Lemuel Stove : Never figured to see Indians this far south.
William Colton : Yeah. Comanches. Cross the Rio. Raiding party, hit and run; they won't be coming back.
Lemuel Stove : You know somethin' about Indians.
William Colton : Somethin'. Before the war I was stationed on the river Platte, then called the Oklahoma Territory.Lot of Indians for a lot of years. But never any closer than today.
Lemuel Stove : You ain't needed here, Mr. Colton. You ain't wanted.
William Colton : Last night we busted bread together, remember?
Lemuel Stove : Last night I forgot. I keep forgettin'. I keep forgetting the color of the skin underneath this coat!
William Colton : The color of the skin underneath that coat has nothing to do with a handshake between two men.
Lemuel Stove : How come, Mr. Colton, your kind figure an ex-slave is less than a man, but you expect him to have the patience of a god? What's the matter, Mr. Colton, don't it sit so good that there's avengers on both sides?
William Colton : It don't sit so good, Mr. Stove. And when the morning comes and the dead are cut down and I can't distinguish one side of killers from the other. You're looking for equality, Mr. Stove? Well, you're down in a pit, eye-level with snakes, and that's a pretty low height for a man.