In this striking portrayal of the west, the story revolves around the cleverness of Shorty Blair, the express messenger, who, by his tenderfoot appearance, manages to carry the most valuable packages through the bandit-infested country in which he operates. In this story Shorty is entrusted with $50,000 and, knowing that the probability of being held up, he carefully conceals his identity and poses as the greenest of green tenderfeet, completely hoodwinking the proprietor of the roadhouse at which he is forced to wait for the stage. A band of outlaws, operating near the junction, are apprised by their pal, Kelly, in the employ of the express company, that a messenger is passing through and must stop at the Wild Steer Tavern. They come in full force that night of Shorty's arrival, tell the proprietor, who is in league with them, that they know the messenger and the money are in the house, and demand that he be given up. The proprietor, fooled by Blair's innocent appearance, tells them ...
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