Randall Kidd was standing outside the Dreadwood Saloon with a few of the locals when Peterson arrived, “They’re all dead, Tom, his men, and Marshal Iverson!”
One of the locals, a man planted by Kidd and McLintock, shouted out, “We need to go after these killers; who’s with me?”
“We should, but we ain’t gunmen.”
“I am,” Kidd replied, “And I’ve done some marshaling in my time. You fellas round up as many boys as you can and bring ’em here at first light and we’ll track ’em down and give ’em justice!”
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As the locals went off to “…round up as many boys…” as they could, Kidd and his planted “local” went into the saloon where they found Dreadwood’s mayor holding court and completely unaware of the town marshal’s shooting. McLintock was also there and of course, the two gave no indication they knew one-another.
Kidd told the story of the massacre and the death of Marshal Iverson. He also told of his call for a posse to hunt down the killers. Mayor Byron Bluster, a long-time friend of Iverson was devastated.
“You can count on the Triple Bar X for twenty men, Mayor,” McLintock offered, “Is there a deputy to lead them?”
“No, our deputy marshal is eighty years old and just guards the jail at night.”
“I might be able to help you, Mayor,” Kidd generously offered his services, “I hadn’t planned on marshaling again, but I have a lot of experience.”
“I am grateful for your offer,” Bluster replied, “and will accept it. When this is over, Mr. Kidd, we can find a permanent replacement for you. Thank you so much.”
Mayor Bluster hired Kidd on the spot and swore him in—there were plenty of witnesses to make it official. McLintock shook his hand, “Marshal? Have you a place to stay?”
“I was about to head over to the hotel…”
“Nonsense! We have plenty of room at the ranch. That way, come morning you’ll have a twenty-man posse ready to go.”
“Thank you, sir. I believe I’ll take you up in that kind offer.”
To Be Continued…