“THE WILD CARD”

ALICE IVERS

— CIGAR-SMOKING LADY GAMBLER — The young woman, a professional gambler, sat the poker table dressed in an elegant low-cut gown. A cloud of smoke from a large black stogie gripped between her lips drifted across the front of her face.

 

Alice Ivers Tubbs, better known as Poker Alice, studied the cards in her hand trying to decide whether to raise the bet.

Born in 1851, her family […]

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“TO HEAVEN AND BACK”

OUTLAW AND LAWMAN

— A VIVID IMAGINATION — The booze flowed generously among the men gathered around a table in the darkened saloon. They laughed and rolled their eyes listening to the tall tales spun by James McIntire—an outlaw, and former lawman.

On this particular night, McIntire told about the time he served as deputy sheriff of Mobeetie, Texas.

McIntire claimed he ran two deadly gunmen out […]

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“THE TRAIN ROBBERS”

DISASTEROUS DEBUT

— A DISASTEROUS DEBUT — The engineer of  Southern Pacific train #17 traveling from San Francisco to Los Angeles spotted a red lantern in the distance. As the locomotive neared a small station at Alila, California, George Radcliff applied the hand brake, slowing the big unit. 

In the darkness of February 6, 1891, three masked men leaped aboard the passenger train. Guns drawn, Bob and  Gratton Dalton rushed Radcliff and forced him to halt […]

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“AUTHOR AMBROSE BIERCE”

SHORT STORY TELLER

  An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge has been labeled as the greatest American short story–at least in the opinion of the late Kurt Vonnegut.

“…I consider anybody a twerp who hasn’t read the greatest American short story, which is ‘Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge,’ by Ambrose Bierce. It isn’t remotely political. It is a flawless example of American genius like ‘Sophisticated Lady’ by Duke Ellington or the Franklin stove.” (Kurt Vonnegut — 2005).

Vonnegut’s quote, […]

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