Paladin arrives at a distant outpost in the company of two Yavapai Apache Indians. The gunfighter approaches the fort while his escort hangs back, and asks Lt. Harvey to see Major Wilson. Harvey insists that the Yavapai come forward but Paladin waves them off instead. When Harvey tries to shoot them, Paladin shoves his gun away and quotes Army regulations, demanding to see Wilson. Harvey wonders if Paladin is with the Inspector General's office and backs down, and Paladin presents his card and tells him to give it to Wilson while he stables his horse...Read the full recap
Paladin: Major, let me set the record straight. I did not come here for old school gossip, to sing class songs, or discuss personal affairs, past or present. If you have a problem, please detail it and I'll name a price.
Major Wilson: You know what I risk my life for? Sixty-two dollars a month. Does that make you better than I am? Does that make your life worth more? You know that I've spent seven years in this hole eating dust? Seven years! Look here. This is what seven years represents to me. A stinking $200. That's not enough for you, is it?
Paladin: Well, it might be.
Major Wilson: Oh, um, there's a full-dress retreat.
Paladin: Major, I've had a look at this post. A half-hour ceremony won't impress me.
Major Wilson: What are you doing, man?
Paladin: This is an advance payment to get us out of here. Wilson, gold is only worth one thing to me and that's to buy what I need most. In this case it's my life!