Death Alley Is A Dead End For All But One
March 8, 2010

These Guys Were in For the Big Sleep In Kansas

These Guys Were in For the Big Sleep In Kansas

Youthful Emmet

Youthful Emmet

On This Date in History:

Reformed Emmet

Reformed Emmet

In 1871, Emmet Dalton entered the world in the Oklahoma Territory. I’ve seen his name spelled with two “t’s” in some sources. He had two older brothers. In 1889, brothers Bob and Grat went to California to seek their fortune. The determined the best line of work that they could find was to rob trains. Emmet wanted to come along but they said he was too young. So, while the brothers ran around California looking for trains to rob, Emmet met a girl named Julia Johnson and fell in love. The older brothers returned a few years later and decided Emmet had the maturity to ride with them. Emmet left his girl behind, thinking he had nothing to offer her. He also delivered the tough guy line that sounds like something Pee Wee Herman once said, ” I rode away, an outlaw has no business having a girl, no business thinking about marriage.”

Bob and Grat Don't Look So Good

Bob and Grat Don't Look So Good

So, the three brothers proceeded to wander around Oklahoma and Kansas with some other thugs and they became known as the Dalton Gang. But, their reign of terror really didn’t last too long. On October 5, 1892 the gang got a little greedy and perhaps a little cocky. One bank wasn’t enough. No…they tried to rob two banks at once in the middle of the day in Coffeyville, Kansas. But, like the James Gang in Northfield, Minnesota the Daltons didn’t count on the folks of Coffeyville getting word of the daring raid. They were ready. When Bob and Emmet were gathering $21,000 in booty from one bank in their grain sacks, the people of Coffeyville surrounded the building. When the pair emerged, they found a hail of bullets. They escaped out the back door…so much for being surrounded…and they hooked up with Grat and the others, who had similarly been ambused at the other bank.

Coffeyville The End For Dalton Gang

Coffeyville The End For Dalton Gang

The gang ended up getting herded into what the citizens of the town came to call “death alley.” With no where to go, the desperados were easy targets as the lead was flying. Emmet had gotten on his horse and reached down to try and rescue the wounded Bob. But, Emmet got hit by a shot to the hip and then buckshot to the back. Four of the gangmembers, including Bob and Gath, died but Emmet survived. He was later tried and convicted and was given a life sentence on this date in 1893. But, in the penal system, life does not necessarily mean life. Emmet served 14 years and was released on pardon as a reformed man!

Em Dalton with Tom Mix 1935

Em Dalton with Tom Mix 1935

He got out of prison, married Julia Johnson, whom I figure must not have been much of a catch or her love for Emmet was true because she waited all of that time. I guess robbing banks must be a qualification for business on a resume because Emmet became successful as a real estate agent. Los Angeles was booming in the early part of the 20th century so he and Julia moved there. He picked up extra money as a consultant for Hollywood movies, much like Wyatt Earp had done. Emmet Dalton died in Los Angeles in 1937 at the age of 66.

Don’t Quote Me; Beware of Death Alley
March 8, 2009

These Guys Were in For the Big Sleep In Kansas

These Guys Were in For the Big Sleep In Kansas

 

 

Some Quotes to Consider:  Given today’s press corps reporting and also the politics of the day, I thought that I’d reveal some quotes.  You can tell me if you think that they have any application today.  After this date in history…I’ll tell you who is credited with the quotes.

quotes“Think of the press as a great keyboard on which the government can play.”

“Conservatives are not necessarily dumb, but most stupid people are conservatives.”

“It is the absolute right of the state  to supervise the formation of public opinion.”

“Those who are too smart to engage in politics are punished by being governed by those who are dumber.”

“The most brilliant propagandist technique will yield no success unless one fundamental principle is borne in mind constantly-it must confine itself to a few points and repeat them over and over.”

Youthful Emmet

Youthful Emmet

On This Date in History:

Reformed Emmet

Reformed Emmet

In 1871,  Emmet Dalton entered the world in the Oklahoma Territory. I’ve seen his name spelled with two “t’s” in some sources.   He had two older brothers.  In 1889, brothers Bob and Grat went to California to seek their fortune.  The determined the best line of work that they could find was to rob trains.  Emmet wanted to come along but they said he was too young.  So, while the brothers ran around California looking for trains to rob, Emmet met a girl named Julia Johnson and fell in love.  The older brothers returned  a few years later and decided Emmet had the maturity to ride with them.  Emmet left his girl behind, thinking he had nothing to offer her.  He also delivered the tough guy line that sounds like something Pee Wee Herman once said, ” I rode away, an outlaw has no business having a girl, no business thinking about marriage.”

Bob and Grat Don't Look So Good

Bob and Grat Don't Look So Good

So, the three brothers proceeded to wander around Oklahoma and Kansas with some other thugs and they became known as the Dalton Gang.  But, their reign of terror really didn’t last too long.   On October 5, 1892 the gang got a little greedy and perhaps a little cocky.  One bank wasn’t enough.  No…they tried to rob two banks at once in the middle of the day in Coffeyville, Kansas.  But, like the James Gang in Northfield, Minnesota the Daltons didn’t count on the folks of Coffeyville getting word of the daring raid.  They were ready.  When Bob and Emmet were gathering $21,000 in booty from one bank in their grain sacks, the people of Coffeyville surrounded the building.  When the pair emerged, they found a hail of bullets.  They escaped out the back door…so much for being surrounded…and they hooked up with Grat and the others, who had similarly been ambused at the other bank. 

Coffeyville The End For Dalton Gang

Coffeyville The End For Dalton Gang

The gang ended up getting herded into what the citizens of the town came to call “death alley.”  With no where to go, the desperados were easy targets as the lead was flying.  Emmet had gotten on his horse and reached down to try and rescue the wounded Bob.  But, Emmet got hit by a shot to the hip and then buckshot to the back.  Four of the gangmembers, including Bob and Gath, died but Emmet survived.  He was later tried and convicted and was given a life sentence on this date in 1893.  But, in the penal system, life does not necessarily mean life.  Emmet served 14 years and was released on pardon as a reformed man!

Em Dalton with Tom Mix 1935

Em Dalton with Tom Mix 1935

He got out of prison, married Julia Johnson, whom I figure must not have been much of a catch or her love for Emmet was true because she waited all of that time.  I guess robbing banks must be a qualification for business on a resume because Emmet became successful as a real estate agent.  Los Angeles was booming in the early part of the 20th century so he and Julia moved there.  He picked up extra money as a consultant for Hollywood movies, much like Wyatt Earp had done.  Emmet Dalton died in Los Angeles in 1937 at the age of 66. 

The quote master at the top of the page was Joseph Goebbels.

SPC Severe Outlook 8AM Sun to 8AM Mon

SPC Severe Outlook 8AM Sun to 8AM Mon

Weather Bottom Line: Forecast still looks basically on track.  We made it to 76 on Saturday with lots of sun for the first part of the day and high clouds in the afternoon.  It will still be breezy and mild on Sunday with highs in the low 70’s.  Late in the day, a front approaches and rain will be likely with thunderstorms possible.  Guess here is that, although we are in the SPC’s slight risk region for severe thunderstorms, the timing will be such that the storms will probably be on the downswing of life.  If they were to get here around 5 pm or so, then the chances of something worthwhile might be higher.  Worth watching but the later, the less the chance for the strongest storms.  Wind will probably be the main concern.  Discussion is below.

While the front moves through, the cold air behind it will get held up north by another system coming out of the west so we will cool off for the first two days of the week but not too bad…still above seasonal averages with highs in the 50’s and 60’s.  Mid week, a cold front comes through with a chance for rain or storms followed by chillier air for the last part of the week with a warming trend starting Saturday afternoon.

   DAY 2 CONVECTIVE OUTLOOK 
   NWS STORM PREDICTION CENTER NORMAN OK
   1058 AM CST SAT MAR 07 2009
  
   VALID 081200Z – 091200Z
  
   …THERE IS A SLGT RISK OF SVR TSTMS FROM THE OZARK PLATEAU INTO
   PARTS OF THE OH VALLEY…
  
   …SYNOPSIS…
  
   PROGRESSIVE…SPLIT FLOW PATTERN WILL EXIST OVER THE CONUS DURING
   THE DAY TWO PERIOD.  THIS REGIME IS CHARACTERIZED BY AN INTENSIFYING
   LARGE-SCALE TROUGH OVER THE WRN STATES AND THE RESULTANT NEWD
   TRANSLATION OF A COMPACT SHORTWAVE FROM THE CNTRL PLAINS INTO THE
   LOWER GREAT LAKES.  THIS LATTER FEATURE WILL BE THE PRIMARY FOCUS
   FOR STRONG TO SEVERE TSTM DEVELOPMENT SUNDAY INTO SUNDAY NIGHT.
  
   IN THE LOW LEVELS…SURFACE CYCLONE OVER NERN MO WILL DEEPEN
   SLIGHTLY WHILE DEVELOPING ENEWD INTO NRN IND BY SUNDAY
   AFTERNOON…BEFORE EVENTUALLY OCCLUDING OVER THE LOWER GREAT LAKES
   SUNDAY NIGHT.  AN ASSOCIATED WARM FRONT WILL CONCURRENTLY LIFT NWD
   THROUGH THE OH VALLEY AND LOWER GREAT LAKES IN ADVANCE OF THIS LOW.
   MEANWHILE TRAILING COLD FRONT WILL PUSH EWD/SEWD THROUGH THE OH AND
   TN VALLEYS.  SWRN EXTENSION OF THE COLD FRONT WILL SAG SEWD INTO THE
   ARKLATEX BEFORE LIFTING NWD/NWWD AS A WARM FRONT DURING THE LATTER
   HALF OF THE FORECAST PERIOD.
  
   …OZARK PLATEAU INTO OH VALLEY…
  
   CLUSTERS OF STRONG TO SEVERE TSTMS ARE EXPECTED TO BE ONGOING WITHIN
   ZONE OF DEEP ASCENT IN ADVANCE OF SHORT WAVE TROUGH FROM VICINITY OF
   SURFACE LOW OVER NERN MO SWWD ALONG COLD FRONT INTO SWRN MO AND
   PERHAPS NWRN AR.  EWD MIGRATION OF 40-50 KT SWLY LLJ ACROSS THE OH
   VALLEY WILL MAINTAIN A MOIST BOUNDARY LAYER WITHIN SYSTEM WARM
   SECTOR WITH DEWPOINTS REMAINING LARGELY IN THE 50S TO PERHAPS LOWER
   60S.  CONSIDERABLE CLOUDINESS WILL LIMIT DAYTIME HEATING AND OVERALL
   DESTABILIZATION…THOUGH THE MODEST MOISTURE CONTENT AND SOME CLOUD
   BREAKS WILL SUPPORT MLCAPE APPROACHING 500-700 J/KG.
  
   THE INITIAL PRESENCE OF STRONG VERTICAL SHEAR /BOTH THROUGH A DEEP
   LAYER AND IN THE LOW LEVELS/ SUGGESTS THE POTENTIAL FOR EMBEDDED
   SUPERCELL STRUCTURES SUNDAY MORNING ACROSS PARTS OF MO INTO NRN AR.
   THE PRIMARY SEVERE WEATHER THREAT IS THEN EXPECTED TO DEVELOP EWD
   INTO PARTS OF IL/IND BY AFTERNOON ALONG AND S OF SURFACE LOW TRACK.
   HERE…SIMULATED GOES WATER VAPOR DATA SUGGEST THAT MIDLEVEL DRY
   SLOT ATTENDANT TO SHORT WAVE TROUGH WILL OVERSPREAD SURFACE TRIPLE
   POINT…POTENTIALLY CONTRIBUTING TO AIR MASS DESTABILIZATION WITHIN
   A ZONE OF ENHANCED LOW-LEVEL SHEAR.
  
   THUS…EXPECT THE THREAT FOR EMBEDDED SUPERCELL AND/OR BOWING
   STRUCTURES TO CONTINUE THROUGH THE DAY WITH THE POTENTIAL FOR A FEW
   TORNADOES IN ADDITION TO DAMAGING WINDS AND SOME HAIL.  THE
   POTENTIAL FOR ORGANIZED SEVERE WEATHER WILL EXTEND SWD ALONG COLD
   FRONT INTO WRN PARTS OF KY/TN…ALONG SRN FRINGE OF STRONGER HEIGHT
   FALLS ATTENDANT TO SHORT WAVE TROUGH.  WHILE ISOLATED SEVERE STORMS
   WILL REMAIN POSSIBLE EWD INTO THE UPPER OH AND TN VALLEYS SUNDAY
   NIGHT…DECREASING INSTABILITY WITH TIME SHOULD TEND TO LIMIT A MORE
   SUBSTANTIAL NOCTURNAL SEVERE THREAT.
  
   …ARKLATEX…
  
   LARGE-SCALE ASCENT AND CONVERGENCE ALONG SURFACE FRONT ARE FORECAST
   TO WEAKEN SUNDAY WITH THE NEWD PROGRESSION OF UPPER SYSTEM AWAY FROM
   THE REGION.  NONETHELESS…POTENTIALLY STRONGER DIABATIC HEATING
   /COMPARED TO AREAS TO THE NE/ MAY BE SUFFICIENT TO INITIATE ISOLATED
   STORMS ALONG FRONT SUNDAY AFTERNOON INTO EVENING.  GENERALLY WEAK
   MIDLEVEL LAPSE RATES WILL TEND TO LIMIT INSTABILITY DESPITE LOWER TO
   MID 60S BOUNDARY LAYER DEWPOINTS.  THIS MARGINAL INSTABILITY MAY BE
   OFFSET BY MODESTLY STRONG /45-60 KT/ MIDLEVEL FLOW WHICH COULD
   ENHANCE ANY MORE SUSTAINED UPDRAFTS WITH SOME HAIL AND/OR LOCALLY
   STRONG WIND GUSTS POSSIBLE.
  
   ..MEAD.. 03/07/2009

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