Butch, I don't think this story has been dismissed out of hand. The detailed reporting that Kenny provided and the information I added demonstrates that the circumstances of the San Augustin Festival have been pretty thoroughly investigated during the time the event occurred and during the period afterward when newspapers were looking for things to use against the Earps. Neither period turned up references to the event described. That's checking out the sources before arriving at a conclusion.
Is there a possibility that this event slipped through the cracks. Maybe, but in light of the evidence Kenny cited, I'd say its highly unlikely.
the story is quite true. But I have qualified my thoughts in a post above. While I think it is folly to depend on this one article for the accuracy of the story, I also think it's just as silly to... more
Hi Gary I wonder what was considered the "Top and Bottom" gang, could have been conflated with the "Earp gang", a later thing, in the public mind. I guess all these roving and colorful gamblers were... more
As Gary made clear, if it were true the Earp's newspaper enemies at the time would have made the most of it as opposed to what they actually did, which was say nothing at all Never trust the media... more