Previously: “Very-well, then, I’ll just have to use the Ojibwe-method of interrogation. You won’t find that very pleasant.”
The Eagle-Point Band of Ojibwe did not employ torture as a method of extracting information—but they didn’t know that, and Hiram would let them mull that over for a while.
“Okay chief, I’ll talk,” the bearded prisoner said.
“Don’t bother, I’m looking forward to interrogating you—Ojibwe-style. You had your chance.”
“Be silent. Your scalp would look good hanging from my belt,” Hiram grinned.
Chapter 8—Fort Justice—Episode 3…
Chris decided the safest action would be to continue to Loco—then to make a sweep of the trail between Loco and Fort Justice and clear-out any outlaws.
They arrived in Loco and after escorting Boomer and Pal home to recuperate, Chris sent a telegram to Phineas Cooper asking him to send a patrol out on the trail to Loco to help clear the outlaws and that the marshals would be doing the same from Loco.
Pal was settled in the stable and Boomer & Daisy safe in their home. Chris figured that maybe Cujo would stop-by and accelerate the healing process (she was—of course—correct).
Chris and the remaining marshals, after a short rest (read nap), and a visit to the “Shady Lady Saloon,” where they served really fine food, for a decent meal before returning to Fort Justice.
The prisoners were dropped-off with Town Marshal Fitzhugh—much to their surprise—they weren’t tortured by that damn “Injun.”
Deputy Marshal Hiram Silverthorn asked to remain in Loco to back-up Fitzhugh until Little-Mac McGyver returned.
Two hours later Chris, Big Mac, Susie, Sarah, Jay, Larry Flutters and AJ were rested, fed, and back on the trail to Fort Justice—on-the-hunt for highwaymen and other scoundrels.
They would likely find some.
“Home sweet home, Daisy.”
“You need sleep, People-Dog Jack,” Daisy arfed, “I’ll stand guard.”
“By ‘stand guard’ you really mean ‘I’ll be in bed if you need me,’ right?”
To be continued…