, says he, Just you tell Tom Spear that I like him first rate, says he; he's done me a lot of good turns and I'd like to do him a good turn, too; but just you tell him that if he tries to grab me I'll shoot him at sight like a dog, I will, says he. Just tell him that.
And I told Tom sure enough, and he got three fellers to go with him. He wanted me to go with him, but I wouldn't — not much.
I knowed that Jake Hart was a mean man. But he went with three of 'em, and they heard Jake was at Tim Brown's, and they went upstairs and opened the door; and Jake, just as quiet as I am, he shoots Tom Spear dead; and then the next feller shoots Jake right through the chest, and he falls down, but he sits up again and draws a bead on number two, and down he goes, and then he shoots number three, and the fourth man he thought he'd better stay downstairs.
That was Christmas Eve, and they buried all four of 'em together.
Ther hain't been any shootina in town since then.
Yes, Jake was a mean cu