They hadn’t spoken in hours; the vast expanse of—nothing had long-since eliminated that—until Larry burst into song:
“Wyatt Earp, Wyatt Earp/
Brave couragious and bold/
Long live his fame/
And long live his glory/
And long may his story be told…”
“Aw-c’mon Larry, Wyatt Earp was not exactly like he was portrayed in “The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp.”
Season VI, Chapter 6 Renegade Marshal, Episode 13:
“Yes, really. He was an investor, farmer, teamster, bouncer, saloon-keeper, miner and boxing referee. He moved around a lot and we are meeting him at his first well-known law enforcement job. Earp was certainly not the sometime scalawag as was James Butler Hickok. He lived until 1929.”
“So basically he was a good guy?”
“He was, but they took some liberties in the show—for example he was never married in the show.”
“He was married?”
“His first wife was Urilla Sutherland, died within a year of their marriage, and Josephine Marcus became his common law wife in 1881. She died in 1944.”
“Oh. I guess he was married.”
At this point, GENTLE READER, we’ll leave Mac & Larry to suffer their boring journey until they reach Wichita, Kansas—the subject of our next chapter.
At dusk Marshal Blackmon’s posse departed Coldwater Ranch for the Triple Bar-X Ranch and once they crossed the bridge across the White River she instructed the horses to tread lightly.
It was dark when they arrived at the Triple Bar-X, “Dismount here. Horses go quietly into the corral and find any sentient horses and make them ready to come quickly when called. PepperCooper, go with the horses and open the gates.”
The critters quietly signalled receipt of their orders and equally-quietly moved into position.
“Chris and Sam—cover the back of the bunkhouse and the rest of us will cover the front. When I wave we all run inside and wake our victims,” Susie relished this operation—a lot (so many cowboys).
Very carefully they got into position—but they no more got there when the door of the bunkhouse swung open…
To be Continued…
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