Bat wins a mining claim in a lottery, but a huge bearded man attacks Bat when he tries to find it. He throws Bat into the Trinity River and Bat floats downriver finding his companion Bob Bradbury dead on the other side of the river.
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Bat arrives in northern California along the Trinity River where he has a gold claim. He has been riding with young Bob Bradbury who hopes to strike it rich. Nearing his claim Bat stops as Bob continues on his way to Weaverville. As Bat looks for the claim markers he spots large footprints as his horse shies away. Suddenly a bearded giant of a man jumps on Bat out of a tree. The man rather quickly throws Bat into the Trinity River. Bat floats downriver to the other side where he finds Bob dead with a broken rifle by him.. Bat continues on to a deserted Weaverville. Bat signs in at the hotel on his own, cleans up, and goes outside where he hears piano music. He follows it to a Chinese temple. Once inside the music stops and he spots a lone Chinese woman who leaves. Bat enters the room seeing someone has put liquor bottles on the altars. Bat finds himself confronted by Dick MacIntyre and his four henchmen after he opens a door to a room containing gold. Bat realizes he is their prisoner... Written by
Near the end of the story, Bat Masterson says, "...where every man wishes he were a Paul Bunyan". The story takes place during the 19th century; however, the fictional character known as Paul Bunyan wasn't created until the 20th century. See more »