Unknown to Doc,
Nose” Kate was also enroute to the new boom town of Tombstone and the two ran into each other in Prescott,
was winning heavily at the tables and pocketing $40,000 in
was happy to keep him company. In the early summer of 1880,
the two reached Tombstone.
arrived in Tombstone, not only did he find Wyatt,
but all of theEarp
James who traveled with Wyatt
from Dodge City, and
from Prescott, where he had just been made a
Deputy U.S. Marshal.
and his brothers were mining silver and James was dealing
as the acting City Marshal, and also swore in Morgan
as an officer.
When the Earps had
arrived in Tombstone, the
had been running roughshod over the territory and immediately resented the
man" Clanton, his sons, Ike, Phin, and
Curly Bill Brocius,
John Ringo and their followers lost no time in expressing their
Holliday was a welcome addition to the
fight with the "Cowboy"
Shortly afterwards, Kate was running a boarding house in Globe,
some 175 miles away from Tombstone. However, she was known to often stay with
when she visited.
In October, 1880, Doc
had a dispute with a man by the name of Johnny Tyler in the Oriental
Saloon. Though Tyler quickly high-tailed it out of the
and the saloon owner, Milt Joyce, continued to argue.
As usual, the argument
turned violent and
who was drunk at the time, fired several shots hitting Joyce in the
hand and his bartender, Parker, in the toe of his left foot. In
retaliation, Milt struck
on the head with a pistol. Doc
was arrested and charged with assault with a deadly weapon, found
guilty and fined $20 for assault and battery plus $11.25 court costs.
Many times when "Big
Nose” Kate visited
they were known to have frequent arguments, most of which were not
serious until Kate
got drunk. Often, her drunkenness would escalate to abuse, and
in early 1881,
had finally had enough and threw her out.
On March 15, 1881,
four masked men attempted a hold up on a stagecoach near Contention
and in the attempt, killed the stage driver and a passenger. The
immediately seized upon the opportunity and accused
Doc Holliday of being one of the holdup men. The sheriff who was
investigating the hold-up, found Kate
on one of her drunken binges, still berating
for throwing her out. Feeding her yet even more whiskey, the sheriff
persuaded her to sign an affidavit that
had been one of the masked highwaymen and had killed the stage driver.
was sobering up, the Earps
were rounding up witnesses who could verify
whereabouts on the night in question. When
realized what she had done, she repudiated her statement and the
charges were thrown out. But, for
this was the "last straw” for
and giving her some money, he put her on a stage out of town.
Throughout the summer
of 1881, the threats against the Earp Brothers by the Clantons increased. The
Cowboys, as they were referred to, were often heard telling bar room stories of
how they were going to send Wyatt Earp
to Boot Hill.
Tuesday, October 25th,
Ike Clanton spent the day getting drunk, moving from one saloon to
the next, and making threats against the Earps and Holliday
to any who would listen. That night, he made his way to the
for a card game with