Vol 8, No 298
October 25, 1921
Bat Masterson Collapses, Dies at his Desk
Famous Lawman Dies
NEW YORK CITY (1921)
On the morning of October 25, 1921, famous Dodge City lawman, and author, Bat Masterson sat down to his desk in New York City, to write his column, when he died of a heart attack. His last typewritten words were "There are those who argue that everything breaks even in this old dump of a world of ours. I suppose these ginks who argue that way hold that because the rich man gets ice in the summer and the poor man gets it in the winter things are breaking even for both. Maybe so, but I'll swear I can't see it that way." Following a colorful career as a lawman in the West, he relocated to New York, where President Teddy Roosevelt soon appointed him Deputy US Marshall. He continued writing his column until his death in 1921.