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U.S. Marshal Shorty Thompson had been summoned to Deadwood South Dakota to testify against Belle Thornton for killing her husband and robbing their bank of sixty thousand dollars, in the town of Pecos, New Mexico.

He was now slowly on his way back home to New Mexico. When he got to Cheyenne, he would put Dunnie Jr on the train for the rest of the trip. This was an early winter day, cold but there was no breeze and the sun was brightly shining and not a cloud in sight.

Dunnie loped along at an easy pace. Shorty was hoping to reach the new, very small village of New Castle before night. Within a few hours, maybe noon, he knew he might be in trouble. Clouds, yes snow clouds now blocked the sun and a swift west wind was whipping up.



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