Thomas Bates, he called himself at the post-office where he regularly went for the letters and remittance which never came. Old Tom Turkeytrack, the boys called him, from his cattle-brand, which he said was on record at Denver, and which, according to his story, was also borne by countless beef and saddle stock on the plains of the unknown North.
"It's when we-alls rides away that Doc Peets who's out with the round-up, though he ain't got no cattle-brand himse'f tells Jaybird he's not a humorist, like I already repeats. "But, as I su'gests, this Jaybird Bob can't believe it none.
How this was to be brought about he did not clearly see till one day there called at the ranch that had 'secured his services, as he put it, one, Bill Smith, more usually known as Horseshoe Billy, from his cattle-brand.