Wyatt Earp's insistence on patiently stalking the Thompson brothers with a pair of Indian scouts (rather than a posse) doesn't set well with some influential Ellsworth citizens who demand immediate pursuit and capture of the two fugitives.
The people of Ellsworth are unhappy that Earp has not gone after Bill Thompson for murdering the sheriff. They want Earp to lead a posse after the brothers but Earp is against it as he believes they would kill several members of a posse which is slow and noisy. Rather than joining up with their gang, Earp believes the brothers are hiding in an area called the Bushwacker section. It is rough territory where the rebels once shot up an Union patrol. Instead he has two Indians who owe him a favor to track the men in the Bushwacker area and hang nooses around the brothers to scare them and keep them on the move. It works as the scouts report the brothers' location to Earp. He goes alone to confront Ben who loses a quick draw with Earp. Earp promises him that the law does not hang insane men which he believes Bill to be. Ben agrees to bring Bill in which he does against Bill's wishes proving Earp to right and savvy.Written by
A major problem for Wyatt Earp, now that he was the Marshal of the cattle-owning town of Ellsworth, Kansas, was the Thompson Brothers. They were gun slinging terrors of the frontier, and brother Bill was wanted for the murder of a Sheriff. Unless Wyatt Earp could rid Ellsworth of these killers, and alone, he faced complete loss of influence as a Marshal.
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