20 September, 2009
Showdown at Evans' Ranch
The Pinkertons have gotten wind that the townsfolk have sent to the county sheriff to intervene against them. Creeping out to the Evans Ranch through the badlands the Pinkertons arrive to find Ol' Jeb with Evans across the stream with the Peterson brothers and Farrell at the Evans house.
Ol' Jeb can see the Pinkertons approach but he won't waste his shotgun ammunition at this range.
Zeke White has climbed up a rock cliff overlooking the ranch walls to get a better shot, but is shot by Farrell from the front door of the Evans place. He stumbled and falls off, twisting his knee in the process.
The Peterson brothers skirt the McEwan house, hoping to outflank the Pinkertons' advance.
Evans and Ol' Jeb reach the road having considered trying to cross the ford but taking shots nonetheless.
Rucker charges ahead of his crewe. For some reason he's advanced with no regard for cover, while his men run from rock to rock.
Evans and Ol' Jeb head for the bridge, picking up speed on the good surface and somehow aren't hit by the volley of fire coming from Pete Walsh beyond.
Jake Peterson and Farrell wait for Rucker to appear around the copse of trees. When he does, he's surely done for...
They open fire on Rucker over the wall, but miss due to Rucker's canny use of cover.
Rucker returns fire, but missed completely as well.
McFarland has caught up at this stage and has slinked up along the tress. He takes aim at Peterson and shoots him dead.
McFarland leapfrogs Rucker's position to take aim at Farrell with deadly effect.
With Peterson's brother in the McEwan house, and Ol' Jeb and Evans at the bridge, the Pinkertons has taken control of the Evans Ranch and the others surrender. The Pinkertons have mastered the town's most important people. Will the County Sheriff save them?