Then why was Billy so anxious to get Ike out of town? There is a difference between BEING PREPARED for a fight and EXPECTING a fight. If the cowboys weren't expecting a fight, they were the only men in Tombstone who weren't. Behan had, in effect, said to the cowboys, if you don't give up your guns and go with me to the office, there's going to be a fight. And Frank was demanding that the Earps be disarmed? Why? If he wasn't expecting trouble, why?
Gary I can see an arguement the Earp's expected a fight as each were armed and ready and they were going after the cowboys. I cannot understand the case for the cowboys expecting a fight as Ike was... more
I'll accept confrontation over gunfight. It is a more accurate term for what I had in mind. Trouble may even be better. I never used the term gunfight, just fight, but I'm sure it implied gunfight.... more
I can't explain why Frank was at the corner. Checking on the Earps seems unlikely to me. However I've always thought the Earps should have sent someone to check on what was happening on Fremont... more