Tumbleweeds

1
Man and beast ----
both blissfully
unaware that their
reign is over.

2
"Oh, I'm a rollin' rambler,
A tumblin' tumbleweed,
The prairie is my racetrack,
The wild wind is my steed!"

3
Don Carver -- just
another tumbleweed.

4
"Go ahead an' live. You've got a
whole lot more right here than
     them that's comin'."

5
"Lucky for you pups this ain't 
my day for killin' varmints."

6
"I never cease my roamin;
I'm always hard to catch --
But the punkin stays forever
In the same old garden patch"

7
The most fertile
spot in a fertile
land ---- the
Home Ranch of
 the Box K.

8
Kentucky Rose --
proving that a
rose by any other
name would smell
   as sweet.

9
"Wolf pups."

10
"Uh-huh -- we poisoned their ma
and pa an' I reckon it's up to
  us to give them a chanct."

11
"The punkin lays and waits
To be turned into pies and tarts,
But the tumbleweed it jumps the fence
And heads for other parts!"

12
   "You cow nurses sure will be
headin' for other parts before long
- I'm hearin' down south the Strip's
   been opened to homesteaders."

13
"Do you mean this here Cherokee 
   Strip we're standin' on 
          right now?"

14
"Yes -- and I'm goin' now to
    find out for sure."

15
"Boss, can I come along?"

16
On the edge of the 
Strip -- the cow-town
of Caldwell, Kansas --
  population 200.

17
"Ain't none of them homesteaders 
        in sight yet."

18
"Your eyesight ain't none too 
   good -- they're comin' 
        right now."

19
The Advance Guard.

20
"That ain't no homesteader --
       it's a woman."

21
"Hey I'll fix that."

22
"My name's Mrs. Riley -- I'm a
widow lady that's come to take
out one of them homesteads."

23
"It can't be no disgrace to be a 
   homesteader when a woman 
       like her is one."

24
"We're goin' back to our cows."

25
Clearing all the 
cattle from the
rich grazing land
by Government 
   order.

26
The Pointer

27
The Wheeler

28
"Yonder comes the Triple
       X outfit."

29
"Uh - huh - and there goes
     the Circle Dot."

30
"Golly, it's tough! There goes
      the Diamond Bar."

31
"Boys -- it's the last of the West."

32
While almost over night
  the little town of
Caldwell mushrooms into 
a seething, rawboned
    metropolis.

33
The ceaseless on-coming
line of home-seekers.

34
"Funny horses like water an' them
bein' so sensible in other things."

35
"You this boy's father?"

36
"This your dog?"

37
  "Then I reckon you'll be 
apologizen' to both of them."

38
"I said you'd be apologizen'."

39
  "Make a bow an' say --
'Boy, I beg your pardon'."

40
"Now say -- "Dog, I beg
     your pardon!"

41
"You're not old enough to carry 
       a loaded gun --."

42
"I'm warning you to act like a 
       man after this."

43
"If you ever meet that hombre 
again, don't turn your back 
        on him."

44
"Hello, Benton!"

45
"Not Benton any more --. I'm
     Bill Freel, now."

46
"You didn't get wet -- you got 
        saturated."

47
"Here's the roundup report, Boss
-- the last one -- it's sure 
          tough."

48
"Gee, mister, that was funny --
the way you made him take 
      his hat off."

49
"Don, why don't you register for 
a piece of land and settle down?"

50
"The only land I'll settle down
on will be under a tombstone."

51
"I -- I'm powerful sorry,
     miss -- I ----."

52
"This is my sister, Molly."

53
"It's called the Box K ranch and
controls the waterways. There's
a million in it and I'm going
         to get it."

54
"Where do I come in?"

55
"Was you plannin' to stay
       here long?"

56
"Yes -- we came to stake out a 
   homestead claim when the 
        Strip opens."

57
"It's a right good idea, miss --
I been aimin' to stake out a 
     claim myself."

58
"This is my brother -- Noll."

59
"We met outside."

60
"That lanky sister of yours has
sure grown into a good-looker
-- I'm banking on a fifty-fifty 
     break for her too."

61
"To think that a gal could have a
cayuse like him for a brother."

62
"He ain't her brother -- he's her
half brother -- same as mine."

63
"Kentucky, I'm going to register
for a piece of land -- ain't
nothin' like ownin' land --
        no sir!"

64
Nearing the day of the Strip
opening, with the wagons
of an endless horde still
rolling in from the four points 
     of the compass.

65
"I could get the best claim in the 
Strip -- but I wouldn't risk my
horse. He's a full brother of the 
   champion racer, Salvator."

66
"You can't sign for no land with 
     a kid in your hand."

67
"You've sure done well--"

68
"All duded up! Must be goin'
        somewhere."

69
"Anyway, I ain't playin' no 
       nurse-maid."

70
"I don't care for Mr. Freel and I 
    don't want to see him."

71
"They're holdin' a big street cele-
bration tomorrow night and I was
wonderin' if you'd mind me takin'
              you."

72
"The punkin lays and waits
To be turned into pies and tarts,
But the tumbleweed it jumps the fence
And heads for other parts!"

73
"That's what you cowboys call 
   yourselves, isn't it -- 
       tumbleweeds?"

74
"Yes, ma'am; I been a tumbleweed
all my life but now I'm aimin' to
settle down -- I'm gettin' real
         house broke."

75
"I'm figurin' to build a house and
I'm savin' every cent I can get."

76
"This is Mr. Freel, Mr. Carver."

77
"What pretty flowers --"

78
"Prairie flowers."

79
"I'll be callin' for you tomorrow
evenin' miss -- that is, if it's 
   still all right with you."

80
"Please don't go yet."

81
"I think I'd better go."

82
"Aw -- it's nothin' -- only a claim
  paper I up and registered --."

83
"So did I and I'm going to stake
out the Box K ranch house for 
        Miss Molly."

84
"It's tough to see any of them 
  strangers gettin' the old
       Box K ranch."

85
"Don't worry, they ain't goin'
         to get it."

86
"I'm hearin' there's some Box K
  strays out in the Strip --."

87
"I'm sorry, Boss, if we've passed 
   any up -- I'll ride out and 
        locate them."

88
"This is our chance to get Carver!
The fool's going back into the 
  Strip looking for strays."

89
"We'll report him to Major White 
as a "Sooner" and a lawbreaker --
they'll have to arrest him."

90
Sunrise, deep within
     the strip.

91
"White soldiers coming to arrest 
 you -- if you say, we fight."

92
"No, my friend -- not fight -- if
  white soldiers want me, I go."

93
The Prairie Night.

94
"Here's to tomorrow and the 
opening of the Strip! May we
   all get good claims."

95
"The Lord is my Shepherd
   I shall not want
He maketh me to lie down
   in green pastures --"

96
"Sounds like a promise, father."

97
"Won't you join me in the fun 
   that's going on outside, 
        Miss Molly?"

98
"Thank you, I'm going with
       Mr. Carver."

99
"I guess you're not -- Carver's
been arrested as a "Sooner" -- "

100
"I don't believe it!"

101
"Carver overheard us planning to
stake the Box K ranch for you and
sneaked in ahead of time to grab 
       it for himself."

102
"I don't believe it!"

103
"SOONER!" -- "SOONER!"
"Lynch him -- Lynch him!"

104
"Don Carver ain't no "Sooner."
He was just looking for some 
      Box K strays."

105
"Nevertheless, it's against orders
for a registered man to enter the 
  Strip ahead of time and I'll 
    have to hold him until 
       after the Rush."

106
"Sergeant, will you take care of 
   my horse and turn him over 
       to Joe Hinman?"

107
"Take his outfit and horse to
Hinman of the Box K ranch."

108
"You're under arrest!"

109
At last THE DAY --
when at high noon
a cannon shot will send
one hundred thousand
empire builders racing
across the broken
barriers of the last
    frontier.

110
"Noll and Freel shot down the 
trooper and killed my horse!"

111
"Speak to him if you like."

112
"Hinman has my outfit. Have it at
the live oak -- if I'm not there
    when the cannon fires --
          go ahead."

113
"Don't worry, I'll get you there --
Mr. Carver told me all about it."

114
"I reckon there'll be a place 
       for us, Father."

115
"He can outrun anything over a 
distance of ground, and after
the rush he is yours, saddle 
         and all."

116
"Im waiting for my brother Noll."

117
"I'll be darned if you're going to
get left! You can take my horse."

118
Ready for the signal
for the maddest
stampede in American 
     History

119
"Find me! I'll be headin' for the 
          bottoms."

120
"Soapsuds."

121
"I got two shots left --
    put 'em up!"

122
"That dirty "Sooner", Carver, just
drove us off Noll's claim --
     tried to kill us."

123
"I insist you come back with me
   and prove what you say."

124
"There's just one who's savin' you
a heap of trouble and you know
who it is -- I'll give you ten
seconds to get out of sight."

125
"Pardner, you got more grit'n
any man ever lived and Miss
Molly'll sure be grateful for
   what you done for her 
           today!"

126
"The last time I saw you, you
were under arrest -- you're not
only a "Sooner" but you're
         a thief."

127
"You've stolen my brother's claim
    and tried to kill him."

128
"Do you believe that?"

129
"I believe what I see."

130
"You heard her, now you
   know what to do."

131
"You didn't use no sense meetin' 
      up with me today."

132
"Well, so long -- I'll be 
    driftin' on --."

133
"It's goin't to be awful lonesome
  for the children and me way
         out here."

134
"Shucks -- let's get married."

135
"I'm going to get hitched."

136
"I aimed to do the same, but
    I missed by a mile."

137
"I got to carin' for her somethin'
  fierce -- but it takes two to 
       make a bargain."

138
"Women ain't reliable -- cows are
- that's why I'm headin' for South 
 America where there's millions 
            of 'em."

139
"Don's gal threw him over and
  he's goin' smack-bang to
      South Ameriky."

140
"Hop over an' tell that gal
      she's a fool."

141
"You do as I say or there'll be 
another cowboy smack-banging 
     to South Ameriky."

142
"Why don't you both draw? The
Government will string you up
for murder anyhow, so take 
       a chance."

143
"Old Timer, got a rope?"

144
"Old Timer, you keep them guns
and horses till the Government
sends for them -- and this
      claim is yours."

145
A long walk!

146
"These two "Sooners" are the ones
that shot down your boy, Major."

147
"I give you my word, I'm
innocent, but if you say so
I'll climb back into the 
       bull pen."

148
"You'll find better quarters at 
    the Caldwell House."

149
"DON!"


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