Bat grubstakes Cactus Charlie, an elderly prospector searching for a gold strike. Charlie finds gold, all right, the proceeds from a recent robbery and the crooks who buried the loot will stop at nothing to recover their ill-gotten gains.
During the 1880s and the big gold strikes at Central City, Colorado Bat is playing poker there. During a game ragged old prospector Cactus Charlie enters the casino and greets Bat who offers him a drink. Charlie is looking for a $20 grubstake but one of the players Eli Fisher tells Charlie to get lost. Charlie doesn't leave, so Eli stands to challenge him as Bat intervenes telling Eli to sit down. Bat gives Charlie a grubstake to end the ruckus. Later Charlie arrives in town yelling he struck it big. He repays the grubstakes he has been given with interest including two bags of gold for Bat worth $1200. However, the assayer Gordon Hall takes a long time to get Bat's cash as he tells his outlaw partners Fisher and Marc Branden about Charlie finding the money they stole and buried. The two go check the site finding it empty. Bat, meanwhile, suspects Charlie was more than lucky given the gold is in neat bags. He visits Charlie to tell him to return the stolen gold to the law but Charlie ... Written by
William Barclay 'Bat' Masterson:
You know, there are some men, Charlie, who are born to riches, other men work for it and some have it thrust upon them. My conscience says no, but the rest of my refuses to listen.
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