Murderous fugitive Ellis Colton is wounded during a bank robbery and narrowly manages to escape. He abandons his car and hides in John Alvin's barn, but Alvin becomes aware of his presence. He subsequently learns that a $10,000 reward is offered for Colton's capture. Despite the advice of Dan Mathews, Alvin foolishly enlists fellow farmers George Bailey and Vance Wells to attempt to capture Colton and collect the reward. The attempt is unsuccessful and Wells is seriously wounded. Dan and Officer Dennis learn what has happened from Edna Alvin and Dan enters the barn, ultimately finding himself in a fistfight with Colton. Dan prevails, and Edna is pleasantly surprised when she learns the details of the reward offer. Written by
$10,000 in 1958 had the same purchasing power as $74,200 in 2009. See more »
At the opening of the second half of the story, the Narrator misidentifies Officer Dennis as "Officer Larrabee". See more »
You finally ready?
Now, the way I figure it, we gotta rush him. Now, George, you come from the left. John, you come from the right. I'll head straight for the door and we'll meet there.
But that'll put us out in the open. He can take a potshot at any one of us!
I figure he's passed out by now.
Maybe he hasn't. Maybe he's watching us right now, ready to blast away!
That's a chance we gotta take. I think John's right. Now, if you're chicken, George, get outta here! Clear out and go home!
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