PREVIOUSLY: “Here’s the deal, gentlemen,” Carstairs said, after completing the interviews, “You’ve been selected as reliable men by Marshal Hickok, and I’ve selected you for an important job.”
“What kind of job?” Phineas Johnson asked.
“To be hired-guns for Colonel Milton Bell,” Carstairs replied, “He’s expected to arrive in the next several days and we know he must hire gunmen, as we believe he wants to take over Tombstone to be his new base of operations.”
“Will we be working for you?”
“No,” Carstairs replied, Captain Boomer, would you be so kind to address these men?”
Captain Boomer was interrupted by a fellow at the head of the riders, “You any good with that Reming…”
Boomer finished his question with his .44 pointed at his head, “Fair to middling.”
The man’s eyes grew wide and he suffered a comment from one his friends, “I think he answered your question, Rufus.”
Season 17—Adventure 6—The Search—Episode 8—Scene 1… Deadwood RR Station… Flutters observed Bell’s arrival in Tombstone—and immediately notified the good guys. We, GENTLE READER, will hang around and eavesdrop on the bad guys’ conversations.
Flutters observed Bell’s arrival in Deadwood
“Excuse me, sir,” Bell asked the stationmaster, “Could you please direct us to a saloon and a place we may rent or purchase horses?”
“Yes sir,” he replied, “Nuttal & Mann’s Saloon for both, as the blacksmith is usually there this time of day—and he has horses for sale or rent.”
“Thank you, sir,” Bell replied as he and his friends started towards the saloon.
“It seems as though our escape from Danger Bay is now complete,” Johnson smiled.
“So it would seem,” Bell replied, “Now—perhaps we can start our recruiting process.”
Episode 8—Scene 2… Inside Nuttal & Mann’s Saloon… Milton Bell engaged William and Andy Carstairs in conversation, “Are you fellows looking for work, by chance?”
“Maybe, who’s asking?” Bill Carstairs replied, “And what kind of work?”
“Maybe, who’s asking?”
“The name is Bell, Milton Bell, at your service.”
“I doubt that—but please continue,” Carstairs replied.
Meanwhile at the back of the saloon, Frank Smith was negotiating with the blacksmith for horses, “That much?”
“Tell you what—come with me down to my place—and you can decide for yourself”
And that GENTLE READER is just what they did—and a deal was made.
Episode 8—Scene 3… Outside the Blacksmith’s place… “Well, sir—what do you think?”
“Well, sir—what do you think?”
“This is a fine horse,” Smith replied, “If the others are as good, we’ll pay your price—if the boss agrees.”
The boss agreed, and the horses were purchased.
Our story will be Continued…