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They were tough and hardy and their leaders were clever and intelligent. We won some skirmishes and some battles, too, but even when we did, the Yankees came after us. It was a losing proposition. So why am I here in Gila Bend? There’d been no challenge. The town was a cesspool full of murderers, rapists, whores, gamblers, and general lunatics who liked the smell of blood. Why was I still here? I sighed again and never did come up with an answer that made any sense. I drifted off to sleep and awakened early.
For the first time, the young man’s emotion showed in his eyes. They glistened a bit, and he wiped them with the back of his hand. ” “I’m sure he was, boy. But you’ve got something to do right away: buy a horse at the livery and get the hell out of town. ” “Yeah. I was. But they won’t see it that way—at least not completely. In their thinking you caused the race and you caused the outlaw’s death. ” “I don’t have any money to buy a…” I gave him a fifty from my vest pocket. “You do now. Collect your tack from your Appy, buy a horse, and haul ass.
That don’t mean a goddamn thing to me. I’d as soon use that star as a target as not. I’m gonna tell you…” “What you’re going to do is listen, Powers,” I snarled. “Don and me are going to clean up Gila Bend. There’s no more free rides for you and your crew, no collections from the saloon owners, no gunfights in the street, no horse racing in the street. I hear your gamblers are crooked. Get rid of them. I hear you mistreat the whores and don’t pay them ‘cept with nickels and dimes. That’ll stop.