Earp is tired of runaway boys coming to Wichita hoping to live the life they read in dime novels. He is forced to break up a fight where he catches a boy with a gun he has fired. The boy calls himself Timmy Jones claiming to be an orphan. After a paddling Earp tells Timmy he will teach him to be a cowboy in his "cowboy school". The boy's ideas on riding and roping quickly prove he knows little which he realizes but he tries. Two railroad detectives show up in town looking for the boy who is really Timmy Callahan the son of the railroad tycoon Big Tim Callahan. When the detectives try to take Timmy, Earp wounds one and arrests them. Big Tim Callahan arrives himself looking for the boy as a gunfight breaks out. He tries to drive a team of horses through it causing a porch column to fall on Timmy's arm breaking it. He takes Earp to court over the whole matter of his son but Timmy teaches Big Tim a lesson as he sides with Earp showing a more mature attitude than his dad. Written by
When Wyatt Earp was Marshal of Wichita, Kansas in 1875, one of the serious problems which he had to deal with was the runaway boy from the East. Hundreds of such youngsters, incited by the lurid, dime novels about cowboys, Indians, and outlaws, left their homes in Eastern towns and cities for the wild, exiting life on the Western frontier. If today's comic books have a bad effect on many juvenile readers, they are mild compared to the bloody sensationalism of paperback thrillers, which lured ...
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