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Few gunmen in history have been as notorious as the late JohnDoc Holliday Part of the reason Doc has enjoyed such a famedhistory is because of the overall descent man he was that is when hewasnt gambling drinking and gunslinging When Doc died he mighthave had a handkerchief a pocket knife a deck of poker cards a flaskhalf full of whiskey and a small essay entitled My Friend DocHolliday by Wyatt Earp The most important item Doc would have had on him when he diedwas a handkerchief Doc most likely had a handkerchief because of thesevere case of tuberculosis he had which led to his untimely demise Doc contracted this disease while traveling the west staying up long hours drinking smoking and gambling most of the time he was awake This handkerchief would have helped Doc wipe up any blood and ordead lung tissue he might have coughed up on his last day of life Doc was not only a very sick man he was also a very cultured man Being cultured might have provoked Doc to wear a handkerchief as a fashion accessory because rumor has it that although Doc was a mans man he still liked to look as good as possible no matter where he went This handkerchief in his eyes may have shown people his intelligent well educated side This educated side is a side of Doc that few people know about today Usually when someone hears the name Doc Holliday they think about fighting drinking and gambling all of these are true of Doc but these people had barely scratched the surface As a young man Doc attended Valdosta institute where he became knowledgeable of the Greek Latin and French languages Amazingly Docs favorite subject was rhetoric his teachers claimed that Doc had a way with words unsurpassed by anyone in his class All of these factors may have contributed to Doc having a handkerchief with him on his final
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