A Little Learning (Episode 4.03)
Executive Producer Norman MacDonnell
Judge Henrys ranch was notable for several luxuries. He had milk, for example. In those days his brother ranchmen had thousands of cattle very often, but not a drop of milk, save the condensed variety. Therefore they had no butter. The judge had plenty. Next rarest to butter and milk in the cattle country were eggs. But my host had chickens. Whether this was because he had followed cock-fighting in his early days, or whether it was due to Mrs. Henry, I cannot say.
Two camps in the open, and the Virginian's Monte horse, untired, brought him to the Swintons in good time for the
Hello! [Honey Wiggin] said, perceiving the Virginian. So youve dropped in for your turn! Number - six, aint he, boys?
Depends whos a-runnin the countin, said the Virginian, and stretched himself down among the audience.
Ive saw him number one when nobody else was around, said Trampas.
How far away was you standin when you beheld that? inquired the lounging Southerner.
Well, boys, said Wiggin, I expect it will be Miss Schoolmarm says whos number one to-night.
Is there many? inquired the Virginian. He was still stretched on his back, looking up at the sky.
I dont know how many shes been used to where she was raised, Wiggin answered. A kid stage-driver come from Point of Rocks one day and went back the next. Then the foreman of the 76 outfit, and the horse-wrangler from the Bar-Circle-L, and two deputy marshals, with punchers, stringin right along, - all got their tumble. Old Judge Burrage from Cheyenne came up in August for a hunt and stayed round here and never hunted at all. There was that horse thief - awful good-lookin. Taylor wanted to warn her about him, but Mrs. Taylor said shed look after her if it was needed. Mr. Horse-thief gave it up quicker than most; but the schoolmarm couldnt have knowed he had a Mrs. Horse-thief camped on Poison Spider till afterwards.