King relates there was a group of men gathered on the sidewalk area of Bauer's. I suppose the defintion of "large crowd' is open to interpretation?
Nevertheless, there was an audience that was watching the conversation with Behan and Frank. It does not appear to be a private conversation between them. I know that people will act differently if they are playing for a crowd or have an audience. It appears Frank had an audience?
Frank had an audience on the porch of Bauer's and also when he joined the boys down by Fly's. A large crowd obviously was at the corner were the Earp's were considering their options. Behan does mention pushing through a crowd to get to Virgil. Was there that many people gathered on the street? Probably just a bunch of old timers with fuzzy recollections.
bfrey, You write: "Franks refusal to surrender his arms appears to have been done in front of a weak sheriff, in front a large crowd assembled....." What "large crowd" are you talking about? My Best, ... more
based on Martha King's testimony bfrey,Thu Apr 19 06:16