Thundering Thompson

1
From time immemorial
 sheep have been the
symbol of love and 
   humility - -

2
In the Bible - - and
 during the time of
Christ on earth, sheep
have been the symbolics
of many many parables.

3
Yet they had brought
  no peace to the 
ranchers of Happy Valley.

4
George Morgan, most
 persistent of the 
ranchers.

	Ed La Neice

5
"Here's the stage, men.
 Now we'll know where
      we stand!"

6
Bill Edwards, self ap-
 pointed leader of the
crusade on the sheep 
men.

	Al Ferguson

7
"This is Thundering
 Thompson, boys. The
 deputy the sheriff sent
 us - -"

	CHEYENNE BILL

8
"Did'ja fetch the war-
   rant with you?"

9
"We've been waitin' here
 a week for you. What
 happened to delay ar-
  resting the girl?"

10
"Edwards, here can
 explain that. I can say
 though, that it took
 him a week to con-
 vince the sheriff that
 the girl should be
     arrested."

11
"The sheriff is against
 us, men. He says we're
 going too far in de-
 manding the arrest of
      the girl."

12
"We don't care what
 the sheriff thinks. The
 Deputy's got the war-
 rant. Let him serve it!"

13
"It's a long ride from
 the county seat to
 here. Two days in a
 stage has me all
 cramped. I'll arrest the
 girl after I get a night's
        sleep!"

14
Morning.

15
Marie Valerian was the
 girl that Thundering 
Thompson had come 
to arrest.

	NEVA GERBER

16
"Are you Marie Valerian?"

17
"Yes, but we will not
   sell our sheep."

18
"It's no use, sir. We
   will not sell."

19
"Sell what?"

20
"Our sheep. Isn't that
   what you've come
      here for?"

21
"We've had so much
 trouble for refusing to
 sell our sheep. Father
 was even beaten the
    other day - -"

22
"Beaten - - by who?"

23
"By the men who have
 been persecuting us.
 We thought you were
 another one of them."

24
"We need this pasture
 for our own stock.
 Either sell out or move
 your herd back of the
      mountains - "

25
"How can we? Our
 sheep will starve and
 die there of thirst - "

26
"Then we'll have you
 both arrested. And
 when you get out of 
 jail there'll be no sheep
 left. Are you going
   to sell - -?"

27
"Never - - you want
 our sheep because the
 market price is low -
 but we will not sell."

28
"Maybe they can have
 us arrested. But God
 gave us the earth and
 our sheep have to
 pasture. And we have
 worked so hard for
 years that we cannot
 afford to sell now."

29
"I don't think Sheriff 
 Brown would have
 sent a warrant for
 you if he knew the
      truth."

30
"He came to arrest us.
 But the truth saved us!"

31
All day long Edwards
 and the men awaited
the return of Thundering
      Thompson.

32
When Thundering
  Thompson finally
did get back to town.

33
"Well, Deputy, where's
      the girl?"

34
"I didn't arrest her. I
 found out that this is
 all a frame-up on
 your part to force her
 to influence her father
  to sell out to you."

35
"What right have you
 to take the law into
   your own hands?"

36
"None. But before I'd
 enforce the law to help
 you make that girl sell
 those sheep, I'd resign."

37
"Maybe she made love
 to you. That's why the
 law wasn't enforced!"

38
"Man O' Man, but yo'
 missed yo' callin'. Yo'
 is annuder 'Red Grange'
 but yo' don't know it -!"

39
That evening - - the
 action of Thompson
was discussed by 
Edwards and his men.

40
And Thundering
  Thompson -

41
"Even though he re-
 signed as Deputy
 before we beat him up
 - the sheriff is going
 to raise the roof with
    us about it - -"

42
"Our only hope of get-
 ting out of this mess is
 to drive the girl and
 her father out and
 strand them on the
 desert with their herd -"

43
"So, we'll start after
 them at the crack o'
 dawn. Then Thomp-
 son's word against
 ours won't be worth
    a thing - -"

44
The crack o' dawn -

45
"Come Snyder, boy.
 Way up around them,
 bunch them together."

46
"Be as quiet as possible.
 Thompson's in that
 hotel and we can't
 afford to wake him."

47
"Here, you men take
 the upper road. Be
 sure and keep in sight
 so that Thompson will
 follow you. In the mean
 time we boys will run
    off this herd."

48
"Come back here, damn
 you, or I'll pepper you
      with lead."

49
"This fellow Edwards is
 double crossing you
 boys. Get your friend
 and take him back to
 town while you still
  have your health."

50
"Be on the outside
 looking in, 'cause these
 other fellows are going
   to face the judge."

51
And in the meantime -

52
"That's Thundering
 Thompson, men. Un-
 less we get rid of him,
 we're facing the peni-
  tentiary for this!"

53
"We've had enough 
 from Thompson. You
 got us into this and
  now we're through."

54
"What's the matter,
  getting yellow?"

55
"We surrender, Thomp-
 son, we've had enough."

56
"It's not you I want it's
 that dirty double cross-
 er and I'm going to
 get him if my pony
    holds out."

57
In time, the whole
 matter was settled -
The ranchers learned
that Edwards had made 
fools of them to help
him serve his own sel-
fish ends and Sheriff
Brown had lost a good 
     Deputy - -

58
"I feel honored to have
 you as a son-in-law,
 Mr. Thompson and
 you've got a mighty
 fine little girl for a wife."

59
"Where's Efe?"

60
"Oh! Efe, I haven't had
 a chance to thank you
 for tipping me off but
 I do just the same."

61
"Dat's all right, Mister
 Thompson. Mighty
 glad to help my friend."

62
"Are you happy?"


The End.

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