Sneak, Sneak, Sneak, . . .
The Posse continues their investigations. They acquire a map for plotting locations and general reference. They talk to more Clock shop owners and based on a hunch, Joe has them go to the blacksmiths shop next to the Cobblers and ask if anyone has had manacles made recently. Once back at the hotel to rest and plan, they hear a knock on the door and Willy Dupree says that there’s a gentleman downstairs asking to see Joe Cobb.
Joe goes downstairs and the gentleman introduces himself as Lt David Cook of the Denver Police. He’s inquiring about Joe Cobb’s affiliations, if he is a US Marshal? This has Joe surprised. It is explained to him that the retention of a rifle and his credentials were what drew the officer to stop in and eventually Joe figures out what happened and shouts up the stairs for Jebediah. He then takes the officer upstairs to confront Jeb and they find Jebediah (he was unable to stomach the climb fast enough) sitting on the window sill with one leg over and the incriminating rifle in hand. Lt Cook confiscates the rifle and then before he leaves he lectures them about how many folks die in the city because of tom foolery with guns that shouldn’t have been out.
The posse turn to planning for the morgue stakeout that night. Once dinner is had and Jack Routledge is settled in to stay the night with Jebediah, (Corky and Dr. Pat watching him), the Posse head out. The stake out is cold and boring but eventually the Posse’s patience is rewarded by the approach of a small wagon and three men. They pull up and load in what looks like two body shaped bundles. The Posse manage to follow the wagon undetected back into the warehouse district to a Slaters Dry Goods warehouse where their targets offload. Then the driver pulls away leaving the other two men behind.
Daren follows the driver who only parks the wagon a few streets over and then departs to a building that looks like it might be a rundown flop house, rather than a warehouse. When he returns the rest of the Posse have gathered near the ware house and they decide to sneak in via the side door rather than the loading dock. They find that side door unlocked.
There’s only one light at the end of the warehouse where the loading dock is and once they get there Daren sees two boxes that look like they could fit bodies and he looks in one and sees what has to be a body wrapped up in canvass. On closer examination he realizes it’s one of the bodies that was on display for identification at the morgue. The room appears to be empty and since they didn’t see the two men leave they search the room and find a trap door to a lower level.