On April 22, 1891, the Cherokee Advocate at Tahlequah, Indian Territory, published the following short note about a hastily arranged marriage across the border from Arkansas.
"Quite a sensational marriage occured [sic] in our usually quiet city on Wednesday morning, the contracting parties were Mr. J.A. Arnet of Fayetteville, Ark., and Miss Alice Fancher, of Berryville, Ark. It seems that it was extreme circumstances at home compelled them to come abroad in order that the marriage vows might be solemized [sic]. Miss Fancher is the beautiful seventeen year old daughter of a prominent merchant in Berryville, while Mr. Arnet is a prominent young business man at Fayetteville; the happy couple returned to implore the forgiveness [of] their angry parents."