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The Price of Salt 

The salt bed is now exhausted and the only supply left is in a warehouse and controlled by its new owner. Since everyone needs the salt and they need it now or their cattle will die, the ... See full summary »

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Ada Halle
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Sid Talbott
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The salt bed is now exhausted and the only supply left is in a warehouse and controlled by its new owner. Since everyone needs the salt and they need it now or their cattle will die, the biggest buyer tries to set the price. When a price is reached, they are all up in arms. But the monetary price is nothing to what is finally paid. Written by DrDOS

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4 February 1968 (USA)  »

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An interesting story about what cattlemen faced.
19 August 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The cattlemen in the area go to the regular salt mine to make sure that their cattle will survive the dry conditions. Animals such as cattle need salt to survive so this is an important element in their survival. But the area salt has been mined out and the only salt is owned by Ada Halle and she is using economics 101 'supply and demand' to get the price that she wants. And the area cattlemen, including Ben Cartwright, are fighting for what salt is left.

While the cattlemen know that there is limited salt they are willing to share. But one man, Sid Talbott, wants to bribe Ada into giving him all the salt leaving the other herds to die, thus he will be able to demand any price when he sales the cattle for slaughter. But things take a turn for the worse when Ada sees even more dollar signs in front of her eyes.

An interested tale into what cattlemen faced in the rural west. The acting was top notch and the salt story interesting. The writer did try to start a sub-plot with Ada having a relationship with the local sheriff but that seemed more like a time killer than an interesting part of the story. But overall this was an entertaining show.


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