A Gang of Horse Thieves.
In Arkansas a gang of horse thieves had for the chief assistant a young woman, a bleached blonde ' Sorrel Sue.' She was given this name because she always rode a sorrel horse. Her horse womanship and dashing manner brought her many admirers. Two of her admirers fought, one was killed, and the survivor was severely wounded; A surgeon who was sent for mistook the direction, and walked into the cabin occupied by ' Sorrel Sue.' Before he could be put out he saw certain things which aroused his suspicions. These he reported to the sheriff who with a posse of police surrounded the den of horse thieves, capturing Sue and two of her gang. The sheriff found a horse enveloped in a jacket made out of rubber coats, being treated to a sulphur vapor bath. The appliances were very ingenious, and worked very well. A black or bay horse would be stolen and run into the bleachery. Alter its color was changed and its tail and mane trimmed, the disguise became so pronounced that without any great risk the animal could be taken in daylight through the very district from which it had I been stolen. It was Sue's business not only to superintend the bleaching, but also to ride the animal out of the country.
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A Gang of Horse Thieves., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2440, 13 June 1890
A Gang of Horse Thieves. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2440, 13 June 1890
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