Earp's introduction to Tombstone continues when the crooked editor Dameron of The Nugget writes a libelous story about Earp and intentionally misspells his name. Earp confronts Dameron only to be told there is illegal selling of liquor in his county. While tracking down the two men involved, he meets their friend John P. Clum who had been an Indian Agent at San Carlos followed by an attempt to run a newspaper in Tucson. Clum joins Earp in Tombstone where Earp and others convince him to start an honest newspaper he calls The Epitaph. Nellie gets wind of a Clanton attempt to breakup the new press on the trip by wagon from Benson. Earp, Doc and others break up the attempt but two men are able to set fire to the canvas cover for the newspaper office. Dameron is not finished with his attempts to kill the rival paper. Written by
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John Philip Clum became the first mayor of Tombstone under its new 1881 charter. See more
Tombstone had two newspapers - the Nugget and the Epitaph. The Nugget was a tool of the Ten Percent Ring and hated Wyatt. But the Epitaph printed the truth and made journalistic history. Wyatt had assumed that even though it opposed him, the Nugget would be fair in routine dealings. But he learned that very few people in Tombstone were fair about anything.
The Legend of Wyatt Earp
Music by Harry Warren
Lyrics by Harold Adamson
Performed by The Ken Darby Singers See more