Ike is said to have considered at least two stories to tell his brother and friend when they came to Tombstone around noon on Oct.26th and presumably asked about the bandage on Ike's head.
The first was this. "I was walking through the streets earlier today and I passed some children walking around singing church songs. I fell in behind them and sang along with them. Virgil Earp came up behind me and hit me over my head with his gun, marched me off to court where I got a $20 fine for singing off tune
Advantages: He maintains his claim to virtue and his role as an oppressed victim. He is taken down while singing rather than as a wandering crazy and or fearless hero seeking a fight with 4 men!!!
Second was this. While walking around Ike was carrying a rifle and a revolver and making threats. Virgil hit me with his revolver from behind without warning, saving me from a gunfight then and there and warning me about carrying guns in town.
Obviously Ike went with number one as number two would have served to warn his brother and friend to not carry their guns while walking around in town and maybe saved their lives.
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