February 25, 2009

News of Soapy's death reached Austrialia.

I knew that news of Soapy's death in 1898 had reached most newspapers across the US but I did not know it reached over seas! The West Australian, November 18, 1898 has a mention of the gunfight.
A good many men were shot and robbed at Skagway by a gang headed by a ruffian rejoicing in the name of Soapy Smith. His career was, however, cut short by a surveyor he had taken down. They met in the street and fired (point blank) at one another. Soapy was shot dead, but his assailant lingered for a week, and died rejoicing that he had ended Soapy’s career.
Source: NDPbeta

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