A man meeting the Rangers loses money to them in poker where Cotton is the big winner. The next day he asks to ride with them to Laredo. He is killed on the way to Laredo and asks Cotton to deliver his case and a message to his niece.





Episode complete credited cast:
Reese Bennett (credit only)
Marilyn Erskine ...
Milly Beamish
Lemuel Beamish
Michael Keep ...
Regina Gleason ...


Cotton, Erik and Joe on the way back to Laredo are in a saloon when Lemuel Beamish enters late at night asking to learn to play poker and he will provide the drinks. The four play with Cotton being the big winner as Beamish finesses the cards. The next day he asks to ride with the Rangers but has a hard time keeping up. When his saddle breaks, Erik and Joe leave him with Cotton. Cotton and Beamish stop to spend the night in an abandoned fort. An Indian stabs Beamish to death but not before he asks Cotton to deliver his case along with a message to his niece arriving in Laredo the next day. Before delivering the case, Cotton is attacked again but rescued by Joe. He delivers the case to Milly Beamish who can't find what she expected in it. She questions Cotton who states there was a message but it was garbled. She asks Cotton to take her to the fort to pay her last respects to her uncle. After they leave, Erik, Joe, and Chad learn the money they won was counterfeit. Sensing trouble they... Written by Anonymous

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24 February 1967 (USA)  »

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Shifty character
19 December 2016 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

On the way back to Laredo after an assignment a rather shifty character played by Carl Ballantine kind of attaches himself to the Rangers. He has good reason for wanting their protection, he's carrying a suitcase full of money, $25,000.00 worth. He kind of bonds with Claude Akins making his last appearance as guest Ranger Cotton Buckmeister. And when he is killed by people after him he gives him a nursery rhyme riddle to tell his niece Marilyn Erskine who is coming to Laredo to meet Ballantine.

Of course there's a lot more to Ballantine than met the eye. And Ms. Erskine who makes some moves on Akins has even more layers to her.

Wait till you hear what was in the suitcase and what Ballantine left behind which is what Erskine and the people who killed Ballantine really wanted.

Poor Akins, his heart was broken, but not for long.

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