At the Carleton, Paladin arrives in the lobby when a man approaches him and reaches into his jacket. Paladin draws a derringer on him and advises him to proceed carefully. The man removes a business card introducing himself as J. Hawkins with the Empire Detective Agency out of London. Hawkins asks Paladin for identification, which the gunfighter provides. Hawkins says that he’s been tracking him from Calcutta, hands him an envelope, and quickly leaves. Paladin confirms that the envelope holds a bank draft for $1,000 and a message inviting him to Argus, Texas to kill a tiger before it kills the letter-sender, John Ellsworth. Hey Boy warns that tigers carry devils, but Paladin tells him to get him a ticket to Argus...Read the full recap
Paladin: Look at my right hand very carefully, sir. The caliber of this derringer is .38. It's capable of putting a stain on the carpet Hey Boy could never remove.
Paladin: Well, I've heard that Texas had everything but I didn't know it included tigers.
Hey Boy: Tiger not like other animal. They have evil wisdom. Inside them is devil.
Young Woman: Good morning, Paladin. (walks away seductively)
Paladin: Hey Boy, the devil can be found in many shapes.
Pahndu: You will not believe this, but I thought you were one of the natives here.
Paladin: Natives? Oh, yes, a quaint lot.
Pahndu: Very strange. And I'm afraid, dangerous.
Paladin: Only when restless. I...
Pahndu: You should have been here a fortnight ago. One of their festivals, a box dance.
Paladin: Box dance?
Pahndu: For no reason at all. They begin to appear...
Paladin: Oh, a square dance.
Pahndu: ...from miles around, carrying fermented liquors.
Paladin: There are, of course, certain unexplained mysteries. Certain things in life for which we have no logical explanation.
Ellsworth: Such as the power of a thousand dollars?
Paladin: A thousand dollars, Mr. Ellsworth, would scarcely pay me for the pain of enduring your company; I'd have to have at least another thousand to protect you from your tiger--paid in advance whether or not I succeed.
Trainer: One man dies, another gets married. A man never knows, does he?
Paladin: On the contrary. Sometimes a man knows his next appointment all too well.