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Further supporting your suggestion...
Mon Jun 26, 2017 12:06

...that Wyatt, or actually the Earps closely associated with Wells Fargo had reason to suspect something significant coming, is in the following facts:
Assistant Superintendent L. F. Rowell of Wells Fargo had evidently responded to the February 25th stoppage of the down coach from Tombstone at half way to Contention. Only two robbers were visible, but evidently shotgun messenger Harrington gave up the cash box containing about $135. There was no bullion on board.
Although the mails were unmolested, Dep. U.S. Marshal Virgil Earp took chase with a quickly assembled posse. No results were mentioned. Then Rowell is sent to Arizona. The Los Angeles paper mentioned about Rowell: "It is unknown what were the consultations between this officer and detective Paul [at Tucson], but ever since the latter has been detailed to supervise the Tombstone route and the result shows that such precaution was necessary." [Daily L. A. Herald - March 17, 1881, p. 2]
So, it was an 18-day stretch between the two attacks on the down coach. If Billy Leonard was also a participant in the Feb. 25th incident, would "Doc" have known about it?
From my observations Holliday was not so close with Wyatt at Tombstone as he was with Morgan. The latter had considerable experience as detective/lawman in other climes prior to arriving in Arizona, thus was savvy about getting info from informants whether they wee willing or not.

One thing in Allie's "Tombstone Travesty" that has me stymied is the statement about "the stage robbery was no robbery at all that they meant to get Paul out of the way, and that he had switched seats that night."


  • thanks for the article..bfrey, Mon Jun 26 10:46
    Great read, thanks. I found it interesting that she claimed Wyatt had tons of informants in Tombstone. One in which he admits to in trying to get Ike to give info on the stage robbers. If Wyatt had... more
    • Further supporting your suggestion... — Anonymous, Mon Jun 26 12:06
      • Condolences.Bob Paul, Tue Jun 27 08:49
        Anonymous: Shared regrets. It's tough to be "stymied".
        • Re: Condolences.K.t.K., Tue Jun 27 11:29
          Can't remember your opinion on trusting the Earps. Do you think Bob Paul was safe with them 24/7? k
          • Anonymous, opinions.Bob Paul, Thu Jun 29 10:02
            Thanks (anonymous) for the acknowledgement. I must confess that anonymous opinionated posts do not strike me as credible, especially when there is involvement of the behavior, ethics, and/or... more
      • Suspicious too, is that Doc's alibi...K.t.K., Tue Jun 27 07:23
        ...was supplied by Wyatt, which was contradicted by others. Keeping in mind that the proximity from the Feb. 25 holdup to Billy Leonard's house was three miles or less. k
      • Paul switchbfrey, Tue Jun 27 06:38
        Several sources allude to the fact that the other driver was sick that night and needed a break. The robbers had more numbers and could of chased that stage and stopped it. They did not appear to... more
        • implication of involvement. But getting witnesses to go away or drop charges was a standard routine in those days. And Tombstone was a prime example of it. In the skill set of every Earp... more
          • ButTom Gaumer, Fri Jul 14 10:25
            Didn't the prosecutor Lyttleton Price say in the newspaper he had talked with the Witnesses about Doc's involvement in the stage attack and found them not credible at all. Did he not then refuse to... more
            • Avoid the possibility of criminal charges?K.t.K., Fri Jul 14 17:30
              Since when did any Earp (or a Doc Holliday for that matter) show any undue concern about facing criminal charges in any State or Territory? According to my latest count the Earp brothers accumulated... more
              • You should put up the 46 arrests before the listTom Gaumer, Fri Jul 21 23:48
                KTK gets so long no one can handle it:-) Wyatt's story that the businessmen bought out Sippy is still the wiser way to go if moving him out required any effort at all. Both newspapers still agreed... more
                • Evidently you have never researchedK.t.K., Sun Jul 23 13:24
                  ...the lives of James, Morgan and Warren Earp, who are all documented for intimidation, threats and/or terrorizing of either men, women, or both, in many different places across the frontier -... more
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