73-“Comanche”

Season 2, Episode 34 – Original Airdate: (May 16, 1959)

<= 72 – “Sons of Aaron Murdock == Homecoming” – 74 =>

Directed by Andrew V. McLaglen, Written by Irving Wallace.

SUSAN CABOT as Becky Gray Carver
(The High Graders, 1958) as Angela DeMarco
LARRY PENNELL as Henry Carver
ROY BARCROFT as Sgt. Barsky
(Face of a Shadow, 1963) as Jim Sherwood
(Be Not Forgetful of Strangers, 1962) as Simon
(The Mark of Cain, 1962) as Jake Trueblood
(The Hanging of Aaron Gibbs, 1961) as Marshal
(Long Weekend, 1961) as Shep Montrose
(The Tax Gatherer, 1961) as Lewt Cutter
(The Legacy, 1960) as Judge Carter
(The Haunted Trees, 1959) … Flannigan
(Killer’s Widow, 1958) as John Griffin
(A Matter of Ethics, 1957) as Sheriff Swink
ROBERT ANDERSON as Sam Dolan
SHIRLEY O’HARA as Mrs. Carver
(A Proof of Love, 1961) as Mrs. Grey
(The Uneasy Grave, 1961) as Lady at Johnsonville Hotel
(The Princess and the Gunfighter, 1961) as Duchess de Bernal
(The Monster of Moon Ridge, 1959) as Maria
STEWART EAST as Lt. Bradley
(The Hanging of Aaron Gibbs, 1961) as Mullaney
(The Tax Gatherer, 1961) as Morton
(Ransom, 1960) … Monk
(The Naked Gun, 1959) as Rex
(The Golden Toad, 1959) as Simms
(Incident at Borrasca Bend, 1959) as Swede
HAL NEEDHAM as Gleef (uncredited)

INT. HOTEL CARLTON LOBBY – DAY

PALADIN
“GENERAL’S SON LISTED AS DESERTER. General Joshua Carver, U.S. Army, retired, and his wife, Geraldine, have just learned that their only son, Cpl. Henry Carver, disappeared while on routine field duty with the 7th cavalry in Montana, two days ago. Cpl. Carver’s name has been posted at Ft. Lincoln as a deserter. Gen. Carver insisted there must’ve been foul play.”

MRS. CARVER
The-the clerk said that you were Mr. Paladin? I’m Mrs. Carver.

PALADIN
Well, Mrs. Carver, how do you do?

MRS. CARVER
How do you do?

PALADIN
Won’t you sit down?

MRS. CARVER
Thank you.

PALADIN
I was very sorry to read about
your son meeting with foul play.

MRS. CARVER
My son, Henry, is a deserter.

PALADIN
Oh?

MRS. CARVER
He didn’t want to go into the army. He wanted to become a doctor, go east and study. But the general insisted. My son is not a coward. He deserted for a different reason. I know where he is. I have a letter here from henry. But the general does not know about this. That’s why I’m here. Some of it is personal, but I’ll read you the only part that matters.
“It’s only a routine patrol against the Indians, so I feel justified in doing what I’m going to do. You remember becky gray? “her father is forcing her to marry sam dolan. “he’s twice her age and he’s no good. “becky begged me to do something about it, “and I’m going to.”

PALADIN
A time-honored dilemma. As old as romeo and juliet.

MRS. CARVER
Romeo wasn’t a Corporal in the Cavalry, Mr. Paladin.

PALADIN
Mm, I see your point.

MRS. CARVER
“By the time you get this, we’ll be safe and hiding at the Bismarck Water Hole. Don’t tell anyone. Send someone with some money so we can get to Canada. I’m depending on you.” Well, I’ve marked it here, on the map for you. I want you to take him alive, And return him to the seventh cavalry.

PALADIN
Are you sure?

MRS. CARVER
Mr. Paladin, this is my son. I want him alive! But even more, I want him to grow up to be a man, not ashamed, with this on his conscience. If one of our patrols catches him, he’ll be shot as a deserter. It is a time of Indian war. But if you can find him, return him to his unit in the field, it’ll be a voluntary surrender, and the punishment will be less.

PALADIN
Mrs. Carver, I can try.

MRS. CARVER
Thank you. You want to be paid now?

P
No, I think that any man going into Indian country should never be paid in advance.

MRS. CARVER
Oh.

EXT. ON THE TRAIL – DAY

CPL. HENRY CARVER
Hold it, mister. What do you want?

PALADIN
You, Cpl. Carver.

CPL. HENRY CARVER
Who are you?

PALADIN
Your mother sent me.

CPL. HENRY CARVER
With the money?

PALADIN
No, I didn’t bring any money. Your mother wants me to return you to your outfit.

CPL. HENRY CARVER
Turn around. Get on your horse, ride out. I’ll cover you every second.

PALADIN
Any message for your mother?

CPL. HENRY CARVER
Yeah. Tell her me and Becky’ll get to Canada on our own. Now, get moving.

PALADIN
Now, go on! Ah!

[]

PALADIN
Carver, my job is to get you back to your outfit
Before you’re captured and shot, do you understand?

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That’s an army patrol out there.

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You can fill up your canteens and water your mounts here.

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Do like they’re doing.

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I know I heard some shooting.

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Me, too. Whoever did it must own that horse there.

PALADIN
I was, Sergeant. Just having a little target practice.

SGT. BARSKY
Who the devil are you? Can’t be! Paladin!

PALADIN
Barsky, how are you?

SGT. BARSKY
All the saints in heaven, what a sight.
How long’s it been? Ten years? Twelve years?

PALADIN
It was two years after the war. You came through San Francisco, remember?

SGT. BARSKY
Remember it? I still got the hangover.
I see you still got the moustache, too.
I was with you the week you started growing that, remember?

PALADIN
That’s right, you were.

SGT. BARSKY
Oh, Sam Dolan, meet my old pal, paladin.

PALADIN
Dolan.

D
Howdy.

SGT. BARSKY
Dolan just joined up with us a couple hours back. Him and his men.

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Seemed like the safest thing to do.

PALADIN
You picked the best company. Ah, see you’re still wearing that lucky piece.

SGT. BARSKY
Ah! I wouldn’t be without it. I’ve worn that ever since you dug it out of my leg,
And I ain’t been hit since.

PALADIN
Good.

SGT. BARSKY
Say, what in the blazes
are you doing way out here?

PALADIN
Little business.
I was just heading home.

SGT. BARSKY
See any indians?

PALADIN
No, just a few
smoke signals.

SGT. BARSKY
Oh, we got ’em around here
all right,
But I guess the 2nd and the 7th’ve
driven most of them further north.
Nevertheless,
I’m not taking any chances.
I going up there and
have a look around.

D
Good idea.

PALADIN
Mind if I join you?

SGT. BARSKY
No, come on.
My golly, Paladin, you’re sure looking fine.
Happy and healthy,
and relaxed.
Evidently, you aren’t
married, are ya?

PALADIN
No, I move around too much.

SGT. BARSKY
You ought to see my platoon back at ft. Lincoln.
Got a wife and four kids
and a whole mess of in-laws.

PALADIN
Four?!

SGT. BARSKY
Wanna know something, Paladin? This is my last tour of duty. After this field trip, I’m going out on pension. Getting myself a nice, cool saloon, And drink up all the profits.

PALADIN
Where are you and your men headed now?

SGT. BARSKY
We gotta rejoin the company up on the river.

PALADIN
Far?

SGT. BARSKY
Half day.

PALADIN
How about you, Mr. Dolan? It’s pretty dangerous country to be traveling it alone.

D
On a personal matter. You might be able to help, though. I’m looking for a boy and a girl.
We traced them to here, I figure they’re going to Canada.

PALADIN
Sorry, I haven’t noticed them.

D
I was just telling the sergeant, the kid’s from his outfit.

SGT. BARSKY
Yeah, we was told to watch for a deserter.

PALADIN
Deserter?
Name’s Carver.

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Corporal. Understand his old man’s some kind of big wig.

D
I got a bone to pick with him.

PALADIN
If I see him, I’ll give him your regards.

SGT. BARSKY
Well, I got to make time.

D
Mind if I tag along with you a little further?

SGT. BARSKY
No, suit yourself.

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Best of luck to you, boy.

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I wish you’d go along with us.

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I’d enjoy your company. It’d be safer that way.

PALADIN
Oh, I’ll be all right. Barsky, good luck to you.

SGT. BARSKY
well, I tried. Small world, ain’t it? I’ll send you an invitation when I open up that saloon.

PALADIN
I’ll be there.

SGT. BARSKY
Be looking for you.

SGT. BARSKY
Mount up.

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All right, carver, come…

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Now, you sit there.

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What are you gonna do with us?

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I’m gonna save you, if I can.

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Where are the horses?

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In the other canyon.

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You might as well have turned me over to Dolan and the patrol

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For what you’re planning.
Not the same.

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Either way, he’ll be punished.

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No, there’s a difference.

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And the difference might be life and death.

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Sure, Barsky’s an old, personal friend of mine.

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But he’s still army.

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If he’d gotten hold of your friend here,

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The death penalty would’ve been mandatory.

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If your friend surrenders, gives himself up in the field…

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I’m not giving myself up!

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I hope you’ll change your mind.

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Mr. Paladin,

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You’re asking us to give up our lives

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To satisfy people who are not concerned with our welfare at all.

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At the risk of sounding somewhat stuffy,

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Your friend here is in a service,

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He does have a kind of a duty.

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I didn’t ask for the cavalry.

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I was forced into it by my father.

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If we’d have gotten to Canada, we could’ve lived our lives.

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Lived ’em by ourselves.

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By yourselves, maybe.

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If you think you could’ve
lived with yourselves.

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There’s something
you should know.

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We’re married, mr. Paladin.

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Ah, there’s been a gathering
here not far back.

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Indians?

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Your alma mater,
corporal.

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One of your patrols,
and larger than barsky’s.

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They’re catching up.

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You hear that?

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Hear what?

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That sound.

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What is it?

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I don’t know.

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A kind of trembling.

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Rumbling.

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Like the sound of
distant thunder.

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Looks like a clay-back horse.

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Cavalry saddle.

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Wonder where the rider is.

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Maybe he’s out foraging?

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Maybe.

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Well, he’s got
seven holes in him.

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Wonder what happened to him.

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Well, that does it.

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Three slugs,
all he had in him.

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Other wounds seem
to be superficial.

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It’s the best I can do
’til we get a veterinarian.

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Captain m. Kehoe.

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Part of your outfit?

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Lieutenant colonel.

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And the animal’s name
is comanche.

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The colonel bought him at ft.
Dodge, kansas. Took him everywhere.

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There was a big fight
with the comanche indians,

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And the horse got hit
several times.

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He pulled the colonel out,
so he named him comanche.

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Colonel must’ve had
this horse a long time.

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I think I heard him say once
he was about nine years old.

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Man can get to be awfully
fond of a horse that old.

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] how was he shot so many times?

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He was ambushed.

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Why do you say that?

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Hit on both sides.

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Now, these slugs are from
those old smooth bore rifles,

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The type only indians
use now.

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Maybe the horse wandered off and
got chased by a sioux war party?

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That might be.

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Colonel probably went out
scouting and got trapped.

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That might be.

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Well, what do you think?

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I’ll know better what to think
when and if we find col. Kehoe.

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Hold it, paladin!

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Take your hand
off that gun!

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Get his gun, gleed.

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Well, it looks like
I got my bride back.

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And our young friend,
the deserter.

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You can’t do anything now,
mr. Dolan.

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We’re married.

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Are you, now?

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All the more reason to
make you a widow.

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Thank you, mr. Paladin,
for delivering them up.

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We’ve been watching you
a long ways back.

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What happened to
the cavalry?

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We left ’em this morning.

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There was a big noise
over those hills.

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They went on but I didn’t
like it, so we came back.

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Lucky thing, too. We had plenty
of time to get ready for you.

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Lopez, get our horses,
bring me my rope.

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Gleed, take him over
to that big tree.

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Come on, move.

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Get ’em off the horses.

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Except him.

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Mr. Dolan,
this is senseless!

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Put it around his neck.

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Go on, take him home. Maybe
they’ll want to bury him there.

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I hated to do it.
He saved us.

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For what?

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Will he be alright?

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Yeah, yeah,
he’ll be alright.

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Come on.

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A rumbling in the ground.

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Like the sound of
distant thunder.

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Or the sound of
a thousand horses hooves

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Ridden by a thousand indians.

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Seventh cavalry.

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Not a living soul.

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Men, horses…

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All dead.

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Massacred.

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Every last one of them.

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Nearly 200 men.

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I should be
down there with them.

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That’s where I belong.

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Hello, I’m lt. Bradley, chief
of scouts for col. Given and…

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That’s gen. Custer’s
command down there.

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Seventh cavalry.
All of it.

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Ambushed.

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Massacred by the sioux.

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This is the only survivor.

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He’s comanche,
col. Kehoe’s horse.

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He has seven wounds,
but I think he can travel.

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Thank you.

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There’s another survivor.

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Cpl. Henry carver.

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I deserted earlier, sir,
I wish to turn myself in.

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It doesn’t mean
anything anymore.

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It means more now
than it ever did.

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We couldn’t live with ourselves because
I couldn’t live with myself that way.

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The two of us,
we tried to start something.

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But we couldn’t,
’til this is finished.

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Maybe someday we’ll be able
to go on ahead.

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But, but not ’til
this is done.

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Do you understand,
becky?

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I think so.

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You’ll come with us,
corporal.

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“and when they fell
before the thunder,

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“it was as when
the lordly redwood,

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“green with boughs,

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“goes down with a great
shout upon the hills,

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“and leaves a lonesome
place against the sky.”

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Come on, becky.

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I’ll take you home.

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