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Found Dead on His Claim

Guthrie, I.T., Dec. 14 – Dr. Martin Cheney, formerly of Kingman, Kan., was found dead on his claim about six miles southeast of here yesterday afternoon.  He had been shot in the head with a rifle and was still warm when it was reported and the deputy marshals reached him.  When shot he was sitting on a log at the edge of the woods and was probably mistaken for a deer, as several hunting parties were scouring the woods at that place.  He had been here since April 22 and had a fine claim and no contest.  He leaves a sister and two children in Waco, Tex.  The Globe-Republican, Dodge City, Kansas.  December 18, 1889.  Page 2.  © Transcribed by Darren McMannis for the Kansas Council of Genealogical Societies Inc.