Shanks is evicted from his rented ranch, loses his cattle and wife to another man. He goes to Colorado to pan for gold. He meets up with Print Quimby andconvinces him to return to Dodge with him.
They come into town with three heavy sacks of "gold", actually
sand. They deposit them in the bank. Those that took his ranch
and cattle fall all over themselves to return them. Shanks tries
to throw them out of his house, but he has a heart attack and dies. Shanks willed everything to Quimby. He doesn't want it, and signs it over to Matt, and tells him to give it all back after they have learned their lesson.