Young Benny Burkett idolizes Doc Holliday and is often taken care of by Kate Holliday. He is skipping school to hang out at the Long Branch saloon to be with Doc even though Doc tries to keep him out. Earp talks to the boy's father who is a drunk and turns to the belt anytime Benny does something wrong. Earp asks the father to talk first but he decides to whip Benny severely. Benny pulls a nearby gun wounding his father in self-defense. Earp and Kate ask Judge Tobin to let the Hollidays tend to Benny rather than send him to reform school. He agrees as Earp has Benny taken to Dr. McCarty for a persistent cough. Dr. McCarty reports that like Doc Benny has consumption. Earp takes up a collection for his treatment but it is Doc who has been losing who nearly sacrifices himself and the Long Branch for money to treat Benny. Written by
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Dr. John H. Holliday, gambler, gunfighter and, by the oddity of circumstance, a friend of Wyatt Earp, was living on borrowed time. Long ill, Doc's idea of taking care of himself was to drink a quart of whiskey a day. But that a small boy named Benny Burkett could exercise a good influence on Doc Holliday was one of those improbable happenings of which no one in Dodge City would have bet a nickel.