Synopsis for “The Man Who Couldn’t Talk”
The Rawhide Kid and Randy Clayton are in Shotgun City when they spot a man tied to a horse near the brink of death with a note pinned to his back. The note reads “This hombre got too nosey and too close” which does not tell them much. The Kid turns over the wounded man to the doctor and leaves his horse in the care of Hammer, the local blacksmith. Sheriff Yarby gets involved in the situation and the learn that the man is going to survive but it is unknown if he will be able to talk any time soon. They search his clothes but find no identification. The Kid decides to check the horse for any clues. The only thing he learns is when Hammer tells him that the horse has clay caked in it’s shoe that is only found in one place: Bluerock Flats.
The Rawhide Kid gets an idea to try and flush out the men responsible for hurting the man, and has the local paper publish a story about how the man survived and is going to talk to the Sheriff about who attacked him. The outlaws responsible get a copy of the newspaper, and decide to finish the job against the US Marshal that they roughed up.
The following morning, Randy warns the Rawhide Kid when he sees some strangers entering town. The Kid is waiting for them when they try to enter the doctor’s house to eliminate the Marshall and they are taken into custody. However when the refuse to talk, the Rawhide Kid comes up with a better idea: letting their horses go. The Kid then follows the horses back to the outlaws hideout and stops their leader from burning the warrants for their arrest as well as the Marshall’s badge and takes them into custody.