Present-day version of Joe’s dad’s .410

Robert Young and the Empty .410

Part Two

I clicked the YouTube link. My lady-love and I watched the show. A stagecoach ambushed by hostiles, driver and shotgun guard killed, horses cut loose, passengers trapped. The drunk in the stage was no sawbones as I had recalled, but a retired major. It was the major who pronounced the enduring wisdom repeated by Young at the end: an empty whiskey bottle is just…empty. An empty gun still has some authority.

An empty gun still has some authority.

The bluff worked. Not sure I would have had the nerve without Robert Young’s example. Maybe I should be thanking the script-writer.

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Bill Burkett

Professional writer, Pacific Northwest. 20 Books: “Sleeping Planet” 1964 to “Venus Mons Iliad” 2018–19. Most on Amazon for sale. Il faut d’abord durer.