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Louis L’Amour said there were three types of lawmen in the Old West
The Bat Mastersons, who were concerned with your rights and would give you a chance to surrender.
The Wild Bills, who would “post you” out of town, putting your name on a list on a tree in public warning you to be out of town by sundown, and after that, would shoot on sight.
The Mysterious Dave type. He simply killed his enemies on sight. No warnings, no postings, no talk, just shooting. While he did not garner the publicity of other famous gunmen/lawmen of the day, he is regarded as one of the most dangerous. In L’Amour’s own words, “Dave Mathers didn’t wait for you. If you came to town talkin’ loud about what you intended to do, Dave would find you and shoot you before you even got started.”
From “The Empty Land“, Bantam Books, 1969
Some of the lawmen in this section served double duty. They were outlaws on the side. Sheriff John Larn was a rustler, Sherrff Henry Plumber a crook, Deputy Sheriff Frank Stillwell, a stage robber and murderer, Frank M. Canton, aka: “Texas Joe“ Horner switched sides. Frequently these individuals plied both trades at the same time; sometimes they alternated, depending on employment opportunities. Wyatt Earp was a either a pimp or an “enforcer” (debated) in his younger years. So we see, here, as in real life, there are some crooks, thieves and killers among the honorable people. It is left to the reader to separate the gold from the dross… (59 photos)
Some of these individuals will have additional reference(s) in PLAYERS.