And Buck was just sober enough to perceive that he was being held lightly.
All of which Andy heard, and he knew that Buck Heath intended him to hear them.
"Don't be a fool, Buck," said Jasper, glancing over his shoulder.
"Come over to the saloon, Buck, and have one on me," said Jasper.
Every one could hear Andrew say: "I hear you've been making a talk about me, Buck?"
Andy chose the careful insult which he would throw in Buck's face.
And the words of the younger man had an instant effect on Buck Heath.
"Spoils the hoof to put the knife on the sole, Buck," said the smith.
Buck would turn on his heel and stand, towering, in the door.
Here he's left Buck's hoss, so he ain't exactly a hoss thief—yet.