A mule Jake is too much for the miners to handle and considered dangerous. A small boy Ollie Burton who works at the mine offers to buy the mule for two dollars. The owner warns the boy the mule is dangerous but the boy persists. He takes the mule to the stable to a stall next to Shotgun's mule Roscoe. Ollie believes his dad will be proud of him for making a profit on the mule. He starts cleaning Jake by brushing him. As he works on his tail, Jake kicks Ollie, pulls loose, and runs off. Jake lying on the ground with a broken leg crawls behind Roscoe and yells for help. He tells everyone that Roscoe kicked him. The Nugget editor Dameron hearing the story decides it is a chance to get Shotgun who likes to intimidate Dameron. The story creates a furor and gives the Epitaph editor Clum a reason to attack Dameron. The story escalates with Dameron eventually saying Roscoe should be destroyed. Earp learns Ollie bought Jake who returned to the mine and was resold. When Ollie's father returns ... Written by
Did You Know?
There were two newspapers in Tombstone. Mayor John P. Clum's paper supported Wyatt Earp. But the Nugget in the frontier days of 1881 was controlled by Wyatt's enemies - the Ten Percent Ring, Sheriff Behan, and the Clanton outlaws, who used the paper to discredit Wyatt Earp.