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Sam Might Have Escaped to Cherokee Nation

Arkansas

Arkansas Gazette August 8, 1838 (August 22, 1838) FIFTY DOLLARS REWARD Ran away fro the subscriber, on the 4th inst., my Negro SAM, about 40 years old, about 5 feet 8 inches high, dark complexion, slow spoken, open countenance, and but little hair on his head. He had on, when he went away, a blue jeans coat, mixed pantaloons, narrow brimmed black hat, and common brogans--besides carrying a large bundle of clothing. Possibly he may have obtained a forged pass, as he had about $500 in his possession. He has probably made for the Cherokee nation west, with some gang of Indians, or he may have gone to Maury county, Tennessee, where he lived before he was brought to Arkansas. I will give the above reward for him in any jail in the United States. NOAH H. BADGETT Little Rock, August 6, 1838