Right now I am in the process of packing all of our household belongings for an upcoming move to Jonesboro, Ark., so the evidence I am referring to is packed away in a box. However, it is well-known by many of those who frequent this site. It is a report on Dake's theft of public money from one named Chalmers, whose full name escapes me just now, who was appointed to investigate the charges. Chalmers' report is addressed to the U.S. Attorney General's office. Chalmers' report includes interviews with many people acquainted with Dake's activities with regard to his (mis)use of federal money. Among those interviewed by Chalmers is Wyatt Earp, who says he was told by Dake that he (Dake) had put roughly $3,000 in a Cochise County bank from which Earp could draw money to use in chasing down the criminal element in the county. Earp told Chalmers he believed the money to which Dake referred actually came from Wells Fargo (and there is good reason to believe this is true).
There is much more in the report. Others here likely still have access to the report which is housed in the National Achives in Washington D.C.
I'm looking for documentary evidence concerning Dake's knowledge of the vendetta ride. I would assume he had general knowledge of Wyatt's plans, but I am wondering if there is more connecting Dake to ... more
Was a special Federal investigator that looked into Dake's accounts. Dake at one time had purchased land with 22 thousand in cash. In some accounts it says Dake blamed Earp for embezzling funds and... more
Butch, Thanks. I remember seeing reference to this report in Gary’s book. As best I can tell, not having seen the report itself, this indicates that Dake was channeling funds to Wyatt through Wells... more
Basically chronologicl: "It is reliably stated that United States Marshal Dake will place in the hands of proper authorities a sufficient amount of funds for the organization and equipping of a body... more
Kenny: Good summary (as usual), please allow me to suggest one more---an interesting perspective in the Arizona Republican edition of March 3, 1898, by some guy named R.H. Paul. He is writing from... more
There is ample evidence of Dake's involvement with the Earps (or his use of them for his purposes, depending on one's perspective) in the National Archives records of the Justice Department (both the ... more
Gary, Thanks. I will try to check out the Ball sources. My long experience with books with phrases like “racial division” in the title makes me wary, so I will stay away from that one. I am looking... more
but Dake never turned his back on the Earps. On December 8, 1881, after the Spicer hearing, he spoke of the "effectual blow" his deputies had struck, and he made his position clear: "hereafer my... more
Gary, Yes, costly. In addition to the embezzlement charge, I have read that Dake was forced out as US Marshal of Arizona Territory because of his not so clandestine support of the Earps. In the... more
with regard to Chalmers performing a lackluster investigation to satisfy politicos. When Chalmers filed an initial report, his boss was not satisfied and chastised Chalmers for what appeared to be... more
Not checking BORDERLINE AMERICANS won't hurt you much on the specific question you pose. Benton-Cohen's focus is not Dake or the Earps, but as a principle of research I would caution you to dismiss... more