Led by Pal, the horses & mules galloped past a forming line of raiders some 500 yards from the cabin; the raiders too surprised to react. Besides, to them it was a good sign—their quarry would be on foot.

When they were a safe distance away, they stopped to consider their next move, “Where should we go for help?”

I’m thinking, Rachel, we have few choices left to us,” Pal knew that all the peace officers were out on the roads, and four of them—they’d left behind at the log cabin, “Suggestions?”

Meanwhile, at the log cabin…

…Things were not looking all that good.

Season VI, Chapter 2, Episode 24:

While the understated “things were not looking good” for the six in the log cabin, “things” had improved dramatically almost everywhere else around Moosehead County: One column of some 25 raiders had been destroyed by Deputy Cooper, Doc Shouse, Matt Farkleberry, Cyrus Bishop and with no small assistance by Grey Cloud and his Ojibwe warriors [it’s curious that for many years the Ojiwe had not thought of themselves as “warriors,” but rather as “hunters trappers and fishermen,” having driven the Dakotah from their lands, but now? They were again warriors (who also trap, hunt & fish)].

This was a huge loss to Spenser & McLintock’s little army—and they were unaware of the loss—Lieutenant Calhoun had pulled every available raider from the roads to the assault on the cabin, effectively removing the threat to Danger Bay, Williams’ Station and Moosehead City.

The raiders had them surrounded ©2012 Jack BoardmanLarry looked out at the gathering raiders, “It appears that we may be a bit outnumbered.”

By what odds?” Professor Hare asked wryly, wondering why they hadn’t packed a Gatling Gun or six.

A mere twenty-five to one.”

Elfego Baca had worse odds at the ‘Frisco Shootout‘ in 1884.” Erik replied—immediately regretting that reference, since that was eleven years in the future. Luckily neither Bart Nathaniel or Bill Williams heard him.

Frisco Store [CC Creative  Commons] Jack Boardman

The Frisco Store, site of the "Frisco Shootout" 1884

Thunderhoof suggested they find Marshal Blackmon, reasoning that she would be patrolling the roads and trails on the bluffs above Danger Bay, making her the closest help available. The others agreed and they set out to find her.

Thunderhoof suggested they find Marshal Blackmon ©2012 Jack BoardmanThat they would find Blackmon was more or less certain; would it be on time?

To be Continued…


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17 Responses to Outnumbered!

  1. Chris Shouse says:

    WOW is all I can say!!!


  2. Elizabeth Miller says:

    Sounds to me as if our heroes have some allies unexpected by the raiders. And surprise is often useful!


  3. But surely the good guys will win :))


  4. John James says:

    It’s only Tuesday, we won’t see any action until next Monday…. 😦


  5. Sarah Cooper says:

    You found a way to make six to one sound comforting!


  6. Erik Hare says:

    I like reporting on history in the future. 🙂


    • Jack Boardman says:

      It’s all so confusing when you’re from the future, reporting something from your past that is in their future! 😐


  7. lhalvor says:

    So there really was a frisco shootout in the past future?


    • Jack Boardman says:

      Yes there was, and apparently Walt Disney’s “Nine lives of Elfego Baca” series was quite accurate, at least according to Wikipedia:

      “…Significant is the care Disney took to depict the famous siege in as authentic a manner as possible, given the known details…”

      Impressive, considering how Disney embellished Davy Crockett. 🙂


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