Mrs. King said almost nothing about the movement of the man with the horse and the tall man until cross examination during the Spicer hearing. Her testimony at the Coroner's Inquest is more particular:
"I was coming from my house to Bauer's meat market to get some meat for dinner. I saw quite a number of men standing in a group together on the sidewalk by the door of the market, and I passed on into the shop to get what I went for, and the parties in the shop were excited and did not seem to want to wait upon me. I inquired what was the matter, and they said there was about to be a fuss between the Earp boys and the cowboys. I was standing back at the time they said it. I stepped to the door of the market and I heard someone talking but did not understand at first what they said.
"Then the party seemed to separate and this man who was standing with the horse; he was in the act of leading his horse--when he turned to the other man who was talking to him and looked up at the man and said, 'If you wish to find us, you will find us just below here.' That is all I saw at this time. The tall man who was talking to the man with thed horse went down the street. . . ."
She does not make it clear whether the man with the horse and the tall man were part of the group originally and tne moved away or whether the crowd separated as they came through.
Before Spicer, this matter came up in a limited way. In fact, her statement is interesting, picking up in the middle, "Holliday said, 'All right.' I heard nothing else before that. I heard concerning the other parties what was told me by the butchers. The other parties said: 'If they want us, they can find us.' When I heard the remark I ran, being frightened, into the shop. I got as far as the blocks, in the middle of the shop, about twenty feet, when I heard shots."--EPITAPH, November 5, 1881.
She offered some clarification in the cross-examination, as previously presented--but little about the movement of the man with the horse and the tall man before they split up.
By the way, Mrs. King's testimony makes it clear what the mood was at Bauer's, both inside and out. To what extent did this mood, which included the expectation of a fight, affect or influence Mrs. King's response?
"I only knew one of the party and that was Doc Holliday, there were 3 other men with him and I was told it was the Earp's" What is interesting is the conversation that the man leading the horse is... more
To me it appears the man with the horse is walking past Bauers, talking to the tall man, who I assume is casually walking with him? He was in the "act of leading his horse-when he turned to the other ... more