Doc Brown's medicine show comes to Dodge. One of his main attractions is Sandy, a young man quite quick and agile with pistols. His problem is that his arrogance rivals his abilities. This is demonstrated by his insistence on pushing Festus into a gunfight, which Sandy loses. With a bullet wound in his side, Matt out of town, Doc Brown accusing Festus of murder by drawing down on Sandy while he was drunk, and not wanting to have to put Matt in the position of arresting his friend when he returns, Festus decides to run for the Nebraska border. En route, he is forced to trade Ruth (his mule) and his pistol for a fresh horse. He then comes upon a saloon with Mr. Gabin and his two boys, who are less than hospitable. Festus rides on and seeks shelter in a barn from an imminent rain storm. The following morning he meets and befriends the family that owns the farm. During breakfast two gunmen ride up and tell Esther Harris, the owner of the farm and a widow, that they're there to appraise its value for someone interested in buying her land. Ether knows they represent Gabin, who's been trying to get hold of the place for some time, but refuses to sell because a stage line may be coming through the area and is interested in using her place as a stage stop. With a broken pistol that Esther's son plays with, Festus manages to bluff the gunmen, Harris and Coor, into leaving. Later that day Festus, Esther, and her son, Jimmy, go into town for supplies. Gabin informs Harris and Coor that they were bluffed by a broken gun. Festus then finds himself faced with the two gunmen and Gabin's sons, who proceed to beat him up and pour flower, molasses and sugar all over him. Jimmy is, of course, disappointed in Festus. In the meantime, Matt and Thad are hot on Festus' trail. The next day Festus goes back into town to get the supplies they didn't get the day before, unaware that Jimmy has stowed away in the back of the buckboard. Once again Festus is faced with Harris and Coor, but this time he's prepared for them.moreless
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