Tuesday, May 29, 2012

19th century newspapers online

Finally, our government has done something worthwhile. Newspapers from 1836 to 1922 are available online at http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/.

Dodge City Times, July 7, 1877:
    Wyatt Earp, who was on our city police force last summer, is in town again. We hope he will accept a position on the force once more. He had a quiet way of taking the most desperate characters into custody which invariably gave one the impression that the city was able to enforce her mandates and preserve her dignity. It wasn't considered policy to draw a gun on Wyatt unless you got the drop and meant to burn powder without any preliminary talk.
Here's something from the Arizona Weekly Citizen, Oct. 30, 1881, four days after the gunfight at the O.K. Corral (7th column). Headline: A desperate street-fight.

From 1878:
    Five men robbed a stage coach near Laramie about two weeks ago. Two of them have been shot dead by pursuers, two of them have been hanged by lynchers, and the survivor has fled the Territory. Robbing stage coaches is a favorite method of suicide on the frontier.

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