Rated:  PG
Summary:  The Cartwright family are staying at the International Hotel in Virginia city as Ben prepares for a couple of long days of meeting and banquets in the evening. Sheriff Roy Coffee is away and not expected back for a day or two, so in the mean time a new lawman is in town overseeing things. He has limited knowledge of the locals and the Cartwright family.

Doc Martin is also away and not expected for a few days. At sixteen, Joe Cartwright finds the evening banquets tiresome and the meetings boring. He has the beginnings of the flu on the night he leaves his brother’s watchful eye, hoping for some fresh air.

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Completed: NO – A future story to come

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