilantes. Glass asked the Agent if he could surrender and be tried anywhere but the Cherokee Nation but the agent never replied. Dick Glass’ time had run out for all his evil misdeeds.
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