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Moons and resting places for the night.
Thu Jun 14, 2018 12:12

Hi Joyce,

I think you are looking too deeply into every syllable to find something suspicious.

I really don't see much difference in "the night was too dark to track" and your preferred "there was not quite enough light to track". This is getting into splitting hairs area.

Of course we can read the same thing and disagree.

Yes Virgil said they had to lie there, until daylight. But the only there he mentioned was Drew's. That (Drew's) was where he was meeting Paul. So, I my reading of that, he means Drew's. They weren't going to sleep out in the bad weather if they didn't have to do so. If you read it that way, okay but I don't see it that way.

As for snow, I did post some contemporary weather notices from those first days of the posse ride. I think Kenny did too, so I'm not sure whose post you are talking about.

George Parson wrote of slight snow on the morning of the 15th. 16th had cloud cover due to snow storms.

Could snow have helped them track? Maybe. Could clouds have covered that full moon? Maybe. And snow can sure come and go quickly in AZ. I was in Bisbee near Easter one year, and watched it snowing while we ate breakfast. By the time we finished, and checked out, the snow was totally gone. It was a couple of inches too. The snow was still there in the mountains though.

One thing we do know for certain, is the Sheriff of Cochise County, the leader of the posse, didn't arrive until 5 am on the morning of the 16th.

And this first phase of the posse ride was successful. They caught one of the murderers.

I understand, and agree you are entitled to read this as you want to. You certainly don't have to change your opinion.

I guess I'm just confused as to your point here. None of the experienced trackers there, Paul, Masterson, or Behan objected to the decision to wait until daylight. Nor have I ever read anything about them camping out in the cold that first night. I just can't see the 51 year old Paul sleeping on the ground if he didn't have to. Nor do I read Virgil's words to mean they did camp out.

I guess we will just have to agree to disagree.


  • Gail/full moons...Joyce..., Wed Jun 13 06:38
    Hi again, Gail Clearly we read the same thing and draw different conclusions. Virgil said that the night was TOO DARK to track. That has the sound of emphasis; not something like 'there was not quite ... more
    • Moons and resting places for the night. — gka500, Thu Jun 14 12:12
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