VI: Retaliatory Force

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“Reach for the sky, hombres!” Red Cloud levelled his trusty Rogers & Spencers at the desperados, thumbs ratcheting back the hammers, loud in the sudden, dust-filled silence.

“It’s the Marshall!” their leader exclaimed. No mask could disguise the voice of Max Goldstein, alias “The Colorado Kid.” “That varmint was hiding in the luggage boot all along!”

“Right you are, Kid,” Red Cloud winked assuringly at Hua Chong, the pretty new schoolmarm. “You brigands have robbed your last steamcoach—now you’ll answer to the Nevada Pinkertons!”

—Ted van Roosevelt

The Steamcoach Pillagers

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