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THE NOTORIOUS LUKE SHORT SHOT.


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Newspaper Account / December 24, 1890

FORT WORTH, Texas, Dec. 24. -- The notorious Luke Short, who has in his day killed several men, was badly wounded last night by Charles Wright, a well-known gambler, who is slightly wounded in the left arm. Wright emptied one barrel of a double-barreled shotgun into Short's left thigh and shot off the thumb and two fingers of his left hand. There was a grudge between the men.

The fight took place in a gambling house, Short was at one time employed as a courier to carry messages to Gen. Crook when the Northern Cheyennes and Sioux were coming down on him in the Northwest. He was City Marshal of Fort Dodge when it was a frontier town. Several years ago he killed Jim Courtright, a well-known desperado, in this city. He killed on or two men in Arizona before coming here.

You can read more about Jim Courtright in A Texas Murderer's Capture, Riot Ends in Bloodshed and Death Ending a Debauch.

Dodge City Peace Commission: Members of the Dodge City, Kansas, Peace Commission, from left to right: Chas. Bassett, W. H. Harris, Wyatt Earp, Luke Short, L. McLean, Bat Masterson, Neal Brown. The photograph was taken by Camillus S. Fly in 1890.    Related: The Notorious Luke Short SDodge City Peace Commission: Members of the Dodge City, Kansas, Peace Commission, from left to right: Chas. Bassett, W. H. Harris, Wyatt Earp, Luke Short, L. McLean, Bat Masterson, Neal Brown. The photograph was taken by Camillus S. Fly in 1890.

 

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