Previously: The equine contingent were happy to be saddled and made ready for a field trip—even with their fancy personal quarters, they were more than a little ready to explore with their human friends.
The engineer brought the train to a stop and prepared to take-on water and wood. He and the fireman engaged in a little “shop talk” with the stationmaster and his roustabout helpers.
The marshals rode into Wichita.
They were a little surprised at the greeting Town Marshal D. Winthrop Hays gave Wyatt as they stopped at the marshal’s office.
“I’ll give you two minutes to turn around an’ git outa town, Earp,” he threatened, “An’ then I’ll start shootin’!”
Season 10—Chapter 2—Return of the Adventure Train—Episode 9…
The marshals brought their Farkleberry-Henry rifles to bear on the town marshal so quickly he hadn’t even time to flinch, “Nice to see you again, Winthrop. How’s the wife, Amelia, right?”
Wyatt had read enough of his ancestor’s history to know of the enmity between these two lawmen—Winthrop had been the original Wyatt Earp’s chief deputy the last few months of his stay in Wichita—and had been in competition with him for the marshal’s job in Dodge City. He lost that competition.
The look on Winthrop’s face was priceless. A good town marshal, he was simply not a gunfighter, nor was he particularly bright. He was, however, bright enough to realize he’d made a huge mistake, “Yer wearin’ US Marshal’s stars. I reckon you didn’t come here to take my job.”
With that situation settled and Winthrop pacified, the marshals continued their tour of Wichita and some of the surrounding area.
Too soon the marshal’s tour ended when Colonel Cooper expressed his desire to get to Fort Leavenworth to receive his official orders from (now) Major-General Benjamin Grierson, Department of Saint Louis Commander. Reluctantly, but understanding his desire to move-on, the marshals concluded the tour and returned to the train.
After a day of travel—both by train and horse they arrived at the Fort Leavenworth Military Prison—the rather inglorious headquarters of General Grierson’s command.
Thus ends Chapter 2 of our tale—but our story? To be continued…