On September 29 the Tucson star reported, "Over two hundred people have left Tucson to attend the feast at Magdalena (in Mexico) on the 4th proximo, it being the regular annual feast of San Francisco. This includes the sporting fraternity. Doc was back in Tombstone only briefly at the end of September, and left again October 1, just before the feast.
Doc does not seem accountable for the whole month of October until called back to Tombstone by the Earp's on October 22. At least his movements cannot be pinned down.
Kate says they were in Tucson for 4 days but I see we do not take Kate's word on specifics concerning Doc. We have Morgan getting Doc on the 21st of October and heading back to Tombstone on October 22.
As a side note Virgil is in Tucson to get prisoners Stillwell and Spence on October 20th. There appears to be quite a group of cowboy associates in Tucson also. Who would accompany Virgil for his assistance? Wyatt is in Tombstone taking on Virgil's duties.
Would not a big festival that gathers a large amount of people from all over the region cause all the bunko artists in the state to gather? I see it similar to a big prize fight in Vegas. They do not gather on that date. They gather before and slowly build up to the date. Wouldn't a festival of this size do the same?
We have always wondered where Doc was in October because his exact whereabouts are not known. The folks that believe he was wounded in the Skeleton canyon massacre claim he left to heal a wound he recieved. ( I do not believe that is the case) I have always wondered if there was an explanation, and with Pete's article it seems logical he was following the money at the time of this festival.
We have what seems to be a very legitimate concern by Tucson law officials that felt there was a problem with Doc and others trying to control the games. Isn't this the same thing that was going on in Tombstone, a fight to control the gambling and money. Why wouldn't Doc be part of that in Tucson?
Kenny: Re "we have the Earps in tombstone", isn't this about the time when Virgil and James were involved in the fracas with McMaster and the suggested failed communication/direction from Tucson... more