That's another good point. The men who confronted the cowboys were the same men who had been repeatedly threatened. Therefore, by the standards of honor operative at the place and time, having the persons directly called out was to be expected. Try as many now do to muddy the waters, the simple truth is that the cowboys allowed Ike to call the tune; the Earps then played the music. This is not to say that the events which led to the street fight and which followed were not complex; but the efficient cause of the street fight as such and the way it played out is not that hard to understand.
bfrey, The fact is that the men who confronted the cow-boys in the vacant lot were the very same men that Ike Clanton had been threatening all morning long. If Virgil Earp had enlisted other deputies ... more
So as to Ike threatening and calling the tune we have to question if the others were actively involved and aware of the level of Ike's threats? Ike at one point was a one man band. Ike was also... more
bfrey, Well, Frank McLaury may have had his own private tune playing in his head. While it was Ike's dim-witted public one-man-riot that put Tombstone on edge, it was Frank McLaury's intransigent... more
swaggered: past participle, past tense of swag·ger Verb: Walk or behave in a very confident and typically arrogant or aggressive way. That is basically the way that many Tombstone citizens believed... more
In my opinion the Earps should of been a little more contrite about taking 3 lives. They should of took the posture of acting remorseful, regretting their actions and saying so. They still had the... more
swagger and sashay suggest an element of strutting, arrogantly in the former case, with a certain contrived, "look-at-me" nonchalance in the latter. My own hunch, based on nothing, is that the Earps... more
They listened enough to get themselves in trouble. If you rub your hands in catfish charlie they are going to stink for a while no matter how much you try to wash them afterward. Others can even come ... more