Rowdy decides to help a prize fighter who threw a fight to him when the town decides to tar and feather him. He is carrying a heavy mystery package heading into dangerous Indian Territory where he leaves the drive with Rowdy following.
A mysterious Irish prizefighter, Jeremiah, takes a shine to Rowdy and lets him win the fight by allowing Rowdy to last five rounds with him. He then joins the trail drive as it is headed in the direction he planned to go - toward some sacred Indian lands rumored to contain a buried treasure hoard. Jeremiah is carrying a heavy object in a sack, which is later revealed to be a gravestone. Further adding to the mystery is that he is also in possession of a rare golden religious artifact, the kind that Indians were forced to make years ago for Spanish masters. Eventually the Indians rebelled and recouped and buried much of the artifacts in mountains sacred to the Indians. ***Spoilers*** It seems that Jeremiah was once a greedy prospector who accidentally killed his son while probing the sacred Indian mountains. Devastated and chastened, he return to Ireland to bring back an Irish gravestone (with both father and son's names on it) to put at the burial site of the son, the same site where ...Written by
British actor Bill Travers guest stars in this Rawhide episode as an Irish prizefighter taking on all comers on the way west. After a bout with Clint Eastwood, Travers gets signed as a drover to go as far as a place where he once mined for gold. But some nasty Indians view that land as sacred.
This was a truly sad tale and unusual in that Travers with an adopted Irish brogue narrates the story with some Irish whimsy thrown in as well. He's on a mission all right but it's nothing to do with the fabled riches that might be there. Those fabled riches that are giving Eric Fleming's drovers gold fever.
No Travers is on one sad mission indeed. This is fine Rawhide episode and a fine performance from Bill Travers.
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