While Jim Hardie is on a private trip on the Wells Fargo stage line in Arizona, the stage is held up by Pearl Hart and her gang. The stage line is out $5,000 while Jim lost $55. Known to hangout in New Mexico, Jim tries to lure her out.
Jim Hardie was looking forward to some time off at the end of a Wells Fargo stage route in Arizona. He was riding with three other passengers one of whom was a beautiful widow. When two men held up the stage, the widow pulled a gun on Jim telling him to unbuckle his gun belt. Besides stealing the strongbox with $5,000, they stripped the three male passengers of their money including $55 from Jim Hardie. The driver knew who she was due to her shooting prowess which she had proven during the holdup. Rumor had it that she hung out around Deming, New Mexico so Jim headed there. Sadly, Sheriff Roseboro could not help Jim as he said she did not come around town. Hearing the stories about her shooting, Jim decides to use a shooting contest to draw her out.Written by
Pearl Hart committed one of the last recorded stagecoach robberies in the west. She was mainly known for her gender in the profession. See more »
Pearl Hart lost the shooting contest with Jim Hardy after her fifth shot ended up outside of the black bulls-eye in the first white ring surrounding it; all five of Hardy's shots were in the bulls-eye. Though the close up of Pearl Hart's fifth shot showed it clearly outside of the bulls-eye, the longer shot showed that the shot was primarily in the white ring, but also touching the black bulls-eye. In normal shooting competitions, if any part of the bullet hole touches an inner (higher scoring) ring then that shot counts for the higher score. See more »