The guys are happy with their sales for the evening and tell the reverend they'll be back soon. Leaving their tent, they come on a very shady dude riding up on a horse. They all look each other over, Bullock with his hand on his gun. Forgoing introductions, the stranger says, "I seen a terrible thing tonight." Bullock: "What'd you see?" Stranger: "I seen white people dead and scalped and men, women, children with their arms and legs hacked off."
Whoa. Bullock immediately clenches and asks where and how many dead. The stranger is warming to his story now and says it was a whole family on the road to Spearfish and "Oh, my GOD, it's them heathen, BLOODTHIRSTY SAVAGES!" During this bit of drama, Reverend Smith steps out and asks again how many it was that had died. The guy tells him it was a whole family -- parents and two children. "The Metz family took the Spearfish road, going home to Minnesota," the rev says. Stranger: "Then that was probably them, then." Reverend: "They had three children. Were there three?" The stranger looks a little nervous, but says that there might have been three -- they were all hacked and spread around. Bullock raises one eyebrow at the dude and suggests he probably needs a drink.
Meanwhile, Wild Bill is getting his ass handed to him at the poker table. The sloe-eyed customer, Jack McCall, who earlier said he was planning on gutting Bill at poker, is living his dream. Wild Bill might have a little self-esteem issue, y'all, I'm just saying. Like, maybe he has too much of it. They get in a little verbal altercation, and McCall asks if they can shake hands to relieve the atmosphere. McCall: "I mean, how stupid do you think I am?" Hickok: "I don't know. I just met you."
Merrick, the newspaper guy, is still bloating on to Charlie Utter at the bar about Custer and the government. He finishes a big speech by saying that he believes that within a year Deadwood will be annexed into the Dakota territory and that those living there "will be restored to the bosom of the nation." Wild Bill: "Does bosom mean tit?" Poker buddy: "Same thing."
At this moment Bullock and Sol come in with the stranger. The guy is looking real nervous, now, and tries to shrug them off by saying he'd just as soon do his drinking and get a piece of ass. Bullock: "First, you want people to know about that family." Stranger: "Yeah, well, what harm is it in me meeting my needs before I circulate my news?" Dude's a real prize. Bullock reminds him that there might be that third child, still alive, and the news needs to be circulated. The guy tries to weasel out of it, again, but Bullock clenches him. The stranger gets mad and says he "ain't going back out there tonight, so you mind your own goddamn business!" Sol gets into it, now, and says in a loud voice so everyone can hear, "You say a family is massacred by Indians on the road to Spearfish and ONE CHILD may still be ALIVE out there and it's no one's concern in this saloon?"