"Texas, by God"
and the
TWIN TERRITORIES
K.t.K.
This week 1880 the Tombstone gamblers war kicked off.
Sun Aug 5, 2018 19:37
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In late July an armed coterie of "new sports in town" went straight to work on busting their first faro bank:
"Some of the boys surrounded the tiger at the Oriental Saloon yesterday, and captured him. The owner was kindly allowed to retain the hide."
[Tombstone Epitaph - July 30, 1880]

It was later reported that the gamblers war spawned "many bloody brawls." By early September the Epitaph alluded to the same:
"Since our last issue we have seen by actual count no less than seven scrapping matches, and beyond a Mansard roof or two erected over the eyes of the combatants, have seen nothing in connection with them worth recording..."
[Epitaph - Sept. 8, 1880]

    • More "Gambler's War", pleaseBen Harleman, Mon Aug 6 20:33
      It's great to learn more and more about the gambler's war because it was such a big part of what was going on, but seems to go so under-reported these days. It really should be touched on more for... more
      • More "Gambler's War"K.t.K., Tue Aug 7 03:12
        It certainly was a big part of what was going on at Tombstone, being mentioned in the earliest books by Stuart Lake and Walter Noble Burns. With but few exceptions, the gamblers never spoke of it... more
        • Thanks, Kenny. More great stuffBen Harleman, Tue Aug 7 11:07
          A question: do you know if Bat and Luke's arrivals in Tombstone were strategic, as a response to the gamblers War? Or were they just the simple casual moves of friends to be close, but ended up... more
          • imported fighting menK.t.K., Tue Aug 7 14:17
            Ben, you've made me open my long-shelved Morgan Earp bio. It seems the Slopers escalated hostilities in early '81 by turning loose a very nasty, homicidal, individual named Henry Newman, aka... more
            • Re: imported fighting menBob Cash, Tue Aug 7 15:13
              I hesitate to ask this question because it will just encourage you to open your "long shelved Morgan Earp bio" again, rather than spending every waking moment working on getting it published, but... more
              • Dodge CityK.t.K., Tue Aug 7 17:59
                Wyatt, Morgan and Bat could meet him in Deadwood, 1876. That's when Luke placed himself there, as per Hubert Howe Bancroft dictation. From Deadwood Luke went to Ogallala where he got into trouble... more
                • Furthermore Luke and Bat for Mr. CashK.t.K., Tue Aug 7 20:00
                  In April of 1880 Bat had been visiting his good friend Miles Mix at Buena Vista, about 35 miles south of Leadville. Bat then went up to take a look, but had to retreat in response to a mass exodus of ... more
                  • Thank you, Kenny. Bob Cash, Wed Aug 8 00:34
                    This info certainly connects Luke with Dodge City veterans. Still, given the fairly short amount of time spent in these locations, it is somewhat surprising that Wyatt, Bat, Charlie Bassett and... more
          • Newspaper referenceBob Paul, Tue Aug 7 12:02
            Re Bat's arrival, "strategic" or "as a response", y'all may want to review Bat's (the man who smiles) interview in the May 17, 1882, Pueblo Chieftain. Relevance??
    • Enjoyed it, Kenny (nm)James Wright, Mon Aug 6 08:55
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