Arriving at the town marshal’s office he found a deputy marshal on duty, “Where’s Earp?”
“I dunno. He’s part-time and comes and goes. He ain’t been around fer a coupla weeks.”
While the history books record Earp as having been in Wichita during this period, Gentle Reader, he was actually off pursuing one of his many business interests—our Wyatt Earp IV will be why he is portrayed as being there in those books.
Season VI—Chapter 8—Wyatt Earp, Episode 2:
Cujo sent them to different places—Sarah and Jay Cooper, Susie Blackmon, Chris Shouse and Susan Miller went back to the Coldwater Ranch and Murdo, Dakota Territory, Boomer and Hickok rejoined the brothers Derby on the trail in Nebraska, Larry and Carl on the trail in Kansas, and Wyatt Earp just outside Wichita.
Wichita, Kansas: The Wichita deputy no more than replied to Marshal Pettifogger when he looked up, “Why here comes Earp right now. Hey Earp! These fellers want to talk with you!”
“Yeah? What they want?” Earp asked as he stopped in front of the men, and noticing the badges, “Oh—how-do marshals, what can I do for you?”
“My throat’s a little dry,” Pettifogger smiled, “How about we adjourn to the saloon?”
Meanwhile, somewhere on the Nebraska prairie: Andrew was a little surprised when he found himself riding alone—he had expected to be with one or another of his time-traveling compatriots.
He saw some movement in the far distance and reached into his saddlebag and pulled out a pair of binoculars. Even with his sharp eyes aided by the field glasses, he could barely make out the rider in the distance.
We, however, can zoom in and see who this rider is—only not today—perhaps next episode?
Coldwater Ranch, Dakota Territory: “What’s going on, Cujo?”
“For now, Susie, you must continue with your takeover of the Murdo Sheriff’s office, The Coopers will continue to manage Coldwater Ranch—Susan will serve, for now, as head (and only) cook for the ranch. Doc Shouse? You will continue to visit the local ranches—inspecting their stock and treating any animals that require it.”
“Oh—THAT sounds exciting!”
Cujo’s beagle-part caused her to bay—her form of laughter, “AR-ROOOO!!! Chris, I can tell you this much, there’s likely a range war coming down in Kansas and you and the others will be involved. For now, we must let things play out in Kansas.”
Somewhere near the Kansas-Nebraska border: “I’m getting tired of the scenery,” Larry Yatkowsky groused, “Please tell me why we’re here again.”
Big Mac smiled.
To be Continued…