Wells Fargo Agent Relieved of Cash And His Prize Pistols


At the end of 1881 and early 1882, a flurry of stagecoach robberies in Cochise County brings Wells Fargo Agent James Hume from San Francisco to investigate. Unfortunately for Hume, the stage he takes into Tombstone is robbed by two road agents wearing black cloth masks. They take about $1,500 off the coach and Hume is relieved of $75 and two fancy pistols. Hume writes to his wife, “Tombstone has a population of six thousand—five thousand of them are bad—one thousand of them known outlaws. I don’t want much of Tombstone.”

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