Mrs. McGill and her daughter live alone and broke on a 50 acre homestead near Dodge City. Ranchers want to use her water and pasture for their herds on the way to Dodge City but she is holding it for young Hap Dorsett from North Texas. Her hope is that her daughter Effie will marry Hap but Hap is having hard times as well and Effie is tired of ranch life. When cowhands try to cut her fence, she fires warning shots at them. Earp has warned her to call him to handle the problem but there is not time. When she realizes it is Effie's twenty-first birthday, she cashes in gold nuggets she had hidden to buy Effie new clothes. Her and her husband were forty niners who had found gold. Hap arrives but with a small herd of 100 head due to a drought so he feels his chances with Effie are not good. Word quickly spreads around town Mrs. McGill has gold which Earp tries to convince her to put into the bank but she hides it in her well. When a couple of cowboys kill her dog and break into her house ... Written by
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Women on the frontier when Wyatt Earp was Marshal of Dodge City in 1876 had long been accustomed to scenes of violence and gunplay. But aside from tough showoffs like Calamity Jane, Belle Starr, and Pearl Hart, women rarely carried a gun or used one, and then only in desperation. The circumstances that turned Mrs. Jane McGill into a shooting woman were unusual and she became one of the most serious problems Marshal Earp tried to handle.