Hardie attempts to find a gang of outlaws who specialize in stealing buffalo hides from a buffalo hide buyer, Fresno Keeley, backed by Wells Fargo. He suspects one of those involved is Billy Thompson, brother of Ben Thompson.
Jim Hardie is sent to Buffalo Creek, Kansas to check on a buffalo hide buyer, Fresno Keeley, that Wells Fargo is backing. His loads of buffalo hides paid for with Wells Fargo money have been stolen three times but he can't identify the thieves. Upon his arrival in the area Jim stops at the Ben Thompson camp. Ben is a well known gambler from Texas who has a brother Billy in the area. Jim aids Ben when a fight breaks out over his faro game while Jim is waiting to see if Ben has seen Fresno. Ben is no help so Jim checks with the reluctant railroad agent on who is shipping hides. The information has him believing Henry Wilson, another hide dealer, is behind the trouble with Billy Thompson involved. Jim finds Fresno tied up after another robbery and the two decide to set a trap. Written by
A good episode of the series that mixes some historical figures with a fictional story about buffalo hides.
The episode wraps an investigation by Hardy about stolen buffalo hides with him running into the Thompson brothers. The writers get the relationship between Ben and Billy Thompson correct with a few changes in Ben's total protection of his younger brother.
One thing the writer of the teleplay does get wrong is having Hardy state that what happened to Billy Thompson is unknown because he disappeared in the west.
Billy Thompson actually continued his life of crime killing four persons before finally getting out of the crime business. He died of a stomach ailment, in 1897.
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