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SLAVE POSES AS AN INDIAN

OKLAHOMA, Arkansas

*Arkansas Gazette* June 3, 1840 (June 17, 1840) $100 REWARD Ran away from my farm, at Magnet cove, in Hot Spring county, on the night of the 26th instant, a dark mulatto boy, named CARTER. He is about twenty years old, five feet six or seven inches high, well formed, and weighs about one hundred and thirty five or forty pounds. He is a smart, active, and sensible boy, has a good countenance, and answers quickly when spoken to. He has not had much experience in working on a farm, but, as I have been informed, has been engaged mostly as a house and body servant. I bought him in March last, of Daniel R. Coody, of the Cherokee Nation, and think it very probable that he is making his way back to Mr. Coody's neighborhood, who, I believe resides not far distant from Fort Gibson. He had on, when he left, white pantaloons, a striped cotton shirt, a lead-colored or purple silk velvet vest, a cotton handkerchief round his head, which is left behind, and coarse brogan shoes. He had a coat of fine blue-cloth, fashionably made, the sleeves worn into holes on the under side, but it is not known whether or not he took a coat with him. He took the liberty of riding off a handsome, fine blooded, sorrel mare, about fifteen hands high, five or six years old, branded on the shoulder, and ham with a large W, and with a small, oblong O, on the upper part of the shoulder, at or near the man, was shod all round, walks and trots well, and can be made to pace a little, in very fine order, and, if my recollection is correct, she is a bright sorrel, without a single white hair. He took also a saddle and bridle, the saddle of the Spanish order, the seat covered with a sheep-skin, and stirrups of brass. I will give fifty dollars for the delivery to me, at Little Rock, of the boy and mare, if taken within the State of Arkansas, or one hundred dollars if taken out of the State, or a liberal compensation for either, or to have the boy deposited in any jail where I can get him. Should I be absent from the city Elias N. Conway will set as my agent. JAMES S. CONWAY Little Rock, 28th May, 1840 P.S. Since the above was written, it has been ascertained that he crossed the Arkansas river, at this place, passing himself off for an Indian, being dressed similar to an Indian, and has possibly started for Illinois, or some other state, although he inquired the direction for Fort Smith. He had with him a pocket map of Arkansas and a pocket compass.