During the summer of 1883 in the Dakota Territory Bat goes on the steamboat Dakota Queen on his way to Deadwood. As the passengers go on board they are told there is a new policy requiring everyone to check their guns for their safety. Bat has no problem with it but he decides to go to the Captain to have the $10,000 he is carrying put in the ship's safe. Once there he finds the steamboat has been taken over by a group of pirates led by King Henry a large man who enjoys eating. Bat is relieved of his $10,000 and the other passengers are relieved of their money, jewels, and furs. When Kyle Henderson tries to lead a charge to take back the steamboat, Bat stops him and learns the attractive woman Nora with him is his sister, not his wife. Bat overhears they are stopping the steamboat at Trader's Dock a ghost town. Another passenger secretly tells Bat he has a barrel of cheeses on board. Although not expensive, they are rare. With Kyle's help Bat decides to use the barrel to recover the ... Written by
18 February 1959 (USA)
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You are merely being held as hostages. No harm will come to you at all as long as your fellow passengers do as they are told. If there's any resistance or uprising or revolt of any kind, you will be shot...
[fires two shots into the ceiling
Why you filthy, no good riverb...
[the "first mate" strikes him with his pistol butt
Now where was I?
William Barclay 'Bat' Masterson
The hostages will be shot... thusly.