"One Way Or Another"
38x48 inches, oil on textured canvas
Marshall Russel Thatcher finally caught up with Jed Smith after tracking
him for better than 18 months. Waiting until sundown, he eased up on
Jed's hideout deep in the canyon. With silent stealth he approached
the campfire's large silhouette of Jed sitting with his back to him.
At about ten paces the marshal pulled back the hammer of his pistol
with an intentional "KA-LICK'. Jed stiffened upright, and marshal
Thatcher spoke in a loud slow commanding voice, "JED! Keep yer hands
where I can see 'em. Now; we are gunna ride out of here, and it's up
to you how; in yer saddle upright, or draped over it. One way or
another, yer comin' along."