Mid-afternoon Ernie, Tom and Dick ride into their base camp where Herman and Clyde are waiting for their return. The three men dismount and remove their saddles, blankets and bridles from their horses. They stake the horses out in areas where they can graze.
Herman is the first to speak, “What did you find out?”
Tom replies, “There is no sheriff and won’t be one for at least three to four weeks. The town has two men coming from Nevada for interviews and isn’t planning to talk to anyone else until they meet these dudes.”
Clyde says, “So we have three to four weeks to make our move before there is any official law in town.”
“It looks that way,” said Ernie.”
“Clyde and I were thinking while you were away. In a couple of days we want the three of you to go back into town and do a robbery. We want to see what kind of local citizen action that generates. It will tell us a great deal about how much resistance we could face if we rob the stagecoach. We are wondering if they would form a posse to come after us. We also need to find out when the money run comes in.”
Dick replies, “We should have something planned before we leave camp so the three of us know what we intend to do and there is no foul up.”