Johnny is at Fort Laramie where Jed Barrister is hanged by the Army for several crimes. In his last statement Jed wills his share of the loot collected to one man to shoot Troop in the back or by facing him. Johnny returns to Laramie to inform Troop who takes the news calmly but Johnny is on edge. He confronts every stranger he meets and is particularly aggressive with an uncooperative man until Troop intervenes. As Johnny faces his suspect for the second time, a gunshot from the Birdcage proves Johnny has the wrong man. Troop is saved by the back of a chair. Johnny' suspect was eloping and thought Johnny was trying to intervene on behalf of the bride's father.