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As more people come into the bar, Art notices that there is "a difference underneath." The mood is more solemn and serious; no one laughs or cracks a joke. Canby explains to Art and Gil that the people in and around Bridger's Wells have been troubled for awhile by cattle rustling, and a huge number of cattle have been lost. Still uncomfortable with the conversation, Moore invites Art and Gil, to play a game of poker with him. As they play, more townsfolk enter the bar. Davies, the owner of the general store, comes in with his clerk, Joyce. The minister (Osgood), an old rancher (Bartlett), and another hand from Drew's ranch (Farnley) also enter the bar. Moore asks them all to watch the poker game.
Suddenly there is a sound of a running horse. The men in the bar look out and see that the rider has his hat pulled down, hiding his face. He rushes behind the saloon and stops. A young man dismounts the horse and comes to the door of the bar. He says that Kinkaid, who works on Drew's ranch, has been murdered. Farnley is enraged at the news. Canby tells Art that even before this murder the men in town have been talking about lynching the rustlers. This news makes matters even worse.
Art and Gil leave Canby's saloon. Art says he wants to be accepted by the men in Bridger's Wells, but he knows that they do not trust him and Gil. Gil admits that he would also like to be accepted.