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In all the excitement of the cattle run, the realization that Newt is alive
and seems to have been thrown from his horse, and finding the strange
new cook, named Po Campo, walking along towards the camp, no one thinks
about Lorena and whether she is all right. Once again, in the world of
western men, a woman is expendable.
This chapter begins somewhat benignly even though Gus and Call are worried about where Blue Duck has gone and why the cattle ran. The new cook, Po Campo, arrives in camp with Newt and his serape full of ploverís eggs. He cooks them wonderful omelets. He also has a way of talking to the men that they appreciate in spite of the fact that he indicates heíd killed his own wife. Later, he fries the grasshoppers and covers them with molasses, and soon all the hands are exclaiming how they taste just like candy.
Itís only when Jake Spoon comes riding up in a panic that reality hits the
cow camp. Lorie is gone, and the only things gone with her are the horse
and the mule. Blue Duck has taken her. Call is disgusted, because not
only is Lorie missing, but Jake is half-drunk. He canít stomach men who
are that incompetent. Gus saddles up and says heís going to find her,
but he wonít allow Jake to come along. Jake then responds by blaming Newt
for not watching her more closely. Call steps in and forces Jake to sit
down and explains that Blue Duck probably got the cattle on the run as
a diversion. Newt couldnít have stopped it. Jake then leaves in disgust
on his tired horse, because Call wonít give him a fresh one. He doesnít
even notice the looks of disrespect on the faces of the other hands. Deets
offers to go with Gus, but Call says he needs him with the herd, and that
Gus will be fine. However, the black man worries all the next day, because
Gus doesnít come back and thereís no more to be seen of Jake Spoon.
The consequence of the menís disregard for the safety of the woman comes home to them when Lorie is stolen by Blue Duck. This moment is in direct opposition to the upbeat feeling the new cook brings to the camp.
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