Previously: Meanwhile—back at the Cantina… Now under new management! The two old cavalrymen had retired and settled-in to turning “La Cantina” (new management-new name) into a place where all are welcome (as long as they don’t cause trouble).
“Sergeant-Major Cantrell?” Chris began a question…
“That would be Sergeant-Major Cantrell, retired,” Cantrell laughed, “Please continue Marshal…”
“Shouse, Chris Shouse. We’re here to find and arrest several troopers from Fort Savage who were extorting business owners in Loco, and ultimately attacked the town. Who can we trust to help us find them?”
“They’re not here.”
Chapter 6—Loco Part III—Fort Savage—Episode 11…At La Cantina… “Who are they?”
“2nd Platoon, all of them. They rode out yesterday morning, headed north. Major McClellan sent them out to meet an incoming platoon.”
“Is this unusual?”
“No, ma’am, but 2nd Platoon is unusual.”
“2nd Platoon has more men in it than a standard troop, around a hundred men,” A cavalry officer explained as he joined them, “Out here the army doesn’t enforce strength-levels, ’cause they don’t much pay attention to us.”
“Lieutenant Nathan Wood, please meet some very-intrepid marshals—marshals, the commander of the Black Horse.”
“Thank you Sar-Major. You marshals look intrepid, indeed. Marshal Blackmon, I’ve not seen you since a week before you disappeared from Hartle’s Corners.”
“THAT was a night to remember, Nathan.” [Oh—good grief—GENTLE READER!]
Susie introduced Wood to her colleagues and Chris wisely gave Susie the lead on this part of their investigation—with a very-wide grin.
“Sar-Major?” the lieutenant grinned, “Is the back room available?”
The back room used to be where the trollops (read that as “prostitutes”) used to take their clients before the “ladies” were kicked-out.
“Be my guest.”
As soon as he closed the door, “Look, Susie, there are spies for McClellan in the cantina, listening. You have got to get a prisoner out of the Loco jail, I overheard Major McClellan talking to a Jeremiah Smith, who has a plan to fool the town marshal into surrendering him.”
“Did he say when?”
“In the next week or two. What prisoner could possibly be that important?”
“Spencer is not his real name, it’s really Johann Schwarzkopf, (Gr-Gr-Great-Grandfather of Millie Schwarzkopf Gamboge), who we’ve been tracking for many years. He has an amazing ability to disappear.”
To be Continued…