Guthrie, Okla., May 27. - Sheriff Elliott, who recently went
to British Columbia, has wired here that the prisoner under
arrest there is Sam Green, one of the men under indictment for
murdering Sheriff Bullard and Deputy Sheriff Cogburn, in 1902.
Extradition papers are being prepared at Washington, asking for
the return of Green to Oklahoma. When arrested the prisoner gave
his name as G. McGiven. He arrived at Vancouver in April from
Portland, Oregon. Sheriff Elliott went to Portland, in
September, 1905, and to North Dakota in August, 1904, when he was
informed of the supposed arrest of Green and his co-partner, Pete
Whitehead. Both trips, however, were wild goose chases, but the
Vancouver prisoner is positively identified as Green.
The killing of Jack Bullard, sheriff of Roger Mills county
and his deputy Cogburn, occurred in June, 1902, near Cheyenne.
Pete Whitehead and the Green boys, Sam and Richard, with Mrs. Sam
Green and a confederate named Otis Stuhl, were in hiding near
Cheyenne, having in their possession a bunch of alleged stolen
horses. Bullard learned of their whereabouts and with Cogburn
went to arrest them. As they approached the underbrush, where
Green and his partners were hiding, the latter opened fire on the
officers, instantly killing Bullard and fatally injuring Cogburn.
All members of the Green-Whitehead gang made their escape,
excepting Stuhl and Mrs. Sam Green. Following their arrest, the
defense was made that Bullard and Cogburn had called the women of
the gang thieves and outlaws, and that the members of the gang
fired on the officers to protect the honor of their women. But
little evidence was ever given this story, however.