He waited an the narrow exit point of the canyon. Anyone who was heading north ran into him as they came though the pass. On his horse with a lever action rifle propped on his hip, he was intimidating. He insisted on a fee, a tip, to allow anyone to pass. If you could prove to him that you had nothing to give, he would let you go by anyway. Sometimes he would give the broke travelers a few bucks from his own pocket.
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