W.H. Steadham & Matt Brogdon Fight
After sleeping with the horses, W.H. Steadham and John Marlin returned
to the ranch house about ten miles westward of Graham, and seven miles
from Newcastle, and were preparing breakfast. W.H. Steadham, Matt
Brogdon, Archie Midland, and Worth Timmons, went to the lot to turn
out some cattle, and to turn eight herd of horses into the field.
Shortly afterwards, two Indians were discovered trying to drive the
horses away. So W.H. Steadham and Matt Brogdon took after the horse
thieves. The Indians, were overtaken and a horse was shot from under
one of them. This savage then mounted the steed of the other, and
the two Indians went dashing away, but when they were closely crowded,
the Indian behind jumped off, and ran up a ditch. W.H. Steadham took
after the Indian on the horse, and an exciting chase followed before
the Indians escaped. Some red blankets, tied around the Indians' necks,
were dropped. It was discovered that the horse killed, belonged to
the Hittson outfit.
The above story is from the book, The West Texas Frontier, by
Joseph Carroll McConnell.