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I hastily sketched the morning episode, again omitting
the Chief's name.
"Now !" I exclaimed. "What would you do if you
saw one of those buncos?"
He got quite excited and started up from the run,
ning board of an automobile parked along the curb.
"Say!" he cried, with a tone of conviction. "Say,
if I ever got my eagle eye on one of those birds, believe
me, he'd never get away !"
"Wel'," said I, "it won't take you long to get your
eagle eye on one of them!"
"Well I'll be damned!" he ejaculated. "What do
"I mean that one of them is standing just over
yonder behind that electric light pole beside the exit
gate right now! This minute!" I whispered, pointing
to the leaning figure. "Now if you follow your eagle
eye we'll have him in another second!"
We walked toward the man. As we got almost
to him, Ward stopped short. He leaned his big body to
one side and peered at the form of the miscreant. He
trained his eagle eye on him. Then he turned to me and
said in a low tone:
"I'll never forget that guy as long as I live. I'd
know him anywhere on earth. But I think we'd better lay
low and get him sometime when his whole gang is together.
That's the best way!"
With this parting speech he also turned and strode
away, to duty or some "important engagement."
In a way I regretted the loss of time from my own
affairs. Failure to get the men, when I had them all
but in jail, discouraged me.
I began to see how things were run in St. Augustine.
The sooner I got out of this part of the State, the better
luck I should have, I thought.
My two experiences made me sure, that had I caught
both Furey and Spencer, I could not have counted on
Here’s what’s next.
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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/m1/92/: accessed October 23, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .