Pushing His Luck Gambler Newt Boyce took on the wrong man—and paid.

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Caldwell, KS.

Late December 1883. Gambler Newt Boyce was wreaking havoc in Caldwell, KS (photo). Boyce was on a bender and became violent, wounding some people with a knife before being arrested and tossed in jail to cool off. Upon release, he bought another knife and a pistol and started spouting threats against Marshal Henry Brown and Deputy Henry Wheeler.

Brown happened upon Boyce outside Moore’s Saloon. The drunk went for his pistol; the
lawman leveled his rifle and put two bullets in Boyce, who died a few hours later.

Mark Boardman is the features editor at True West and editor of The Tombstone Epitaph.

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Mark Boardman

Mark Boardman is the features editor for True West Magazine as well as the editor of The Tombstone Epitaph. He also serves as pastor for Poplar Grove United Methodist Church in Indiana.