A drought and the end of the stage line force Slim and Jess to join a cattle drive run by a stranger with their own herd in order for the ranch to survive. Jess is impressed with the hard nosed trail boss but they soon become suspicious.



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Episode cast overview:
Robert Crawford Jr. ...
Hake Ballard
Jake Tyler
Richard H. Cutting ...
Bill - Rancher Going to Calgary (as Dick Cutting)
Fred Coby ...
Deputy Sheriff


A drought is plaguing the Laramie area hurting the ranchers and Laramie. Most of the local ranchers are driving their herds to Calgary but against the advice of Jess, Slim refuses to join them. The merchants are requesting cash from Jess and Andy when they go to Laramie. While there they witness Hake Ballard gun down a man who rode into town before him. Due to Jess's statement Hake is cleared by the deputy. During a meal together Jess learns Hake is taking a herd to the Sweetwater mining district over the Cherokee Trail which impresses Jess. It is too late to join the Calgary drive but Jess suggests they join Hake on his drive even though Jonesy says it is a dangerous trail at this time of the year. Slim is informed personally by Frazer who runs the stage line that they having to close the line due to a loss of business. With this news Slim decides to take Jess's advice. Andy stays behind while Slim and Jess join Hake with Jonesy on the chuck wagon. They soon learn Hake is a hard but ... Written by Anonymous

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12 January 1960 (USA)  »

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When the stage is coming into the Sherman relay station Jonesy says Mose is driving, but when we see the stage leaving neither the driver or shotgun rider is Mose. See more »

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