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Twelve citizens of Dodge City, Kansas, write Governor George W. Glick, of Topeka, protesting the forcible removal of Luke Short from Dodge City. The letter recounts the events which led to Mr. Short's removal and testifies regarding his character. The events recounted occurred between April 26 and May 1, 1883. The letter refers to Short's employment of women singers at his Long Branch Saloon and their subsequent arrest, a shooting between Short and Louis Hartman (special policeman), the arrest of Short and Hartman, the intimidation of Short's attorneys, and the Mayor's (L. E. Deger) insistence that Short (and others) be escorted out of the city. An appended newspaper article recounts events occurring between May 1 and May 10, 1883, specifically the attempted return of two men formerly jailed with Short. Dodge City Times editor, Nick Klaine, wrote the article and was an enthusiastic supporter of Deger's recently elected reform party. The arrest of Short's women employees is often credited as beginning the "Dodge City War," a bloodless conflict between competing political-business factions.
Creator: Citizens of Dodge City, Ford County, Kansas
Date: May 15, 1883
Item Number: 208008
Call Number: Governor's Records, Glick, Box 7 Folder 10
KSHS Identifier: DaRT ID: 208008
Business and Industry - Railroad - Passenger trains
Business and Industry - Services - Food and drink - Bars & saloons
Collections - State Archives - Governor's Records - Glick, George Washington
Community Life - Arts and Entertainment - Music
Community Life - Community services - Police and other law enforcement
Date - 1880s - 1883
Government and Politics - Local Government - Municipal - City Council/Commission
Government and Politics - Local Government - Municipal - Mayor
Government and Politics - Local Government - Municipal - Police
Government and Politics - State Government - Governors - Glick, George Washington
Objects and Artifacts - Communication Artifacts - Documentary Artifact - Letter
People - Notable Kansans - Adams, Nelson
People - Notable Kansans - Deger, L. E.
People - Notable Kansans - Gryden, H. E.
People - Notable Kansans - Harris, William H.
People - Notable Kansans - Hartman, Louis
People - Notable Kansans - Hinkle, George
People - Notable Kansans - Klaine, Nicholas B.
People - Notable Kansans - Lane, Thomas
People - Notable Kansans - Short, Luke L., 1854-1893
Places - Cities and towns - Dodge City
Places - Cities and towns - Larned
Places - Counties - Ford
Places - Counties - Pawnee
Thematic Time Period - Cattle Drives, 1867-1885
Transportation - Railroads - Passenger trains
Type of Material - Unpublished documents - Letters