that I recall that Dake was criticized his Chalmers' report when he said he was unable to get vouchers from Wyatt Earp and others. Dake said he couldn't find Earp. Yet Chalmers' reported that Earp was easily found by his office and that Earp had a lot to say, particularly about the Wells Fargo money. I recall - memory here - that Earp told investigators that he had a drink with Dake in Tombstone and during that pause for the cause, Earp intimated that Dake told him (Earp) that he had misspent money given to him by the government and that Earp should not mention it as Dake would then be in some trouble.
Give Dake a pass if you will, but I beleive the two reports filed by Chalmers give us a clear picture of what happened in 1882. And I think, but not sure, that Chalmers filed his reports in 1885 or 1885 (can't remember which).
I've not made a detailed examination of Dake's accounts, but I do find his situation and his response to it interesting. U. S. Marshals were given advanced funds, up to $20,000 at a time, and they... more
Butch, I'm not trying to give Dake a pass, merely suggesting the story is more complicated than commonly assumed. Larry Ball's "Pioneer Lawman: Crawley P. Dake and Law Enforcement on the Southwestern ... more
but the article seems a little more personal. The book is focused on the office of the U. S. Marshal in Arizona and New Mexico. Actually, Ball seems more critical of Dake in the book than in the... more