Wells Fargo supervisor Tom Russell arrives in Dodge City to ask Earp to help the company catch the Purvis gang which is attacking their stagecoaches just outside Earp's jurisdiction. Earp agrees to Russell's request over Masterson's objections but with the request that Masterson and Russell lead a posse to follow the stage by an hour and that no female passengers be allowed although the Purvis gang is not known for shooting passengers. Earp also requests that Milt be the driver. Besides three male passengers Grandma Wilkins refuses to wait for a later stage making four passengers plus Milt and Earp. The fact that Earp is riding shotgun on the stage with a large fortune in cash draws the Purvis gang which expects a trick so they decide to attack the stage Indian style. Two of the passengers exit the stage when Earp spots the gang but Grandma and another westerner stay with it. The tricky gang forces Earp to be resourceful but help comes from a surprising source. Written by
Did You Know?
Wyatt's old friend and former employer, Wells Fargo and Company, operated an important stage line connecting the Santa Fe at Dodge City with the Union Pacific at Hays, Kansas - a hundred miles of wilderness stretched between the two railroads. It was a natural hunting ground for the stage robbers, and in 1878, the Purvis Gang moved south to prey upon the shipments of money and bullion entrusted to Wells Fargo.