Bea Elizabeth Phillips was alive – but not mentioned (in the original)!

The Saturday, June 9, 1894, edition of the Ardmore Oklahoma Daily Ardmoreite featured an interview with the widow (Jane Bliven Dalton) of Bill (Mason Frakes) Dalton who had recently been killed by U.S. Marshals. The article was altered by Bill Phillips with an added reference to "Mrs. Elizabeth Phillips", that "proves" that she was a sister to Bill Dalton of the Dalton Gang and a daughter of James Lewis and Adeline Lee (Younger) Dalton.

This altered newspaper account of the story of Bill Dalton's death was offered by Bill Phillips to researchers as another (fraudulent) proof.

The altered newspaper article

MRS. DALTON TALKS

.... My husband has five living brothers. They are Charles, aged forty-three; Coleman, forty; Littleton, thirty-six (the six is handwritten) Simon, fifteen and Emmett, who is serving a life sentence in Lansing penitentiary. Of these Charlie lives in King Fisher County, Oklahoma, and the younger one with his mother in the same county. There are four sisters of whom two at home with their mother, aged twenty and eighteen years respectfully. The others Mrs. Whipple, lives near Kingfisher, age twenty seven and Mrs. Elizabeth Phillips who lives north of Ardmore in the community of Tussey, her age is thirty-eight. She will not talk of the history of Bill since he began to lead a life of crime, nor drop a word that will throw light on the identity of his comrades....

Source: Bill "Dalton" Phillips

The original newspaper article

Compare the sisters as listed in the altered version above and in the original exhibited here.

The Ardmore Daily Ardmoreite, Ardmore, Chickasaw Nation, Saturday, June 9, 1894

.... My husband has five living brothers. They are Charles, aged forty-three; Coleman; forty; Littleton, thirty-eight (the eight was replaced with a handwritten six on the altered version above); Simon, fifteen and Emmett, who is serving a life sentence in Lansing penitentiary. Of these Charlie lives in King Fisher county, Oklahoma, and the younger one with his mother in the same county. There are three sisters of whom two are at home with their mother, aged twenty and eighteen years respectfully. The other, Mrs. Whipple, lives near Kingfisher. She will not ....

All the living children are listed, but no one named Bea or Elizabeth or Phillips is mentioned and Bea Elizabeth Phillips, alleged sister to Bill Dalton, only lived ten miles away.

See the full article here.

Source: Ardmore Daily Ardmoreite, 1894

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