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Cattle Driven From The Strip Into Orlando

Cattle Driven From The Strip Into Orlando

Guthrie News, July 4, 1893- The Hennessey Clipper

The people of Orlando were thrown into a great state of excitement early yesterday morning by the advent into that flourishing burg of some 800 or 1,000 cattle. The inhabitants, in the early morning, were awakened by the roar and bellowing of cattle that come rushing through the town, driven in from the strip by the soldiers, who declare that they are determined to follow orders, which are that every head of cattle on the strip must be cleared off before the end of the month. This is a significant order, and would seem to indicate that the strip may open in August.

The farmers of Orlando are in a high state of anxiety and imagination, not only on account of the destruction of crops made by the rush, but also for fear that their cattle may become inoculated with the Texas fever, which is said to be raging among the cattle on the strip. A considerable damage was done to the farm of Mr. Beasley, in Orlando, and also on the land of Mr. Boyce.

It was discovered later in the morning that the vast drove belonged to Zack Mulhall, who was soon notified, and his men were sent up to take charge and make arrangements to ship them to Kansas City

The farmers are much exercised over the methods of the soldiers and Mr. Beasley and Mr. Boyce are determined if they can find out how to proceed to make some one pay for the damages they have sustained. Orland, being right on the border, is likely to be continually overrun with strip cattle and all that are found browsing in that direction, will be driven over that particular lien. This makes the situation very exasperating and it is little wonder that the farmers are mad.

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