It starts with the death of Zeke Calhoun…

Folks, I’m sorry to stop the celebrations. I have some real bad news to tell you.

The stable hand has found Zeke Calhoun lying in the stable, and I’m afraid to say… He’s dead!

Looks like he’d been in some sort of fight and got a nasty blow to the head. Also looks as if his hands were tied, but the rope has already been cut.

One other strange thing, the top pocket of his shirt had been cut open—there ain’t nothing inside.

I can’t tell you what the cause of death was yet; there are no signs of shooting or strangling or that the blow on the head was enough to kill him.

Folks, no one is to leave town until this mystery has been solved.