The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 67, July 1963 - April, 1964

Southwestern Historical Quarterly

town a few months later, after a big fight with an opposing faction.
The author cites court records to show that in 1871 Earp was
arrested and jailed in the Indian Territory on a charge of horse
theft. He was indicted but skipped bail and fled.
Bartholomew makes it convincingly clear that Earp was not
in Ellsworth when he claimed to have arrested Ben Thompson
there in 1873, and that he was not on the Wichita police force
when he boasted of having subdued a mob of thugs. Later he
was a policeman in Wichita-where his sister-in-law was fined re-
peatedly as a prostitute--but he was a low man on the force at two
dollars a day, not the deputy marshal he said he had been. He
seldom was mentioned in the local newspapers, and, after being
fined for assault and having his pay held up for failure to turn
in fines, was dismissed. Earp's later record as a policeman in
Dodge City was equally unimpressive.
An examination of the newspaper files and city and court rec-
ords of frontier Kansas cow towns confirms many of the statements
of Bartholomew, and I am willing to take his documentation for
the rest. But, unfortunately, his thorough research is not matched
by professional writing, editing, and printing. His book, for which
he himself set the type, is inexcusably wordy and is full of spelling,
grammatical, and typographical errors. His division of words at
the ends of lines includes such atrocities as "freq-uently" and
"sa-me." Worse are the many diversions, speculations, and excla-
mations, which make the 328-page book much longer than it
needed to be. The work has terminal notes on sources but lacks
needed illustrations and index.
This book takes Earp through his Dodge City experiences. A
promised second volume will be devoted to Earp's equally con-
troversial exploits in Tombstone. The latter, it is hoped, will be
presented more acceptably. WAYNE GARD
Senate Journal of the Ninth Legislature First Called Session of
the State of Texas February 2, 1863-March 7, r863. Compiled
and edited by James M. Day. Austin (Texas State Library),
1963. Pp. xii+s12. Illustrations, index. $4.50.
Last year the Texas Library and Historical Commission pub-
lished for the first time the senate journal of the ninth legisla-


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