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Somewhere around 1880 or so a group of tired prospectors from Leadville, Colorado camped in the Clear Creek Canyon area. The next morning they awoke minus their burros for the simple reason that they didn’t remember to tether them. They found their burros down by a creek, declared this was “good luck,” and decided to build a new town on the spot. That new town was Beaver City, Colorado.** There’s not much left of Beaver City today except for a couple of outhouses.

This is the story of what happened a year or two later, or perhaps three, when two strangers rode into town:

 
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It was late afternoon in the mining community of Granite, Colorado. The local saloon was relatively empty, as many of its patrons had left for their dinners. A player piano was tinkling through a medley of Stephen Foster songs, in a somewhat dyspeptic manner as some of the keys didn't play. The bartender hummed to the music using this slow period of the day to clean up before the...
 
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Upon leaving the diner, the Kid walked on to Carrie Buffum's house. He and Heyes had decided that the Kid would do the 'talking' to Becky to limit her contact with Heyes.

Heyes was to 'stay off the street' so he returned to their room in the boarding house. Fortunately he had brought a book with him from the hotel in Granite, something called "Walden...
 
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Happy tails to you until we eat again.
Happy ails to you, keep aching until then.
Who cares about the pen* when one is dying?
Just think of all those folks that you’ll leave crying.
Happy tails to you until we eat again.


*Wyoming Territorial Penitentiary built in the fall of 1873




Hannibal Heyes and Kid Curry were resting in a secluded glade by a country stream. The weather was warm, perhaps a bit balmy, the sky was a rich baby blue dotted with fluffy cotton...
 
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