Previously: “We must leave here. I received word that the troops deployed from Fort Snelling have reached Duluth, and will be here in a fortnight,” Lt. Col. Cooper said, “I’ve asked the Silverthorns to misdirect them to Moosehead City—that should buy us enough time to set-up the old trading post as our outpost—but we must get started now, there is no time to lose.”
“Colonel,” Mac began, “I have orders to…”
“Not any longer, Mac,” Cooper interrupted, “I’ve called-in some favors and got your orders changed.”
“Why does this not surprise me?”
Season Ten—Chapter Five—Outpost—Episode 3…“So Flutters has attached himself to you, Carl—does this mean you’ll be replacing Larry as my comic-foil as well?”
“Ya think?” Big Mac rumbled into a malevolent chuckle, “Really? I rather think you’ll serve as mine.”
“So,” Lt. Col. Cooper smiled, “Marshal McIntyre, I’ve learned you have no small experience as a sergeant-major; is this true?”
“It is, Colonel. Do you wish me to school the First-Sergeant?”
“Oh—GREAT!” Boomer thought.
“He IS a little rough around the edges,” Cooper grinned, “But it’s nothing that we can’t handle. I want you, along with the rest of your merry band of US Marshal’s deputies, including First-Sergeant Boomer, to design a training-course for all of our recruits on the laws of Minnesota and how best to enforce them with an even hand, and without prejudice.”
“There is little such prejudice in Moosehead County.”
“There isn’t now—but there is a column of troops on their way from Fort Snelling…”
“…With all the hangers-on, bringing along their prejudices,” Boomer finished the colonel’s thoughts.”
“We have our work cut-out for us,” Mac concluded—correctly.
To be continued…