another one opens, that's what makes this so interesting at least to a novice like myself. Do we know what Smith's position was a the time, if it was indeed Smith? Was he a lawyer or a prosecutor?
If Frank is expecting trouble would he be casually telling this person they will be waiting. Did they had other business to tend to or did they wish to stay together to avoid a individual Tom/Wyatt event? Were they going to the West End together as a group which by itself was intimidating to the Earp's but there is always safety in numbers that is human nature.
bfrey, Right now, we simply don't know who Frank McLaury was speaking to in the exchange overheard by Martha King. However, I think we have been missing what is really puzzling about the words Mrs.... more
just when I open a door... bfrey,Tue Apr 17 14:41
bfrey, 1.) Since we don't know who Frank McLaury was talking to, it is hard to see why you continue to be so focused on Smith. 2.) Again, if the cow-boys were headed for the West End Corral, why... more
Obviously there is no correct answer to why they picked there location to gather and decide their course of action. They were out of view of the Earp's and maybe looking to confront Holliday? At one... more
bfrey, 1.) What evidence do you have that Frank McLaury was talking to Marcus Smith? 2). You won't like this, but as a former teacher, can you please try to present proper spelling and grammar in... more
We have a witness seeing him talking to a tall man and listening to the exchange that was noted. I gave you the details of the evidence that it could be Smith. I will make a better attempt, but when... more
There is some evidence pointing to the tall man as Smith. It certainly is not conclusive, but there is some evidence. What is the bearing on this whole scenario if it was or was not Smith? Smith was... more
The plain fact is that we would not be having this discussion at all if Pat Hayhurst had not identified "the tall man" as Marcus A. Smith in a note. The plain fact is that we have no idea whatsoever... more
No Mr Smith was not the tallest man in Tombstone, he was a very large man by the standards in those days. He was the tallest man on Bauer's porch before the gunfight. Unless Bob Paul was lurking... more
When a witness here tries to make an identification of a suspect and thinks its him, looks like him, could be him, but isn't positively sure we call it a partial identification. The witness has seen... more