Anothers Footsteps (Episode 2.24)
Executive Producer Frank Price
The Virginian has tracked the bank robber who killed his friend to a small ranch in Montana. While awaiting his prey, he poses as a drifter and hires out to help the mans wife take care of the ranch until he should return. One day, while he is out rounding up stray cattle, some Indians come onto the property looking for food and threatening trouble. The Virginian arrives just in time to send them scurrying, telling them they have nothing to trade. Karen tells him They looked so cruel. and he explains to her they are desperate because theyare starving on the reservations, so they leave and find themselves starving outside as well. Later, they come back with murderous intentions, but the Virginian is ready and waiting.
Peaceable Indians were still in these mountains, and some few of them had for the past hour been skirting his
journey unseen, and now waited for him in the wood, which they expected him to enter. They had been too wary to use their rifles or show
themselves, lest these travellers should be only part of a larger company following, who would hear the noise of a shot, and catch them in
the act of murder.So, safe under the cover of the pines, they had planned to sling their silent noose, and drag the white man from his horse
as he passed through the trees...
[Later, Molly finds a seriously wounded Virginian.] It must be noon, said the cow-puncher...I remember it was dark when - when - when I can remember. I reckon they were scared to follow me in so close to settlers. Else they would have been here.
....The country was moved with concern and interest [after hearing how the Virginian was almost killed by Indians]...The Indians who had done this were now in military custody. They had come unpermitted from a southern reservation, hunting, next thieving, and as the slumbering spirit roused in one or two of the young and ambitious, they had ventured this in the secret mountains, and perhaps had killed a trapper found there.