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there were two beds and I would be more than welcome
to occupy one of them. Indeed it would be a favor to
him if I would! I didn't doubt it.
I declined his offer and thanking him said I thought
I would have no difficulty in getting a room in a hotel.
At this I left him and walked down the street.
When I reached the corner, I looked back. He was
starting off in the opposite direction, walking with a
surety of location impossible for a stranger within the
I was practically sure he was Ward's father. The
close resemblance and the vital interest in the decision
of the grand jury, together with the hard-boiled eggs
were pretty good evidence. I thought a little shadowing
would be good practice and I was curious to see just
what the game was.
Retracing my steps, I quickened my gait and was
soon close behind him. He knew the town better than
I did! Without the slightest hesitation he struck east
off Houston Street. This path led him directly into the
colored section of the town. Rather an unusual haunt
for one of such immaculate appearance and such a profound
uplift of mind I thought as I tagged at his
heels. He stopped in front of a shabby, unkempt, tumbledown
house, glanced up and down the street, then en,
I took careful note of the ramshackle abode and
hastened back to the court house where I got Frank
Evans, a newspaper reporter. I wanted Evans to go
back there with me and try for an interview with Garst.
We planned to have him openly accuse Garst of his
relationship to Ward and see what kind of a fit he
would throw. Evans' nose for news went up to the
wind and away we flew.
I must say that Garst found his way far more easily
than I did mine. Although I had been familiar with
Fort Worth for years, he was the better pilot.
Evans began to kid me about it, saying it was a
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Norfleet, J. Frank, 1864-. Norfleet: the actual experiences of a Texas rancher's 30,000-mile transcontinental chase after five confidence men., book, 1924; Ft. Worth, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth5864/m1/64/: accessed January 20, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .