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If they don't pay - We will burn it down!
Maria what she going to do now that the drive was over. She said, “Get a job of
some kind I guess.”
asked what Cookie’s name was and he said, “Some call me Shorty.”
She said, “I
know that much, but I want to know your real name.”
He said, “I
think it was Leonard it’s been so long since I heard it I have forgotten what
“From now on I will call you Lenny.”
“The reason I was wondering what you would be doing was maybe we can get a job
“Maybe we could.”
He said, “I
know the guy who owns the stables let’s eat and go see him.”
“Okay I’m hungry so let’s eat.”
they went down to the stables and saw the owner Lester. The stables had some
rooms out back where a person could live and several stables with a couple
corrals also. When Lester saw Len he said, “Hello Shorty.”
“My name is Len now so call me that. He said we need a job for winter do you
want some help?”
“No I’m going to have to close down.”
“You have all the stables full and some more horses in the corrals.”
“I have plenty of business it’s just that no one will pay me the money they owe
me. He said I can’t collect it for I’m just too old to fight them and the
sheriff won’t help me cause his horse is over there and he doesn’t pay me
He went on
and said, “The businesses on either side of me owe me a lot of rent money but
they also won’t pay.”
“If we collect the money owed you or most of it what will you give us?”
He said, “If
you can get my money you can have a half interest in this place.”
She said, “I
will be back shortly with a lot of your money.”
explained to Len what to do and how to get the money from one of the guys next
into the general store next to the stable and asked for a gallon of coal
oil.He asked her if she needed anything
else and she said, “No, I think this is enough for once the fire is started it
will do the rest.”
“I’m part owner of the stable next door and we’re going broke because people
like you won’t pay us.”
“You can’t burn that place down for it will catch my place on fire.”
“You might as well be out of business as we are. Oh yes, one more thing, please
give me a box of matches.”
“You can’t do that.”
‘You can watch it burn, or you could pay me and I
wouldn’t need to burn it.”
minutes later she and Len walked in and handed Lester a good part of his money.
“I think I will visit the sheriff next.”
She smiled and I told the sheriff to get ready for his horse would be
running down the street with his saddle on him unless he settled up.
This went on
until they had almost all of the money owed to him.
wanted to know how they did it and they said it don’t matter as long as we
it looks like I have some new partners. Len and Maria took over the rooms in
the back and settled in for the winter. Len went out and made some deals for
enough hay and grain for the stock throughout the winter.
put a cover over one of the corrals to protect the horses who were housed there.
someone tried to break in and steal one of the horses and Marie gave him a dose
of large grain salt from her shotgun. It hurts like pellets but doesn’t usually
new people were showing up and looking for a business to run. They had some
offers for the stables, much more than it was worth. The three of them decided
to sell to the highest bidder and now had a lot of money in their pockets. More
than they ever hoped for.
A man from
the East met Maria and asked her to marry him. She decided she had enough of
the single life and he was well off so she wouldn’t have to worry about money
Lester saw her off as she headed East to her new home.
Len had an
offer on a ranch to be the main cook and he decided to take it.
himself a small two room house and did odd jobs around town.
One of the
town widows finally roped him and he is now a married man.
This is just
one of the many chuck wagon stories some are true some are not, but all are