Rated:  PG
Summary:  Joe and several other miners working a silver mine on the Comstock.  One of the workers is as large as his brother Hoss, but with a vile temper and brute strength to match.  Other workers are genuinely scared of him.

Joe befriends the larger man, having many years of being in Hoss’s company.   The other workers resent Joe’s kindness towards the man, and let Joe know that the man isn’t welcome in their mine.

One fateful day, there is an explosion and the timbers give way, causing a major collapse in the mine, with Joe and his fellow workers trapped in the debris.

Ben and his boys race to the mine at the news of the cave in and are desperate to get any news of Joe being alive.

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Completed: NO – A future story to come

Other Information:  Based loosely on the song