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    He went to the western territories on stage coach in 1861 with his brother who was working for Lincoln's government.
    His travels were when the territories were first being organized. Governments were just being organized. Law enforcement was just being organized.  

    Read the histories.  Mark Twain's descriptions are accurate, but he was traveling through just as the territories were being settled.  Soon, exactly due to the violence he described, "lawmen" were making their attempts to tamp it down.  

    OK Corral and all that.

    1881. Twain's travels were in 1861, twenty years earlier.

    The fight has come to represent a time in American history when the frontier was open range for outlaws opposed by law enforcement that was spread thin over vast territories, leaving some areas unprotected.

    To reduce crime in Tombstone, on April 19, 1881, the Tombstone's city council passed an ordinance prohibiting anyone from carrying a deadly weapon.[24] Anyone entering town was required to deposit their weapons at a livery or saloon soon after entering town. The ordinance led directly to the confrontation that resulted in the shoot out.[25]

    That type of law was common in frontier towns.
    Ordinance No. 9:

    "To Provide against Carrying of Deadly Weapons" (effective April 19, 1881).

    Section 1. It is hereby declared unlawful to carry in the hand or upon the person or otherwise any deadly weapon within the limits of said city of Tombstone, without first obtaining a permit in writing.

    Section 2: This prohibition does not extend to persons immediately leaving or entering the city, who, with good faith, and within reasonable time are proceeding to deposit, or take from the place of deposit such deadly weapon.

    Section 3: All fire-arms of every description, and bowie knives and dirks, are included within the prohibition of this ordinance.

    "The law is meant to be my servant and not my master, still less my torturer and my murderer." -- James Baldwin. July 11, 1966.

    by YucatanMan on Sat Jan 26, 2013 at 05:30:02 PM PST

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