One day William Colton rode into a town where a young quaker boy was being led into the saloon. It seems he had set one of McComb's barns on fire. Some time earlier, the Townsends' had ...
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One day William Colton rode into a town where a young quaker boy was being led into the saloon. It seems he had set one of McComb's barns on fire. Some time earlier, the Townsends' had found some virgin soil outside of town and offered to pay McComb for it. McCaomb refused, and the quakers settled the land and began homesteading. McComb demanded they get off their land. He had threatened all sorts of things against them if they didn't. This particular day, he made his threats again. Townsend Sr. went to Colton's hotel room and asked him to kill McComb for them since it was against their religion to perform the act of violence themselves; but they soon came back to their senses. Townsend decided it would be best to leave. Written by
Now you understand me, Mr. Townsend. I built this town. I cleared this land. I came here as a very young man twenty-five years ago when there was nothing here but weeds and cold winters and Indians, but it's a place to live now! And it cost me! My father, scalped and screaming. My wife wasting away with fever. And two sons with arrows in their backs. So don't you tell me that land is cheap. Not this land!
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I think everyone profited from this episode. It's unfortunate that Mr. Townsend Sr. had to die for the lesson to be learned. Young Townsend learned the things his father had taught him his whole life about their religion, anti-violence views, and loving one another.
McComb...He learned a hard lesson, unfortunately. He learned that money isn't everything. He can throw his name and power around, but it could cause unnecessary death and hurt in the end.
I did think McComb's change of attitude was a bit hard to believe. A few hours before, he was ready to burn them out - which could mean killing them. Then suddenly one of his men kills the father and he's all heart? It was a little hard to believe...
But it was still a pretty good episode.
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