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Tue Aug 7, 2018 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 publicly. It was like internal business, and could happen anywhere. At Tombstone it was protracted, seeming to die down in late 1880, but fired back up just before Storms and Lyons hit town in February 1881.
The Epitaph actually addressed it and put their own monikers on the two factions. Although later reflective accounts gave the names as 'Easterners' and 'Slopers - or "Pacific men."

The most talked about was the bloodless Dodge City affair in '83. That was number two for Luke Short. What never gets talked bout was number three for Short at Fort Worth happening at the end of 1890. This little war was between Short of the Palace Royal sporting house and Charles Wright with his gambling house on Main St. Short became so exasperated at his declining financial status as opposed to Wright whose business was soaring. Resting upon the laurels of his reputation, Luke entered his rival's house "with the avowed intention of cleaning Wright's house out." Perhaps Short didn't figure that Wright was not afraid of him, when he fired the first shot from his pistol. Wright took a slight wound in the left forearm. Then Charles grabbed his short shotgun which proved costly for Luke. When the smoke cleared Luke had received one barrel of buckshot into his left thigh, and the second charge ripped off Luke's thumb and two fingers of the left hand. In my opinion this brought on Short's morphine addiction which led to an early death.

  • 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
      • 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
                  • Deger the puritanK.t.K., Wed Aug 8 09:21
                    I think it was not loyalty to any one person as much as being about principle. And I must qualify such principle from the eyes of a pro gambler. Anything goes in regards making a buck from the saloon ... 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??
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