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McMullen Co., TX - 10 Nov 1914 - Deposition of Selina Tope, for claimant, taken at Tilden, Tex.

Court of Claims of the United States

Indian Depredation No. 1791

William W. Talbert v. the United States et al.

Deposition of Selina Tope, for claimant, taken at Tilden, Tex., on the 10th day of November, A. D. 1914.

Claimant Counsel, Harry Peyton, Esq.; defendants' counsel, John A. Hendricks, Esq.

SELINA TOPE, having been first sworn, states:

My name is Selina Tope. I am the wife of James Tope. I am not related to W. W. Talbert, and have no interest in the case.

Direct Examination:

Question. Please state, if you recall the incident, when Nolan and Sam Bruce had a fight with some Indians and Nolan killed a horse belonging to Talbert that was being ridden by an Indian.

Answer. Yes, sir; I remember it.

Question. Did you see any Indians at that time?

Answer. Yes, sir; six or seven Indians came down the bank of the Nueces just before that. I was on the opposite side of the river and saw them. I understood that they went on down a few miles and then swung around and were going up the country when they met up with Nolan and Bruce, and Nolan shot at one of them, who was riding Talbert's horse, and killed the horse. When they turned back north they were going toward Talbert's pasture, and it was about there they met up with Nolan and Bruce. I heard all about this just after I saw the Indians, and we all were satisfied that they were the same Indians, or that is what the men all said. Of course I don't know anything more than that. I saw the Indians as they passed on down the Nueces and then heard about Nolan and Bruce meeting them, and only know what the men said about it. I did not know what Indians they were, nor what horses they got.

Cross examination waived.

Recieved from Melody Askins

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