[Globe, Arizona? ca.1889?]. Cabinet card photo, 4 x 5.5 in., laid down on stiff card stock (4.25 x 6.5 in.), image faded. White lettering on the photo identifies the group of ten men as "Apache Prisoners," and one man is additionally labeled "Apache Kid." Printed vertically at the right margin, on the backing card is the caption "Arizona Indian Village." Item #65048
The photo was likely taken after the conclusion of a trial at the territorial court in Globe, Arizona. The Apache Kid, Es-ki-bi-nadel [or Haskay-bay-nay-ntayl], a San Carlos (?) Apache had served as a scout for the U.S. Cavalry in Arizona Territory under Al Sieber, Chief of the Army Scouts from about 1882. An altercation amongst the Native American scouts in 1887, resulted in the deaths of one or two. When Sieber attempted to arrest them he was wounded in the ankle and crippled for life, blaming the Apache Kid for his injury. At a trial in Globe, Arizona in 1888, the Kid along with three other Native American scouts was convicted of assault and ordered to serve ten years in jail. Their convictions were overturned and they were released. A new trial was ordered in October 1889, again in Globe at the territorial court. The four were convicted once more, and they were locked up in the county jail presided over by Sheriff Glenn Reynolds, along with six other Apaches. Presumably that is the group of prisoners depicted in this photo, likely the last known image taken of the Apache Kid.
Sheriff Reynolds, along with his deputy William Holmes, were charged with transporting the group to the railway station in Casa Grande, on their way to Yuma Territorial Prison. He enlisted Gene Middleton to drive the stage coach. Along the way, the Apache prisoners overpowered their guards, killed the sheriff and the deputy and escaped. The Apache Kid was never recaptured. [see: H.B. Wharfield's article "Apache Kid and the Record," in the Journal of Arizona History, Vol. 6, No. 1 (Spring, 1965), pp. 37-46].