American Frontier Lawmen 1850-1930 (Elite) by Charles M Robinson III, Richard Hook

By Charles M Robinson III, Richard Hook

Within the 1840s, gold had formally been came across in California, and lots of males made their method out West looking for riches. The early mining camps have been harmful locations jam-packed with violence and crime. legislations and order was once wanted, and the Vigilante Committee turned the 1st equipped deliverer of justice in those turbulent new cities. As a growing number of humans headed out West, and lots of new cities sprang up, a extra reliable approach of legislation was once wanted. From the times of the California Gold Rush to the killing of invoice Tilghman, the final of the normal frontier lawmen, this publication discusses the boys that formed legislations and order within the 'Wild, Wild West'.

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Melvin A. King, from n earby Fort Elliott, burst in on ' them. Loaded with bad whisky, and with hi s own d esigns on Molli e , King began blazing away with his service revolver. A bullet went through Mollie and penetrated Bat 's pelvis. Bat managed to sh oo t King through th e h eart before collapsing. Mollie died a short tim e later, and Bat was tr eated at the Fort Elliott hospital until he recovered. He was still limping when he arrived in Dodge City that spring. H e served bri efly as a policeman, left town , and th en returned in 1877 to open a saloon.

Exa mining th e co rpse, Roy fo und $40 cash an d a pistol in th e man 's pocket. H e promptly fin ed th e corpse $4 0 fo r ca rrying a co nceale d weapon . It sho uld be not ed th at rarely - if ever - did Pecos Co u nty or th e State of Texas co llec t th eir fu ll due from fin es levied by th e co urt in Langt ry. Yet it wou ld be a mistake to say that he wasn 't just, and his justice was based o n th e practi cal. Wh en thre e croo ke d ga m blers swind led a stagecoach dri ver o ut of both his and the co m pany's money an d property, Roy mad e th em re tu rn every thi ng, slappe d th em with exorbita n t fines , and ran th em ou t of town.

To stand be hin d you in every thi ng you say," the Ranger replied. " T he lawyer co m plained to hi gh er au thorities, but it d id littl e good, becau se th e high er authorities th emselves ofte n we re co nfo unde d by th e go ings-o n in th e co urt room at th e J ersey Lilly. As justice of the peace , Roy had th e legal au tho rity to perform weddings, but n ot to gra n t divorces. " Roy n ever hanged anyone , although he fre q ue n tly threatened to do so. A death se ntence was entirely beyond th e legal sco pe of a justice of th e peace , and h is ability to be nd (or ignore) th e law was based o n his sh re wd assessmen t of how far he co uld bend (o r ign ore ) it.

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