Joe Wood, a cattle rustler, has grown rather careless and particularly bold in plying his mischievous and sinful vocation. He is about to brand a maverick when he is surprised at his task, abandons it quickly and rides away. Unfortunately for him, his horse sheds a shoe close by the scene of the branding, which is picked up by the sheriff. This horse-shoe has the initials of the bad "J.W." stamped in the metal and when the sheriff rides to the town blacksmith shop with his good-luck symbol and finds Joe, he having just had the shoe replaced, the rustler sniffs a rat, jumps into the saddle without touching the stirrups, and is away like the wind. The sheriff drops the horse-shoe, and unlimbers his artillery, but ineffectually, for the rustler not only gets away scot-free, but sends a bullet back that clips the sheriff in the shoulder and sends him down for the count. Joe, with his usual shiftiness, jumps into a job, and is next seen on a ranch doing some dare-devil stunts with frenzied...
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