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INTO THE PANHANDLE
One day 'Bronco Jack' and Benito, a Mexican, had
been playing monte, when a dispute occurred and they
quit and Jack went back to his work. I stood leaning
against the door jamb at Howard & McMasters' store,
lazily watching Bronco Jack in the shop opposite where
he was repairing a covered buggy. Something attracted
my eye and I saw Benito stealthily gliding diagonally
across the plaza toward the blacksmith shop, a long bowie
knife glittering in his hand.
I whistled. Jack looked up and I signaled with my
hand. Scenting danger he jerked out his gun and limped
toward the door. Benito was but a few paces from Jack
when he came in view. Jack threw down on him ordering
him to stop, but instead Benito sprang at him like a
wildcat. Jack's gun barked, the bullet passing through
the chest muscles of Benito's left side and then between
my head and the doorpost, burying itself in the wall be-
hind the counter exactly on a level with my ear.
The warriors clinched in a deadly embrace. Bang
went the gun again, and between powder, smoke, and
dust raised from the dirt floor by their struggles, they
were soon half hidden from view. The gun cracked four
more times. Then Benito was seen staggering from a side
door, and collapsed on the ground a few paces away. All
this took but a few seconds. I ran across, calling to
Jack, 'Are you hurt?'
'Hell, no,' he replied, 'but I put six bullets through
that greaser all right. You had better look after him.'
Examination, however, revealed nothing to verify this
but a flesh wound from the first bullet. Benito had fainted
from excitement and the loss of blood from a small
severed artery. In a few minutes he was made comfort-
able on a colchon (wool mattress) on the floor in front of
a bedstead in the house of Pedro Romero.
Later it developed that the last five bullets from Jack's
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