It does not pay to be a reformer up in Denver. The Republican, of that city has been making war on a gang of corrupt officials and nearly everybody connected with it were arrested for contempt of court. Colonel Arkins, of the Rocky Mountain News, has been paying his respects to the crooks of the city, and just as he was leaving the office the other night he was assaulted by "Soapy" Smith, one of the toughest of the gang he has been making war against. Smith knocked him down with a loaded cane and seriously injured him before assistance could come. Smith was arrested and locked up in the station house.
Arizona Weekly Journal-Miner, August 7, 1889