June 16th, the locals of Burnsville gathered at the train station, a hulking locomotive resting after a long journey. What might have been cause for celebration was met with alarm; not only was the train an hour early, not a living soul could be found within!
Having set out from the nearby Logging Camp, Station Agent MCCRACKEN telegraphed the origin of the train to find that it had indeed left with twenty-odd passengers and assorted luggage, but on the train itself there was only the Burnsville Sheriff, who was utterly baffled by the mystery. A local widow expressed concern for the people’s safety.
The Mayor called for citizens to remain calm, and the “O’GALLAGHER BOYS” took to aiding in the investigation. In a matter of moments, they were able to deduce an attack had occured, and signs indicated a struggle.
The Sheriff O’NEIL, having more important duties to tend to than the disappearance of twenty train passengers, graciously allowed the “BOYS” to set off and discover the origins of this attack. A long journey led them to a series of dusty tracks, as some had attempted to flee. Indian arrows and shell casings littered the area around the tracks just about halfway between the Log Camp and Burnsville.
Following these, the “BOYS” eventually encountered an Indian encampment. Peaceful negotiations (aided by gifts) brought information: the Indians had seen a group of bandits rustle the train and kidnap the passengers and crew, and the noble savages had attempted a rescue before being driven back by the gunfire.
Harrowed by this awful tale, DAN O’GALLAGHER and LAYTON ROANIC made for the Sheriff straightaway, hoping this new information would spur some significant action from the local lawman O’NEIL.
Cursory searches have yet to produce results, but the “BOYS” intend to ride again.
In other news, the Sheriff O’NEIL has yet to find the missing loot from deceased outlaw “BUTCH” Kelly. The search continues.
-written and reported from eyewitness accounts and personal derring-do by DAN O’GALLAGHER