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Great Tombstone newspaper printed 5 months after the Gunfight at the O.K. Corral...



Item # 619973

March 31, 1882

THE TOMBSTONE EPITAPH, Cochise County, Arizona, March 31, 1882  Few could argue for a more recognizable title from the Old West, nor could any town be more linked to the romance of the West than this one. Tombstone is steeped in Western lore, and the several movies done concerning the gunfight at the O.K. Corral have kept this town in popular culture. This issue was printed over five months after the famous gunfight at the O.K. Corral.
This issue is rich in the mention of many famous names, including a report of the Peel inquest, referring to a hat: "...I got it from Phin Clanton...Fin Clanton said that he got it of Mr. Ayres, a saloon keeper at Charleston..." Another item mentions the Nugget claim that: "...the reward of $1,000 offered by the Stockraisers' Protection Assoc. for Curly Bill was claimed by Wyatt Earp, and the amount in horses and money paid to him by H.C. Hooker...Possibly this is true, but it's rough o the party who paid the reward as the notorious and wily William is, beyond question of doubt,alive in New Mexico."
Another item notes: "The case of Pete Spence, charged with the murder of Morgan Earp, was up again before Judge Wallace this morning..." and yet another item mentions: "The coroner's jury, impaneled to ascertain the cause of the death of Billy Grounds, alias Billy the Kid, meet yesterday afternoon and after viewing the body adjourned until Monday." Also: "The 'gentlemen' have returned from their little pasear after the Earps. They speak in the highest terms of their reception in Chochise & Graham counties...". And also: "The studious efforts made by the Nugget & its friends to conceal the death of Curly Bill cannot be accounted for...and the gang of indicted thieves of which Curly Bill was a member...Suffice it to say that Curly Bill is as dead as two loads of buckshot can make him & the man who killed him is entitled to the reward."
Complete in 4 pages, many old archival mends throughout with a piece chipped from the top margin  causing partial loss to the "T" in "Tombstone Epitaph". A piece from the top of the back leaf affects some text & ads. Other chipped pieces from near the central fold causing minor loss of words (see).
A very rare & desirable newspaper as any extant issues of this paper all came from just one institution in California.

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