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