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Hey, Mama. Mom! Look at that.
Look, Mommy, look.
Now you let Mommy do the talking.
But he has no horse.
- You look like you've had trouble.
l lost my horse a few days ago
getting away from some Indians.
We made dry camp last night
above the llano.
Sam here smelt more Apaches,
nuzzled me up.
So l thought l'd put some miles
We're at peace with the Apache.
- We have a treaty.
- Yes, ma'am.
Now l got to get me a new horse,
borrow or buy one.
l can pay you in United States script.
I'm riding a dispatch for General Crook.
- My name's Lane.
- Im Mrs. Lowe.
- The water sure looks inviting.
- Well, help yourself.
Watch out for that dog, son.
Could you hire me or sell me a horse,
Of course. I've only got plow horses,
and two that are only half-broken.
The hand that was breaking them
for me got hurt and had to go to town.
- You mean you're staying here alone?
- Oh, no.
No, my husband is up in the hills,
- working some cattle.
He would pick today to be away,
when we have a visitor.
l wouldn't touch that dog, son.
He don't take to petting.
And now if you'll allow, ma'am,
I'll take a look at those horses.
You'll find a saddle over by the barn.
In the meantime, Ill fix you something
to eat. L imagine you're hungry.
Im so sorry my husband had to pick
today to go hunting those lost calves.
He would have enjoyed
having a man to talk to.
We welcome visitors.
Must be right lonely around here.
Especially for a woman.
l don't mind. L was raised here.
- What can l feed your dog?
- Nothing, thanks.
He makes out by himself.
Can outrun any rabbit in the territory.
It's no trouble at all.
lf you don't mind, ma'am,
l'd rather you didn't feed him.
l see. You don't want him to get in the
habit of taking food from anyone else.
Well, you can hand it to him.
No, ma'am, l don't feed him, either.
He doesn't need anybody.
l want him to stay that way.
Its a good way.
- Yes, ma'am. Most everyone.
Too bad, isn't it?
- You're a good cook, ma'am.
- Thank you.
A woman should be a good cook.
Good cook myself.
Why didn't you get on him
when he was stuck?
'Cause l didn't want him sitting on me
from a standing start.
Stay with him.
You chose the most savage one.
l won't give you an argument there.
He's always been a fighter.
l wouldn't give a plugged nickel
for a horse that wouldn't fight.
It lets you down
when the going gets tough.
Its a little dull.
Well, l can do almost everything
around a ranch, but l never could
put an edge on an ax.
Where is it?
- The grindstone.
This ranch looks like it's been here
a little while.
Yes, l was born here.
My husband was raised here, too.
He's an orphan. His parents got killed
in a wagon-train massacre,
so my father took him in.
- What do you mean?
Well, it seems the figures are against it.
Only young fellow
in 1,000 square miles,
only young girl in 1,000 square miles.
They get in a whirl over each other.
That's what l meant. Handy.
l guess it was quite a coincidence.
But they say that the right two people
are going to meet
by an arrangement of destiny.
You believe that, Mrs. Lowe?
- Yes, l do.
Always sink a blade into a log, son.
Keeps the edge clean.
Well, l guess l'd better quit stalling
and get back to that horse.
And can l play with Sam now?
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