Army Major, commander of his post, feeling denigrated by the Army, steals the Army's cash on his last day and packages it for Favor to mail to the Major who plans to abscond, but new information causes him to try returning it to Army.
Major Cantwell, who has devoted himself to the Army his entire life, is the commanding officer of an Army outpost, and is about to retire. His life goal was to become a Brigadier General, and had reached Colonel rank, but was demoted to Major due to a record-keeping infraction that he was found guilty of, but was actually innocent. Feeling disgruntled, he steals the $32,500 in Army cash the day before his departure. He put the cash in a package, addressed to himself, for Favor to mail at the nearest town. Cantwell's plan was to pick up the cash and remain hidden in Mexico. Unfortunately for the Major, however, enlisted soldier Kaster, (who was severely punished by Cantwell for drinking on duty), happened to be leaving the Army, joined Favor's trail drive and steals the package from Favor's saddle bags, knowing it is from Cantwell and he's hoping there's liquor inside. Meanwhile Cantwell, still on duty as commanding officer, gets word that his innocence was established and that he is ...Written by
Trail boss Gil Favor gets a chance to do a favor for retiring John Anderson who was a Colonel, had hopes of retiring as a Brigadier General, but an infraction in bookkeeping made the army punish Anderson by reducing him to Major. It's left him a bitter man.
Anderson asks Favor to take a package to mail to himself at the nearest town. But another soldier also getting out knows that the package is the next payroll for the fort, $30,000.00 in 19th century dollars. That could be a nice retirement package for Anderson. Steve Ihnat joins the Eric Fleming cattle drive in the hopes of stealing the money.
Of course Fleming does not like being played for a fool after he discovers what Anderson and Ihnat have done. It all works out on the trail in pursuit.
An interesting character study by John Anderson of a man angry and disappointed at the end of his career.
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