“INSIDE JOB”

"Inside Job"

— SHORT JIMMY’S SHORT SPENDING SPREE — Armed and wearing masks, five gunmen bolted from a stand of Ponderosa pine, surrounded the Canyon Diablo-Flagstaff stagecoach, and told the driver to “throw down the two heavy mail sacks.”

 

The stagecoach driver couldn’t conceal his surprise. Of the four mailbags aboard, the two heaviest contained a large quantity of gold and silver ingots and coins.

Well-Fargo, weary from a […]

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“GIGGLE JUICE AND A GAVEL”

UNORTHODOX JUSTICE

— UNORTHODOX FRONTIER JUSTICE —  Like any business owner, Roy Bean wanted to find a way to boost the profits of his milk delivery business in San Antonio. So he came up with the idea of adding creek water to the milk.

According to various accounts, all seemed fine until a buyer or two noticed minnows in the milk.

Bean seemed equally surprised when confronted by customers and told […]

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“CIMARRON RIVER SHOOTOUT”

CHRIS MADSEN

— BEGINNING OF END FOR DOOLIN GANG — In the early morning of April 4, 1895, Deputy U.S. Marshal Chris Madsen led a posse into Oklahoma Territory to an encampment occupied by the Doolin Gang.

The night before, the outlaws robbed the Rock Island train at Dover, Oklahoma, but couldn’t open the safe containing a $50,000 Army payroll.

Instead, they walked among the 250 passengers with grain sacks, relieving them of […]

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“THE SNIPERS”

SHARPSHOOTERS

 — SHARPSHOOTERS IN BLUE AND GRAY — The young soldier blinked a couple of times to clear his vision, braced the rifle against his shoulder, and aimed at the distant target. He took a breath, held it, and squeezed the trigger. 

The challenge required the shooter to place ten consecutive shots in a circle ten inches in diameter from a distance of 100-yards, followed by another ten rounds at […]

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