During a rest stop in Headstone, Texas Bat has a run in with a Judge known for "fine" work. The Judge is up for reelection and Bat has an idea to take advantage of it. The Judge sponsors an exhibition fight and Bat makes a killing.
In the 1880's during a railroad stop in Headstone, Texas, Bat drops into a local restaurant for a bottle of wine to take with him on the way to El Paso, Texas for a prize fight. He becomes embroiled in a fight with Largo Morgan putting up a poster for his election as Judge. The owner of the restaurant Malachi Brody is the current Judge who quickly convenes court and fines Bat the $82 in change he had coming for the $18 bottle of wine. Due to the delay Bat misses his train. As he finishes his meal he sees Brody take the money box to his office. As Brody tries to put the money in his safe, the light in the office goes out. The box is missing so he stops anyone from leaving the restaurant accusing one of them of stealing his money. However, Bat points out that out he needs evidence as they find the box behind the counter - missing $82 dollars. Bat and Brody have a private discussion where Bat reveals he knows Brody is really soft hearted but may lose his reelection. Bat has a proposal to... Written by