The Day Coffeyville Bled - The Dalton Johnson Gang
Chapter XI - Curiosity
Curiosity is the driving force behind the act of looking deeper and
searching further in the vast array of research information compiled from
the surface material contained within the development of any historical
project. By not stopping and accepting what is merely given at the onset,
the researcher is often provided with more fragments of what the true
picture was at the time of his chosen subject’s highlighted era.
In the process of looking around the next corner or beneath the shallow
surface or through the fogged image of what was given as fact, one could
find fact. This is not always the case and should by no means be used to
create something from which there is nothing. Therefore, curiosity, like the
other tools available to the researcher, can be misused and by this misuse
distort what was found to create a given scenario of events.
Careful consideration must be given to all subparts and tiny bits
of information discovered. Some will be implemented in their proper
sequence, and others will be discarded as useless matter. In the pile of
non-usable relics from the efforts of continued investigation, interesting
yet pointless profiles of information are often found. These references
have their place too, although not among the viable materials of subject
documentation. They should remain in a special classification of their own
and be seen for what they are and discounted for what they are not.
Three such relics will be examined here. They were located along
the path of information gathering and subjected to the strictest scrutiny.
Subsequently, they were released to be placed in this non-informational
section. They had performed their duty at the time of their inception.
The first instance will be seen as an attempt to gain a small amount
of notoriety at a given moment in history. For its purpose during its time,
it was held in regard as a truism without further verification. The second
storyline will be noted as an ongoing try at creating a connection between
two items that are not to be joined by any stretch of the imagination. The
continuing effort to create something from nothing is as mystifying as its
creator’s intentions. The third item for consideration is among the most
alluring and magical moments ever to be recorded in the pages of modern
history. The depiction is that two events seemingly connected by intricate
strings of fact are in reality pure coincidence. The fascination with the last
segment is that it comes very close to supplying answers to questions that
have gnawed at the fabric of the Dalton/Johnson Gang’s legend for years.
On October 5, 1892, the Dalton Gang attempted to rob two banks in the
town of Coffeyville, Kansas, at the same time. The results were disastrous...(click here for more chapter previews)
Mark S. Pannill
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