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The Times (DC)
The Times (DC)
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Description: Indian Elopers' Doom - Staked to Be Eaten by Alligators

Date: July 12 1897

Newspaper published in: Washington, DC


Page/Column: Page 1, Column 6

Staked in the Water to Be Eaten by Alligators
Fort Lauderdale, Fla., July 11.--The report has been current here for a week of an execution at the Seminole camp, fifty miles southeast of here, in the Glades. Yesterday James Jumper was in town and with him were several of his neighbors. One of them, Black Sim, said that two months ago an Indian called Tiger Cat eloped with a chief's wife.
The tribe rose at this. Adultery and theft are said to be capital crimes with them. The missing couple were captured two weeks later. They were brought home, and after a council lasting two days and three nights were doomed to be eaten by alligators.
The prisoners were taken to the south end of Little Gator Key. They were stripped and tied to stakes near the water's edge, about fifty feet apart. The Indians then tied a dog between them to attract the alligators. For an entire day they were left in the hot sun, and it was not till near sundown that the 'gators came out and made for the howling dog. He was seized and torn to pieces in a moment. The gators then turned their attention to the two prisoners tied before them, and killed them.

Submitted: 05/27/16

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