At the Two Creeks water stop a man hands a young man $2 to give the brakeman to let them ride the rails. The older man is taking a nap in a boxcar when the brakeman wakes him up and tells him to leave the train. When the man tells him he paid, the brakeman, Ed Bruner, uses a wood club to knock him out. He finds the man has a money belt and an ID showing he is a Pinkerton agent. Bruner throws the body off the moving train. At Solberg Josh gets off the train to find himself under arrest for the murder. However, he can prove he was a paying customer in the caboose. As Sheriff Pig Wells lets him go, Bruner brings the young man, Sim Cole, to the Sheriff saying he did it. When Josh goes to retrieve his horse from Pop Michaels, he learns there has been a series of train related murders and there is a $200 reward anyone who kills a Pinkerton agent. He decides to visit Cole in jail. After hearing his story, he decides to go to Juniper Wells to find the killer but bad decisions nearly kill him. Written by
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Listen, you ever take advice, son?
Well, not often.
I'll give you some anyway. There been more railroad detectives killed on this division than there were Union soldiers in the Battle of Bull Run. Now, these railroad men hang together. They ain't what I call a gentle people.