Rated:  PG
Summary:   A sheriff from Reno arrives at the Ponderosa to inform the Cartwright family that they will be receiving a telegram the next day advising them that the body and personal belongings of Joe Cartwright can be collected from the train.

The Sheriff informs the family that Joe was indeed hurt very badly in a bank robbery a few days earlier, but is being brought home to avoid the robbers finishing what they started.

Ben and his boys are informed that they need to play the grieving family to protect Joe but are they prepared to see their son and brother in a coffin with the mark of death upon his face.

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Completed: NO – A future story to come

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