SELF-STYLED "SHOOTIST" DIES UNDER WAGON WHEELS

by Bartee Haile
 
Clay Allison, the two-gun time bomb who called himself a "shootist," died on Jun. 30, 1887 not from a bullet but under the wheels of his own wagon. There were two Clay Allisons. One was a respectable rancher, whose character and courage attracted friends and admirers wherever he went. But after a few stiff drinks, his dark side emerged, and Allison became the frontier menace described as "hell turned loose" that killed at the drop of a hat.
 
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