Good Riddance was almost asleep while standing at a hitching post on July 10, 1859 swatting flies with his tail. All of a sudden, Cincinnatus Heine Miller walked up spouting something about bear stories and stole him. Well, everyone in town knew Good Riddance and his owner, Dudeowns Riddance Thehorse, so, when they saw Good Riddance ambling down the street with another rider on him, they knew something was up.
Joaquin Miller, The Poet of the Sierras, didn't get to the end of the street before the Sheriff arrested him. Well, as you all know, stealing a horse was a hanging offense back in the day. Fortunately for Joaquin, being a womanizer and all, one of his women was the wife of the Sheriff and she talked her husband into letting Joaquin go.
(pretty much everything above is fictitious)
(old) Shasta, California 2015
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