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January 30 , 2009

A Bargain with Peg-Leg


This story describes Bunt McBride’s account of Peg-Leg Smith, a shameful one-legged offender. Bunt retells the story on his break from the night shift at the mine. Peg-Leg amputated his own leg and fashioned himself one from a tree stub after he was shot. He was known for his aversion and spent his life trying to get people to stop using words of abusment. Bunt encountered him at a bar in Yuma when Bunt was just a teenager. He was there watching his friend, Clarense, play a gambling game with some men that involved taking their temperatures. Clarence won, and the guys start accusing him of cheating. Peg-Leg had been sleeping in the back room, but he appeared and tackled Clarence from across the room. Bunt jumped to Clarence’s defense and pulled off Peg-Leg’s leg… Read the story till the end to know it!

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