|CROCKETT WEEKLY COURIER - June 16, 1893|
On Wednesday evening two young men arrived in our town
from Leon County. They were mounted on splendid horses and had a
third horse with them. They put up at Berry's hotel, and nothing
in their conduct betrayed the fact of their being crooks.
way his pal was going, he made
the pursuers believe that he
was also in pursuit as an officer, and they innocently gave him the very information he desired. He actually had the audacity to invite Sheriff Robinson's deputy, who is a mere lad, to accompany him through the woods in the pursuit. Had the young man done so he would probably have had to surrender his horse at the point of a pistol, for this is just what the fellow wanted with him. The coolness displayed by the second man and the honor he displayed in sticking to his pal have made many people rejoice at his escape.
Our account of the attempt to arrest the fugitive was incorrect in some respects. The facts are about as follows:
Ben Tullis and Jernor Pearce came through Leon County from Limestone or Milam. They shot at some peddlers in Leon, and then, it is said, robbed them.
The peddlers made complaint and a couple of deputies followed them to Crockett.
Sheriff Daniels undertook to arrest the one that was having his horse shod. The man fled. He was shot at by Sheriff Daniels three times near the blacksmith shop. John Spence also emptied his pistol at him.
Two dozen or more took after the fugitive who got into LeGory's pasture. Over there he was shot at some fifteen times, making in all, according to the most reliable accounts, some twenty odd shots that were fired at him.
He made his escape to the woods and down the railroad. Just before day he called on Charley Brannen at Lovelady to hire a horse. Brannen refused to let him have it, but gets up and wakes up John Wakefield who opened his saloon.
Tullis appeared at the saloon and called for a drink. Wakefield handed out a decanter with his left hand and threw a pistol down on him with his right. He was taken in this way.
He was brought up in the afternoon by Sheriff Daniels and lodged in jail. The writer interviewed Tullis soon after he came in. He said he was from Limestone County and had been farming there; that he and his pal who escaped were on their way to Sabine County; that he (Tullis) was 22 years old and a native of Glenville Parish, Louisiana; that his partner was only 18 years of age; that he (Tullis) had been in this county twice before; that he was acquainted with Dan Little and inquired where Dan lived; he said with all the shooting the crowd did he only heard two balls; that he didn't want to hurt any body and could have killed several of them; that he bought a ticket at Lovelady intending to take the train north, but concluded he would hire a horse and come back for the horses here.
One of the horses in the stable here is claimed by a man in Milam County and an exact description of the horse appeared in the News last week. Sheriff Daniel has advertised both horses and the owner of the other will probably turn up soon.