It was then he saw the stagecoach coming up the street at a rather impressive speed, “Let’s go, now. We just might get aboard and on our way before they notice.”
“Can’t they just follow the stage?”
“I paid the stable owner to drive all their horses out on the prairie and to lock up the stable. They won’t be coming after us anytime soon.”
The Pettifoggers quickly scrambled into the stagecoach—but their joy at having escaped Big Mac and his deputies evaporated when they heard, “Hold the stage, driver!”
Season VI—Chapter 9—Range War, Episode 5:
On the streets of Wichita…Big Mac wasted no time in pulling the fugitives from the stagecoach and arresting them and turning them over to Town Deputy Marshals Wyatt Earp and Sadie Beteenus.
Wichita Town Marshal Phineas Blusterwart, sympathetic to the Pettifoggers objected, “Yew dang-well better have a good reason for this insult to them fine marshals.”
“Phinny—you have no idea what you are talking about.”
“Turn in yer badge, Earp—yer fired!”
“Marshal Blusterwart?” Mac rumbled; menace in his deep voice, “You’d best not interfere in the business of the US Marshal’s Office. Our orders come from Washington DC and in case you’re not aware of this—we can remove you from your job and put you in a cell right next to the Pettifogger brothers.”
Blusterwart turned to leave, “You ain’t heard the last o’this.”
He was seen riding out of town towards the Jones Ranch.
About the same time—ten miles outside of Wichita…Five of the McCullough cowboys lay dead or wounded and most of the rest riding hard for the McCullough Ranch as the Jones cowboys rode away. Two of the McCullough boys rode for Wichita.
There were only two large ranches near Wichita, and a few small operations; mostly the area was made up of hardscrabble farms and as word spread of the fight, the small ranchers and farmers began to take sides. This would get really ugly—really soon.
In front of the Painted Lady in Wichita…The first people the two ambush refugees saw as they galloped into town were Deputy US Marshal Blackmon and her deputies, “Marshal; we been bushwhacked by the Jones boys!”
To be Continued…