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A FRONTIER DOCTOR
gun had pierced the top buggy from five different angles.
It was a long long time before Bronco Jack heard the last
of 'How about them ar' six holes through that greaser?'
There had been bad blood between the Americans and
the Mexicans - the sporting element - for some time
and this affair came near being a cause of war between the
two factions. Almost before the dust had settled in the
blacksmith shop, word went like wildfire through .the
Mexican settlement that Bronco Jack had murdered
Benito. In less time than it takes to write about it, the
Mexicans began to assemble, armed to the teeth. They
only lacked a leader to begin a slaughter of the Amer-
icans, which looked to them an apparently easy matter,
as they greatly outnumbered us.
The gravity of the situation was evident and knowing
that they had nothing personal against me I took a hand.
Assuring Benito and his friends that his wound was a sim-
ple affair and not dangerous, I succeeded in arranging a
meeting between the combatants and led Jack into the
room, crowded mostly with Mexicans, to shake hands
with Benito and bury the hatchet. According to the
understanding, Jack came unarmed. I was sitting on the
bed just behind Benito's colchon, when Jack limped over
to it and leaned over to grasp Benito's hand. Just then a
villainous-looking Mexican, full of whiskey, pulled his
gun and fired point-blank at Jack's back. Fortunately
an American cowboy behind the Mexican jerked his gun
simultaneously and using it as a club laid about six inches
of the Mexican's scalp open so that he sank insensible to
This lucky blow came at the right instant to deflect the
gun of the would-be assassin, the bullet passing just under
Bronco Jack's right elbow between my knees and into the
colchon on the bed where I was sitting. Two rather nar-
row escapes within thirty minutes!
Here’s what’s next.
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