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Bullet3.gif (148 bytes) From: The Reno Evening Gazette, November 1, 1877

PRESCOTT, ARIZONA, Oct. 17, 1877


          Yesterday afternoon quite a ripple of excitement was created in our usually quiet town by the appearance of two genuine border ruffians in our streets.  They first made themselves troublesome at Jackson & Thompkins' saloon, where they drew their revolvers and flourished them in a threatening manner.  Colonel McCall, who happened to be there, was covered with the pistols several times, and was told that if he opened his mouth they would let daylight through him, and he wisely kept still.  They then began firing at a dog, and afterward, mounting their horses, they rode down Montezuma street at full gallop, yelling like demons and firing right and left at everything that showed itself, the bullets whistling in unpleasant proximity to several persons who were on the street.  John Raiblo's dog was the only thing hit by them.  Proceeding on down the street they stopped on the outskirts of the town and reloaded their weapons.  Marshall Standefer and Colonel McCall armed themselves and got into Duprez's barouche and started in pursuit.  Sheriff Bowers and Frank Murray, City Marshall, also armed themselves, and mounting their  horses, started after them.  Standefer and McCall passed the ruffians on the flat near Nowes old mill, so as to get on the other side and head them off.  Sheriff Bowers and Murray came up on one side, and the Sheriff ordered them to throw up their hands and surrender, instead of which they opened fire on him.  Tullos, one of the desperados slid off his horse and fired three shots at Bowers, all of them coming pretty close, when a change of buckshot from the Sheriff's gun brought him down. Marshal Standefer also emptied a load into him.  Running across the road, Tullos got under the bushes and commenced to load his revolver, still refusing to surrender, when a shot from the Sheriff's revolver stretched him out lifeless.  Vaughn, his companion, kept firing away, but was soon brought down with a bullet in his head, but was not killed.  There was so much shooting going on the it is almost impossible to tell who fired the fatal shots.  The horse Sheriff Bowers road was shot in the hind quarters.  This was the only harm that befell the pursuing party.  The dead and wounded were brought to the Sheriff's office and from thence Vaughn, the wounded one, was taken to the hospital, where he now lies still conscious, but he can live but two or three days.  From a letter found on the body of the one killed it was ascertained that his name was Robt. Tullos, of Stephenville, Erath County, Texas, and that he did not bear a very enviable reputation there.

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