The Young Riders (1989–1992): Season 1, Episode 23 - Gathering Clouds: Part 1 - full transcript

The Kid plays on his Virginia roots in order to infiltrate a gang of renegades led by an anti-government rebel named The Hawk. Meanwhile, an ambitious and head-strong Army captain begins to crack down on dissent in Sweetwater in his own bid to reveal and capture The Hawk and his men.

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You don't understand.

A few days, that's all I need.

I'll lose my farm.

Hope you all have
a real nice day.

Ow.

You don't understand.

It's all right, folks.

You can see
it's a hold up. Just relax.

Nobody's gonna get hurt,
unless these bluecoats
do something stupid.

My baby! My baby!

What's goin' on here?
What's this?



Tell major Ross
that hawk's raiders
send their regards.

Sorry about the inconvenience,

of course, these fellas here
are gonna have
some explainin' to do.

Gentlemen,

It's an army dispatch.

Did you know
you were carryin' this?

Here's your loan.

Don't worry
about payin' it back.

Come on!

Ok, get his saddle bags.

Prepare to do honors
to major Ross.

Company.

Company.

Looks like a catalog.



You don't mind if I open it?

- Been meaning to get my girlfriend a brush.
- Been meaning to get my girlfriend a brush.

This ain't a catalogue.

Ok, get his saddle bags.

Mrs. Mary brown
from the ervin brush company.

Looks like a catalog.

You don't mind if I open it?

Been meaning
to get my girlfriend a brush.

Carry

sabres.

Thank major Ross
from hawk's raiders.

Tell him ervin brush company's
out of business.

Prepare to do honors
to major Ross.



That task has fallen on to me.

And I assure you
I do not intend
to repeat his mistakes.

Draw

present

present.

Sabres.

Can I speak off the record,
lieutenant?

Does that greenhorn really think

he can do better
against the hawk
than the major did?

People around here
don't see him as a terrorist.

They see him
as some kind of hero.

Which cannot be allowed
to continue.

Sabres.

Left and right by file.

Left and right by file.

March.

Maxwell, be in my office
in 5 minutes.

Can I speak off the record,
lieutenant?

That'll be it, Mr. Tompkins.

Oh, uh, Jimmy, would you
get me some of that molasses
over there?

He can do better
against the hawk
than the major did?

We'll find out.
Won't we, corporal?

From now on, things are gonna be

from now on, things are gonna be

a lot different around here.

Major Ross
was a good man, captain.

Oh, I'm not saying
that he wasn't, lieutenant.

But his job
was to eradicate the hawk,
and he failed.

This has nothing
to do with slavery.

See?

He ain't got an answer.

Of course not.
Why should I?

Oh, Jimmy,

well, I think it's time
you learned how to read,
or learn to love liniment.

And I assure you
I do not intend
to repeat his mistakes.

Now with that in mind,

I've requested an additional
2 platoons to be brought in
from fort miles.

You really think they'll help?

It's that kind
of defeatist attitude
that I wish to address first.

Yes sir.

It is not my intention
to create a show of force

for the hell of it, lieutenant.

Nor do I wish to create
the misperception

The trail of death
and destruction
he left behind.

Captain, since he moved
into this territory,
he's changed his ways.

But the hawk and his men
must be stopped.

Now, people do not
seem to realize
what this man did in Kansas.

The trail of death
and destruction
he left behind.

Captain, since he moved
into this territory,
he's changed his ways.

People around here
don't see him as a terrorist.

He thinks
the government's gettin'
too big for its britches.

Says Washington shouldn't be
telling folks what to do.

You know which one it is?

Oh, uh, Jimmy, would you
get me some of that molasses
over there?

You know which one it is?

I know which one it is, Emma.

Would you pick it out
for me, please?

You know, I'm as patriotic
as the next guy,

but I gotta tell you,
I'll be damned glad
to see 'em go.

Why, you oughta
be thankful they're here,
Mr. Tompkins.

Well, I think it's time
you learned how to read,
or learn to love liniment.

Excuse me, Mr. Tompkins,
but the store room's empty.
Where'd you say the oats were?

And you wouldn't mind me
putting this on your hotcakes
in the morning?

Of course not.
Why should I?

This is exactly
what I'm talkin' about.

Am I not guaranteed
the freedom of speech,
sergeant?

For that hawk
and his gang of thieves.

From what I hear,

that man's a people's friend.

He thinks
the government's gettin'
too big for its britches.

Excuse me, Mr. Tompkins,
but the store room's empty.
Where'd you say the oats were?

Out there
where the army's horses.
They cleaned me out yesterday.

You know, I'm as patriotic
as the next guy,

Says Washington shouldn't be
telling folks what to do.

Tell you the truth,
I'm of half a mind
to agree with 'em.

Why, you oughta
be thankful they're here,
Mr. Tompkins.

If they weren't,
we'd just be easy prey

for that hawk
and his gang of thieves.

That don't make stealing right.

Or taking over the town either.

No one is more loyal
to this country than I.

Like hell.

The people's basic
constitutional rights

to determine their own destiny.

It is imperative
that we be vigilant
in our cause,

to protect our basic freedoms

as given us
by the foundin' fathers

why the very presence
of the army in this

fine little town of yours

only further proves my point.

Washington is committed
to taking away

the people's basic
constitutional rights

friends, neighbors,

it is imperative
that we be vigilant
in our cause,

friends, neighbors,

it is imperative
that we be vigilant
in our cause,

to protect our basic freedoms

as given us
by the foundin' fathers

what you're talkin' about
is treason, mister.

Hell,
he oughta be strung up
for talkin' like that.

This is exactly
what I'm talkin' about.

I will not forget this.

Oh, by the way,

where in the tarnation
did you learn
them kind of fisticuffs?

All right, you folks go on
about your business. Go on.

Am I not guaranteed
the freedom of speech,
sergeant?

What about the slaves?

Gonna talk about
their freedoms, too?

He ain't got an answer.

You're nothin' more
than a treasonous snake

hidin' behind
your fancy clothes.

Sergeant,
I'm a retired army colonel

from the great state
of Virginia.

No one is more loyal
to this country than I.

That ox who jumped in,
was he part of it?

No, never seen him
before in my life.

But don't worry about it.

He just made your performance
that much more believable.

That's enough.

Who's that, soldier?

That corporal macon, sir.

Get him, macon.

All right, you folks go on
about your business. Go on.

All right, Marshall.

Go on.

Nice one, kid.
Give him some more.

What's goin on here?

Marshal,

I owe this young man
a vote of thanks
and possibly my life.

He's a true patriot.

Wasn't a fair fight.

I will not forget this.

I've been assigned
to Lewis's unit
to find out who.

Sergeant Miller will be
your only contact.

It went well.

Hey, kid.

But I tell you,
if I'd known
how hard you punched,

I don't know that I'd volunteer.

That ox who jumped in,
was he part of it?

He just made your performance
that much more believable.

Oh, that's nice I guess.

By now you must be familiar
with a man known as the hawk.

Aloysius Darnell,
the man you just defended,

has 2 sons
riding with his guerrillas.

Since the hawk
likes to recruit young men
of courage and action...

Oh, that's nice I guess.

You mind telling me
what this is all for now?

By now you must be familiar
with a man known as the hawk.

So far his identity
has eluded us.

We want you
to infiltrate his gang,

find out who he is
and where they are,

Washington's hoping
that little rescue we staged

is gonna draw you
to their attention.

I just helped a guy in a fight.

It doesn't hurt
that you're a virginian

since the hawk
likes to recruit young men
of courage and action...

Washington's hoping
that little rescue we staged

it doesn't hurt
that you're a virginian

and that your late brother
may have known the hawk.

So far his identity
has eluded us.

Sergeant Miller will be
your only contact.

The hawk's influence
is spreading like a disease.

He's been distributing
this propaganda in every town
in the territory,

what have you got
to do with this?

The army thinks
someone on the inside

is supplying the hawk
information.

I've been assigned
to Lewis's unit
to find out who.

And then report back to me.

What have you got
to do with this?

He's been distributing
this propaganda in every town
in the territory,

and I must say,
it's quite effective.

Men like the hawk
can destroy this union.

Welcome ladies.

What's that all about?

Men like the hawk
can destroy this union.

So, what do you say, kid?

You in?

Good.

Welcome.

This ain't the way we work it.

The other grooms aren't here yet

and I want to present
these lovely young flowers

welcome.

Marilyn? Is that you?

Alvin?

Welcome to Sweetwater.

Tillem.
Good to see you.

Welcome.

She's already spoken for, ike.

What's that all about?

How was your ride?

Welcome to Sweetwater.

And I want to present
these lovely young flowers

in the style they deserve,
especially since
they've come all this way

to make you gents happy.

Alvin?

Yeah.

Now, just a minute,
Mr. Brown.

This ain't the way we work it.

To make you gents happy.

Mr. Tillem.

Now please, step back.

Now, Alvin, I know it's hard,

To meet her new husband,

Mr. Harold Jackson.

Thank you.

Our next beauty
is miss Ellen snortland.

Now, Alvin, I know it's hard,

but you'll have to
control yourself.

And her lucky man
is Cyrus Blackburn.

Hey, Cyrus,

And don't forget
to tell your friends
about our service.

But certainly not the least

attractive flower
of today's bouquet,

is miss Annie lawfer.

Annie's traveled
all the way
from Baltimore

to meet her new husband,

hey, Cyrus,

I thought you were saving
that suit for your funeral.

He is.

But certainly not the least

Is there a Harold Jackson here?

Must took a look
and had second thoughts.

I just received this letter
from the erskine mining
company down in Utah,

where Mr. Jackson was working.

Thanks folks for sharin'
in the joy of these
blissful couples,

and don't forget
to tell your friends
about our service.

I wouldn't worry too much
if I was you.

He was probably just delayed.

Well,

thanks folks for sharin'
in the joy of these
blissful couples,

I got this here
as fast as I could.

They aren't holding out
too much hope
for any survivors.

Oh, my god.
That poor man.

He was probably just delayed.

Mr. Tillem?

Here.

I got this here
as fast as I could.

Miss lawfer,

I just received this letter
from the erskine mining
company down in Utah,

where Mr. Jackson was working.

I'm afraid it contains bad news.

There was a cave-in last week.

I'll see if I can
find a new match.

This should cover stage fare
back to Baltimore.

I'll pay for your hotel room
until it arrives.

There was a cave-in last week.

They, uh,

they aren't holding out
too much hope
for any survivors.

Oh, the hotel.
Thank you very much.

Oh, my god.
That poor man.

This should cover stage fare
back to Baltimore.

I'll pay for your hotel room
until it arrives.

Thank you. I don't know
how I can ever pay you back.

I don't have any money.

Oh, the hotel.
Thank you very much.

I don't have any money.

Just get home safe and sound.

Good luck.

I'll see if I can
find a new match.

An apple.

An apple.

Yes and no.

Thank you, ike.
I am much obliged.

That's Indian sign.

This is ike mcswain.

Thank you, ike.
I am much obliged.

Please, uh, come in.

That's all right.
Don't mind me.

Freedom of choice.

Adam and Eve had it.

I'm sorry, I don't understand.

He wants to help you
with your bags.

That's Indian sign.

Now, the biblical question
for the day.

What is Melissa
holding in her hand?

An apple.

Now, the biblical question
for the day.

Freedom!

Anybody?

Eve gave Adam an apple
from the tree of life.

Uh-huh.

A war that's gonna
split this nation in half.

Like this.

Yes and no.

May I?

And Adam had to choose
whether or not to partake,
didn't he?

Yeah, and when he did,

Eve was naked.

Like this.

A war that's going to be fought

over the freedom of choice.

Eve gave Adam an apple
from the tree of life.

And Adam had to choose
whether or not to partake,
didn't he?

In the eyes of man.

Please, uh, come in.

Why?

The war's coming.

And my pa says
we gotta choose sides.

Uh-huh.

It's a sin to enslave anybody.

Whether that's in
the cotton fields
of the south

Less than the slave owner
does his field hand.

So then you think
the south's right?

We have some choices to make.

Why?

Whether that's in
the cotton fields
of the south

or the factories of the north.

North don't have slaves.

So then you think
the south's right?

No. I'm saying that
a choice has to be made.

I'm saying that
the wisest course of action
may very well be

the least popular.

Like those men
that took the army's money
and gave it to the people?

My daddy says
the south ain't right
to make people slaves.

Your daddy's right.

Hello.

Uh, excuse me.

May I help you?

No. I was just lookin' in.

North don't have slaves.

Well, they have factories,
they have sweat shops,

they have money men
who value their workers

less than the slave owner
does his field hand.

I'm saying that a good man
can sometimes be wrong.

I'm saying that
the wisest course of action
may very well be

Hello.

To what do we owe
the pleasure of your visit?

I don't know.

I guess I'd like
to improve my reading some.

I'm saying that a good man
can sometimes be wrong.

Like those men
that took the army's money
and gave it to the people?

Ah, yes, yes.

Well, you've got
quite a reputation
for a man so young.

Oh, I see you've caught up
with our mysterious visitor.

No. I was just lookin' in.

Well, you're welcome anytime.

The name's Jeremy stiles,

schoolmaster.
I'm new in town.

Well, that's a discussion
for another day.

Well, that shouldn't
be a problem.

I'm sure miss Collins
would be very happy
to tutor you.

That's all right.
You don't have to.

Oh, I see you've caught up
with our mysterious visitor.

Yes, indeed. James hickok,
this is my assistant,
Vera Collins.

It's my pleasure, ma'am.

James hickok.

Hickok?

Ah, yes, yes.

Meet me in the alley
behind the doctor's office
after dark.

I guess I'd like
to improve my reading some.

Trouble is, I'm gone a lot.

I ride for the pony express.

Well, that shouldn't
be a problem.

It's my pleasure, ma'am.

Vera, please.

If you don't mind me asking,

to what do we owe
the pleasure of your visit?

Shipment of the newest
Springfield rifles.

You know, promotion's
almost a certainty

for whoever brings down
the hawk.

Excuse us.

Mr. Stiles.

Captain.

That's all right.
You don't have to.

Ready, Vera?

Excuse us.

And I'm tired of you
and your treasonous talk.

Is never living
in one place too long.

I suppose for the right officer,

it would be worth the sacrifice.

Maybe onto somethin'.

Meet me in the alley
behind the doctor's office
after dark.

It won't be long now, Vera,

a matter of weeks at most.

Washington's finally
providing me with
the resources I need.

And I'm tired of you
and your treasonous talk.

You understand me?

Washington's finally
providing me with
the resources I need.

Resources?

Shipment of the newest
Springfield rifles.

Now you don't look pleased.

I like it here.

It won't be long now, Vera,

For whoever brings down
the hawk.

It could lead to a command
in a more desirable part
of the country,

Good night.

Good night.

I like it here.

Vera, one thing
an officer's wife
must come to accept

hmm.

It would be worth the sacrifice.

You've grown careless,
miss Collins.

I wonder what the captain'll
think about this.

Hold it! I said hold it!

He shot him!

I wonder what the captain'll
think about this.

To take a walk outside
and get some air.

I was crossing the street

and that's when
I heard them arguing.

To take a walk outside
and get some air.

What happened?

You killed him!
You killed him!

He shot him!
He shot him!

Hurry up! Get him!

Hold it! I said hold it!

Oh, my god!

You killed him!
You killed him!

Called him a traitor.

The next thing I knew
the kid shot him.

May I go, please?

Of course.
I'm sure this has been
most unsettling for you.

Sergeant, miss Collins
needs an escort home.

Sergeant Miller, you ok?

Oh, god.

The one they call the kid?

He said men like the hawk
were the only hope
this country had left.

Lieutenant, have a squad
of your best men

ready to pursue the fugitive
at dawn.

Oh, it all happened so fast.

And that's when
I heard them arguing.

The young man who rides
for the pony express.

The one they call the kid?

He said men like the hawk
were the only hope
this country had left.

Then the other one,
sergeant Miller,

called him a traitor.

Sergeant, miss Collins
needs an escort home.

Lieutenant, have a squad
of your best men

There's his horse.

Spread out.

There he is.

Come on, let's get him.

Come on, Katie.

Corporal macon, get over there.

He the one?

Yeah,
that's his paint over there.
Calvin, go fetch him.

I don't like his face.

There's his horse.

I don't like his face.

Just help me get him up, Jeff.

All right, got him.

1, 2.

It's hawk's raiders.

Corporal macon, get over there.

Mr. Hunter,
the facts are these.

Lieutenant, up there.

Up on the rocks, sir.

And states' rights agitator
in a fist fight.

Sergeant Miller,
with whom he fought
on that occasion,

and at least
one other occasion,
is dead,

1, 2.

Well, army wants him
for murder and treason.

They're sayin' hawk's raiders
helped him escape.

Any luck pickin' up his tracks?

No. It's like
they disappeared in thin air.

Can't unload the wagon here.

A few days ago,
he was seen defending
a known southern sympathizer

and states' rights agitator
in a fist fight.

I'm sorry about your men,
captain,

I truly am,
but there's no way
on god's green earth

that boy could have done
what you're sayin' he did.

You what?

It was the army's idea,
'cause the kid's from Virginia

and they figure maybe
his brother knew the hawk.

Now, any doubt I had
about your boy's
involvement in this

ended this morning when hawk
and a group of his men came

Well, I can see
why the army's worried about
hawk's raiders, teaspoon.

Those boys know
what they're doin'.

You know that Collins woman,
don't you, Jimmy?

And at least
one other occasion,
is dead,

and most damning of all,

miss Vera Collins saw him do it.

Ended this morning when hawk
and a group of his men came

to his aid and killed
a couple of my soldiers
in the process.

Kid's in serious trouble, boys.

What kinda trouble, teaspoon?

Well, army wants him
for murder and treason.

To his aid and killed
a couple of my soldiers
in the process.

I've called a town meeting
at 2:00 this afternoon.

I suggest you
and your people be there.
Good day, sir.

You'll tell me
what in god's name
you put the kid up to.

Teaspoon,
what I'm gonna tell you is
got to stay in this room.

All right.

Can't unload the wagon here.

Kid's in serious trouble, boys.

You know that Collins woman,
don't you, Jimmy?

Yeah.

She's the one sayin'
the kid killed that sergeant

when they caught him
spying on him.

But it did, and he's in.

And we need
whatever he can give us.

What about after?

No. It's like
they disappeared in thin air.

Well, I can see
why the army's worried about
hawk's raiders, teaspoon.

And don't tell me nothin',
or by god, I'll blow

the lid off
this whole damn thing.

Look, teaspoon,
I know the kid's in danger
and I'm sorry.

I think everybody
oughta be there.

Meantime, if you'll excuse me,

I got someone
I gotta pay a visit to.

When they caught him
spying on him.

That's crazy, teaspoon.

I know.
That's why I want Jimmy
to keep an eye on her.

Can you do that, son?

Be real careful
so's you don't cause
any suspicion.

What about the rest of us?

Well, tell Emma
Lewis is callin'
a town meeting.

I think everybody
oughta be there.

You know what's goin' on,
and you know I know.

And if you know
what's good for you,

you'll tell me
what in god's name
you put the kid up to.

I got someone
I gotta pay a visit to.

I don't know
what you're talking about,
teaspoon.

Damn it, Ben.

You know what's goin' on,
and you know I know.

You didn't, huh?

And who else knows
about this brilliant plan
of yours?

All right.

I asked the kid
to try and infiltrate
the hawk's gang.

And they figure maybe
his brother knew the hawk.

I didn't know
it would work out this way.

You didn't, huh?

Look, teaspoon,
I know the kid's in danger
and I'm sorry.

Believe me,
it wasn't supposed
to work out this way.

But it did, and he's in.

And who else knows
about this brilliant plan
of yours?

At this point, only myself,
Matthew Freeman,

territorial head
of army intelligence,

and now you.

What're you gonna do
about the kid?

And don't tell me nothin',
or by god, I'll blow

Well, at least
you got that right.

It's in danger of being
overrun by you and your men.

He's crazy.

Those boys gave my brother
a $20 gold piece.

Well, and that buys
your loyalty, sir?

What about after?

I'll make sure
he's cleared of all charges.

I give you my word on that.

I know the kid means
a lot to you, teaspoon,

but we're facing a war.

Thanks for nothin', Ben.

As you should all
be aware by now,

Well, and that buys
your loyalty, sir?

These men are murderers
and thieves.

Henceforth,
possession will be cause
for immediate arrest.

What about freedom
of the presses, captain?

I'm sorry, sir,
but I'm afraid
you do not understand

the danger that you're facing.

As you should all
be aware by now,

this territory
is in great danger.

Well, at least
you got that right.

Did you ever think of that?

Madam,

it is exactly
to protect your freedoms

these men are murderers
and thieves.

And they've vowed
to overthrow the government.

That ain't what it says here.

The danger that you're facing.

I don't understand...

Now you ask
anyone from Kansas
about the atrocities

the hawk and his gang
have committed.

He's crazy.

Our freedoms must be
protected at all costs.

That's a difficult task
for the captain,

Yes, sir, captain.

I'm sure there's
no one in this room that
envies you your position.

That ain't what it says here.

It says every individual
should lead the life
that he's used to,

without Washington
telling him how to do it.

That's a difficult task
for the captain,

just as it wasn't easy
for the governor of Jerusalem
2000 years ago

when, in order to
protect the freedom
of his Roman citizens,

without Washington
telling him how to do it.

In the interest
of territorial security,

all such treasonous propaganda
is hereby banned.

Henceforth,
possession will be cause
for immediate arrest.

I hardly believe
the word of the hawk

can be equated
to the word of our lord.

Now, if anyone here wishes
to dispute my authority,

what about freedom
of the presses, captain?

Did you ever think of that?

Take those people into custody.

The rest of you
will disperse immediately.

Captain.

It is exactly
to protect your freedoms

that I'm forced to resort
to these measures.

Captain's point is well taken.

Our freedoms must be
protected at all costs.

Your men have taken over
the best rooms in my hotel

and I've yet to see one nickel.

Please, Mr. Trilling,
I told you this before,
the money is on its way.

When, in order to
protect the freedom
of his Roman citizens,

he sacrificed
the life of an intruder.

Mr. Stiles,

I hardly believe
the word of the hawk

he sacrificed
the life of an intruder.

That man lost his freedom,

though his word lives on.

Yes, sir, captain.

Now in the meantime,
order must be upheld,
do I have your cooperation?

Please, Mr. Trilling,
I told you this before,
the money is on its way.

As far as I'm concerned,
you and your bluecoats
are no longer welcome here.

Now, if anyone here wishes
to dispute my authority,

you're free to contact
colonel Benton in fort miles.

I would be happy to provide
an escort if necessary
to accompany you.

And if you would be so kind
as to post some of these
in public places.

This meeting is dismissed!

You may claim your guns
at headquarters.

Captain!

As far as I'm concerned,
you and your bluecoats
are no longer welcome here.

Lieutenant, arrest that man.

Arrest?

This meeting is dismissed!

I have seen
what the hawk's capable of.
Believe me.

Our only chance lies
in isolating him
from his base of support.

Now in the meantime,
order must be upheld,
do I have your cooperation?

Couple days.

Where's my horse?

We got her outside.
She's fine.

I took that bullet
outta you myself.
You outta be fine, too.

Ok, I guess,

Captain.

What's he trying to do?

Captain, you're makin'
a big mistake here.

Well, given the risks
we're facing, marshal,

I don't believe
I have much choice.

I was in Kansas.

I have seen
what the hawk's capable of.
Believe me.

Good.

Now, since we'll need
to house several prisoners,

I'll require
the use of your jail.

I used to ride
with a fella named jed.

He was from manassas, too.

You kinda remind me of him.

I'll require
the use of your jail.

And if you would be so kind
as to post some of these
in public places.

You kinda remind me of him.

He was my brother.

I knew that, too.

Hell,
we're practically neighbors.
My name's Aaron Darnell.

I took that bullet
outta you myself.
You outta be fine, too.

Thanks.

Most things.

Good. Glad to hear it.

Ok, I guess,

how long I been out?

Couple days.

Thank you.

Same one as roughed up my daddy,

is that true?

No.
Wish I had, though.

That yankee captain
says you shot
one of their sergeants.

Same one as roughed up my daddy,

Old jed sure
didn't end up doin' too well
for us in the end, did he?

Well, that was yankee talk,
little brother.

They call you the kid.

You're from Virginia,
manassas, right?

How do you know
so much about me?

We pride ourselves
on bein' thorough.

I used to ride
with a fella named jed.

Ike.

Excuse me.

Hell,
we're practically neighbors.
My name's Aaron Darnell.

Me and my brother
Jeffrey over there
hail from Richmond.

Jed was a good man.

You feel the same way
about things as he did?

Most things.

Well, that was yankee talk,
little brother.

You know how reliable that is.

Don't mind him.

He's got a sharp tongue,
but his heart's
in the right place.

Jed was a good man.

You the hawk?

If I was, would it be a problem?

I think a ride
in the country
would be all right.

Oh, well, I find church
a great comfort.

If I was, would it be a problem?

Folks back east
couldn't understand

why anyone would
wanna settle out here.

Ike.

You're from Baltimore?

But my parents died
when I was 10.

My sister and I were raised
in the catholic home there.

I mean, knew him.

Mr. Jackson and I corresponded
for almost a year.

I could tell from his letters

he was a kind, decent man.

Excuse me.

I was born in Baltimore,

but my parents died
when I was 10.

Oh, you're alone, too.

Wait, I have a handkerchief,
hold on.

Here you go.

They thought the west
was all desert and cactus.

I knew this land
would be beautiful.

They thought the west
was all desert and cactus.

Do you think it's wrong
to marry someone
you've never met?

Its funny.
I feel like I know him.

I rode with the express.

Seen a lot of good horses.

You got some fine ones here.

Don't be thinkin' a riding any.

No matter who their brother was.

Rider comin' in!

He was a kind, decent man.

Mind if I keep this?

Give it to your mom.

You

oh!

Oh, I'm sorry.

Oh, I'm sorry.

Are you allergic?

Wait, I have a handkerchief,
hold on.

How's your arm?

It feels good.

Good. You're comin' along.

Seem mighty interested
in our stock, boy.

I rode with the express.

Keep this up
and you'll be
my best pupil, Jimmy.

That's cause
you're the best teacher, Vera.

Oh, it's not me.

You've got a thirst to learn.
That's the most
important thing.

Don't be thinkin' a riding any.

I don't trust strangers,

no matter who their brother was.

Seems this hawk fella
makes more sense.

Best be careful, James.

There's one rule.

New recruits
don't go anywhere alone.

I don't guess that'll be
a problem though.

Gentlemen, we're gonna perform

a little public service tonight.

We're gonna bust out
the prisoners
Lewis put in jail.

What the army's doin'
to this town,

I'm all for him.

Well, in these times,

good. You're comin' along.

Whoa, whoa, why?

It's time he got his feet wet.

There's one rule.

You

run up

the?

I don't guess that'll be
a problem though.

This thing's tacked
to every tree
in the territory.

I really should be going in.
It's getting late.

You've got a thirst to learn.
That's the most
important thing.

What I'd really like to read

the?

The hill.

Oh, that's great.
That's just great.

Keep this up
and you'll be
my best pupil, Jimmy.

That's captain Lewis' law.
It don't hold well with me.

Seems this hawk fella
makes more sense.

Is this.

Do you know what that is?

Yes, ma'am.

Then you know
it's against the law
to have it.

That's captain Lewis' law.
It don't hold well with me.

Well, in these times,

it's best a man use caution
if he wants to attain
his goals.

Best be careful, James.

Words like that could
put a man in prison.

It'd be a sorry time
when plain talk's
against the law.

Seems to me,
if the hawk's against

what the army's doin'
to this town,

Well, ike,

thank you
for a lovely evening, ike.

I really should be going in.
It's getting late.

When a girl gets hurt like that,

good night.

She's, uh, she's, she's not.

What?

No, I'm sorry.

Seein' how she come
all this way to get married

Well, I mean, not that
it matters to me,
you understand,

but... but it does
to a lot of folk.

Men in particular.

She becomes real fragile

seein' how she come
all this way to get married

and ended up just getting
her hopes crushed,

I just think you ought
to be real careful.

That Annie's got
her own kind of beauty.

Yeah, that's right.
That's what I have been
talkin' about.

Kid.

She becomes real fragile

now, now, wait a minute.

Well, you know.

Pretty?

Is that what
you're tryin' to say?

Now, now, wait a minute.

I'll tell you
the real reason
you ought to be careful, ike.

I mean, if she's like
a lot of those girls,

she's probably
pretty desperate
to find a husband.

I mean, any husband.

Especially since she's not,
I mean, you know,

she's, uh, she's, she's not.

This oughta help
get you outta the territory.

If you're smart,
you won't come back
till the army's cleared out.

It's just that she's not real...

What's he sayin'?

If you're smart,
you won't come back
till the army's cleared out.

No.

Men in particular.

Sam!

See all I'm sayin', Emma,
is that I'm agreein' with you.

Ike oughta be real careful.

I mean,
we don't want him to,
you know, get into trouble.

That's right, ike.

That Annie's got
her own kind of beauty.

Let's go.

Yeah, that's right.
That's what I have been
talkin' about.

I mean,
the kind of beauty
she's got's deeper.

See all I'm sayin', Emma,
is that I'm agreein' with you.

Kid.

Sam. Come on, boys.

I mean,
we don't want him to,
you know, get into trouble.

Let's go.

No.

I'd like to oblige you,
big brother,
but he's seen our faces.

Well, seein' 'em
and findin' 'em,
is 2 different things.

Raise 'em, marshal.

Evening.

Gentlemen, you're free.

Courtesy of hawk's raiders.

This oughta help
get you outta the territory.

But if there's any support
in this town
for hawk's raiders,

it's because you created it.

Oh, really?
I'm afraid I disagree.

And if you do
anything to interfere,

I will have you
placed under arrest.

Good day.

Hope you know
what you're doin', kid.

Well, seein' 'em
and findin' 'em,
is 2 different things.

Let's go.

You can't shoot everybody
that sees you, Jeff.

Let's go.

Afternoon, Ben.

Lock him up.

Let's go.

I didn't shoot him.

It was either Vera Collins
or someone she's workin' with.
I couldn't tell.

The school marm?

I consider
last night's raid proof

that you are unable
to maintain order
in Sweetwater.

Sweetwater was plenty orderly

tell Ben fetterman
to meet me at signal rock,
noon tomorrow.

I consider
last night's raid proof

I'm declaring martial law.
Effective immediately.

What do you wanna do here,
you wanna start a war?

Sweetwater was plenty orderly

until you showed up
and turned it
into an armed camp.

I'm sorry, captain,

but if there's any support
in this town
for hawk's raiders,

But you got to hang on
just a few more days.

Why?

Lewis is expecting
a big shipment of carbines.

I understand.

I'd probably do
the same thing myself.

What do you wanna do here,
you wanna start a war?

No, marshal,
I am trying to stop a war,
not start a war.

And if you do
anything to interfere,

Lewis is expecting
a big shipment of carbines.

They'll be coming
by way of cutter's pass
Thursday afternoon.

You want me to find out
if the hawk knows about 'em?

I'm gonna send a deputy
to talk to that colonel
of yours in fort miles.

I can't believe
you've got the right

to run roughshod
over an entire town.

I understand.

How do I know I can trust you?

You don't.

On the other hand,
I could've shot you
the minute you rode up.

You've gotta take care of this.

Why'd you shoot sergeant Miller?

I didn't shoot him.

The school marm?

Whose side are you on, anyway?

I was gonna ask you
the same question.

How do I know I can trust you?

On the other hand,
I could've shot you
the minute you rode up.

I'm sorry, son.

Did you find out
who the hawk is?

You want me to find out
if the hawk knows about 'em?

Not yet.

Look, kid.
I know this whole thing has
blown up right in your face,

but you got to hang on
just a few more days.

Meet me back here
same time day after tomorrow.

Kid, be careful.

Get down, real easy.

I don't have any money.

Don't want any.

Wanna know what you two
were talking about back there.

Get down, real easy.

Ahhh.

Wanna know what you two
were talking about back there.

Had themselves a nice long chat.

Your brother's crazy!
I ain't a spy.

I say we kill him.

Had themselves a nice long chat.

I knew you were a snake.
I knew you were a snake.

What do you think you're doing?

Getting rid of unwanted company.

What?

I caught him talkin'
to an army agent.

You're real brave
with that gun
in your hand.

Cut me loose
we'll see how brave
you are.

I knew you were a snake.
I knew you were a snake.

He didn't see nothin'.
Aaron, I'm tellin' you
he's makin' it up.

What?

Your little friend here's a spy.

Caught him talkin'
with an army agent.

He didn't see nothin'.
Aaron, I'm tellin' you
he's makin' it up.

Jeffrey.

This is something
for the hawk to decide.

Aaron, I say we kill him.

No, forget we.
I'll kill him.

No.

I caught him talkin'
to an army agent.

Then why waste a bullet?

Hang him.