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Gunman’s Debt by Robert E. Howard

Pages 139-162 of The Last Ride, 1978, Berkley Medallion Books

John Kirby, a cowboy and gunslinger, on the lookout for men feuding with his kin down in Texas, rides into a fledgling Kansas town and politely gives over his gun belt to the sheriff. The nagging realization that one is at the mercy of corrupt society and the criminals allied with politicians—even when society only consists of a hopeful main street—nags Kirby as he enters a saloon where a man is beating a woman, a man wearing a gun belt...

A Well of Heroes

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