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They Were His Bones

Gasper Edwards Explains the Sylvia Mystery

Several years ago Gasper Edwards, who is now an attorney at law in Oklahoma City, lived on a farm in Grove township, this county. He was a student and the anatomy of animals and of humans was a part of the studies in which he was much interested. He studied at home and then went west to Montana, where he also kept in touch with matters pertaining to physiology.

Recently the old farm, on which he lived, was suspected of being the burial ground of human bones and an investigation was made by Sheriff Duckworth and Coroner Schoor of Hutchinson disclosed the fact that some human bones had been discovered there, and they were brought to Dr. Schoor’s office. The following letter from Mr. Edwards, tells the tale of the bones – and some others that are yet undiscovered.

“Mr. W. Y Morgan, Hutchinson, Kan. Dear Friend: - It has been a good while since I had a letter from you. Now I had better write you. The occasion for this writing being an item in an Eastern paper written from Sylvia, in regard to a human arm found on the farm of one Sheldon, south of Sylvia. That is the farm once owned by my mother. I think I can explain that murder pretty well. They are looking for the grave. If they will go to the foot of Bear Paw mountain on the north of Montana, near the Canadian line they will find the spot where I gave an Indian boy 15 cents for that hand and arm in the year 1893, also if they will look around the Sheldon farm they will find a foot of an Indian girl for which I gave Harry Long Knife a nickel. The foot is in a good state of mummification. I wish you would tell the sheriff and coroner that the property is mine and only lost, and I forbid them from using it in any other way than justified by a finder. I have always blamed mother for disposing of my specimens because she was “ghostly” and did not like for me to have them or use them in my physiology classes.

David Long Fox and Harry Long Knife were my vendors. The lex loci contractus was Harlem, Montana, the total consideration was twenty cents (20), the terms of purchase was to transfer absolute title at once for cash in hand.

Now tell the boys as I say. Your friend: Gasper Edwards”

The Hutchinson News
Thursday, May 27, 1909