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Virgil Earp & Tombstone mentioned...

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October 6, 1881

THE NEW YORK TIMES, October 6, 1881 

* Virgil Earp - Deputy U.S. Marshall
* Just prior to gunfight at the O.K. Corral
* Tombstone, Arizona

Page 5 has a series of reports headed: "Fighting The Arizona Indians" and more. (see) The report mentions in part: "...A Tombstone dispatch: Two men came in from the Mary mine on the summit of the Dragoon mountains, about 16 miles northeast of Tombstone, and report a battle being fought...could not see that either side was getting the better of the other...some soldiers & Indians were mounted. Couriers have been sent to the mining and hay camps east of Tombstone to notify the men of danger. Mayor Clum and Chief of Police Earp are now raising a company of men to go and intercept the Indians if they go south...". Nice to have on the front page here.
It is very rare to find mention of the Earps in period newspapers, particularly outside of reports concerning the famous gunfight at the O.K. Corral, which incidentally happened less than 3 weeks after this date. The presumption is that this is reference to Virgil Earp, who was City Marshall at this time, although the article aludes to the "Chief of Police". And the mentioned John Clum, mayor of Tombstone, was also publisher of the famous newspaper "Tombstone Epitaph"
Ten pages, some margin wear with a few small tears, more so on the 4th leaf (pages 7 & 8), should be handled with care.

Category: Post-Civil War

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