[a schoolteacher greets Kit and El Toro while holding a rifle]
El Toro: Is that what you use for a pointer?
Christopher 'Kit' Carson: When we met Chrissy, she was on her way to Sacramento to see the governor.
Mercy McBride: Guess she got that idea from me. I was going to go, but I was afraid to leave here. You see, anywhere else possession is nine points of the law. In this town, it's the whole ten points.
El Toro: Do you think she is loco?
Christopher 'Kit' Carson: What's crazy about doing something for the children of the country?
Ty Bickson: This doesn't concern anybody except us here in Melody Flats. If Carson sticks his nose in, I'll twist it for him!
Christopher 'Kit' Carson: I hear you're having trouble with the schoolteacher.
Ty Bickson: This trouble you talk of is none of your business, stranger, but since you've asked, I'll tell you about it. When the diggin's around Melody Flats dried out, most of the miners left but a few of us stuck around. Now we've found gold up on the hill under the schoolhouse. That crazy schoolmarm drives all the men away with a rifle.
Christopher 'Kit' Carson: Doe she own the property?
Ty Bickson: I run this town and I ssy that property belongs to everybody!