Belle Starr

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Belle Starr - Booze lUng is biatit fiftoala; "BeQ Starr...
Booze lUng is biatit fiftoala; "BeQ Starr oanyon,i !that iiairt6\»' gorge, lying ]t)etwe«n - the little town of Pornm find the Canadiian riv «r, farnons as a rendezvous for outlgws^ in 'the early dRys"^ of <the Indian coiin try and natajted after the notorious woman despeirtido whose adventures were the sensation of this section for a score! of years, is now the protecting wilderness for the biggest moonshine still known to be in operation^ =ln Eastern Oklahoma. Still reaming its original picturesqueness and charm of a wilderness, nestling between two rocky peaks overlooking the Canadian bottoms And only accessible by trail, the mountain fastness furnishes, a natural screen for the wliisky ring that -is said to be shipping out moonshin? in wholesale quantities. Almost as strange as the ^ales told about Belle Starr_smV her nervy achievements are the stories that are now being told about the moonshine plant that operates behind the barrier of rough shrubbery so plentiful in the neighborr hood where the celebrated woman outlaw of the southwest, jf not of the entire country, lived niost of her life and was buried. Those who claim to know the location of the distillery say it Is not located so very far from the grave |of Bele Starr which S still marked crude flag stone and with a still more crude bell and star cut upon its face to identify the last resting place of the woman bandit. And not far from the stilj is the cabin that Belle Starr built-in the early 'SO's 'with the avowed purpose of leading a reformed life, a purpose that went astray when her I associates in crime found i her retreat and insi3ted upon mak- it their nrndev^jus while scout- ing from the officers. ft was 33 years ago last Febru- 3 that an ass.issin s bullet fired into the back ended the ca- of Beile Starr. There has al- way.s been more -or less mystery as to who killed Belle Starr, but siis- was strongly fastened on •rjKdgar Wat.son, an outlaw -from who was later slain fol- escape from the peni- at Little Rock, Ark. Many Florida, his Belle's friends believe that she was killed by her son, Ed Reed, who had been given an nuniereiful whipping by Belle for mistreating her favorite pony.

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  1. The Checotah Times,
  2. 17 Mar 1922, Fri,
  3. Page 4

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