"Welcome to the McCain Ranch"
Mark and Noah were on their horses walking down the main street.
Noah wanted Mark to race him. "Come on McCain.....you afraid I'm
goin' to beat ya'!" "You know Blueboys' had a sore foreleg all
week. If I go racing him he's
just going to turn up lame for sure," said Mark. "Oh go on, blame it
on your old horse. If you can call that nag a horse." Wang Chi, a
Chinese and his boy, Wang Lee were coming down the street heading
towards them in a wagon. "What's that thing?" Asked Noah? Noah and
Mark headed towards the wagon. Wang Chi drove too close to the
hitching rail. The rail banged the pots and pans mounted on the
outside of the wagon. This spooked Noah's horse. His horse rears at
the sound and dumps Noah in the street. Noah's Pa Fergus emerges
from the saloon, drunk and headed towards the wagon. Wang Chi helps
Noah up and apologizes. "I'm very sorry. I misjudged the hitching
post," said Wang Chi. "Shut up you. What happened boy?" Asked
Fergus. Noah blamed Wang Chi for scaring his horse. Wang Chi again
apologized and said it was an accident. Milly I and exited the store
and saw the commotion. "I ought to take that pigtail and wrap it
around your neck. In fact, I think I will," said Fergus. "It was an
accident! I saw it," said Mark. Mark then rushed Fergus.....trying
to hold him off Wang Chi. Fergus shoved him aside hard and Mark goes
flying in full view of me. I didn't like him pushing Mark, nobody
does that and gets away with it.....I mean nobody! I was in his face
in no time. "Fergus! Aren't you a little big to be pushing boys
around?" I Asked. Fergus told me that Wang Chi made his kid fall. I
looked over at Noah, he seemed alright. It was an accident. I
intimidated Fergus so he backed off after sneeringly calling me a
I introduced myself and Mark to Wang Chi. "Please Mr. McCain.....you
and Mark must bring me all your clothes to fix and clean, tomorrow
they will be ready."
Mark really liked that idea. I told him that wouldn't be necessary.
"Please Mr. McCain.....I must do this to show my gratitude."
"Alright.....a little starch in our shirts might feel good for a
change.....huh Mark?" "Yeah.....we've been boilin' them for so long
I almost forgot what it feels like," said Mark. "Your shirt will be
just like new," said Wang Chi. He then went into Milly's store to
get some supplies.
"Pa, are all Chinese people that polite?" "Well.....most of them are
son. That's the way they're raised. They've got a great deal of
respect and humility." "Yeah I guess so.....they sure look funny the
way they dress and braid their hair," laughed Mark. "Now
Mark.....the next time your near a mirror, take a good look at
yourself. Then you figure out what you'd look like if you lived in
China." You should have seen the look on his face.....it sure made
him stop and think.
We then went over to the hotel to get some lunch. Our food just came
when Micah came into join us. He said he ran into Dave Wallace. He
told him about the ruckus with the Chinese. "Noise mostly.....Vince
Fergus talkin' big," I said. Micah wished that Fergus would take to
mind of packin' up and leaving. "Him and Noah both," said Mark.
Micah asked Mark if Noah had been in school that day. "No sir," said
Mark. Micah said he was gonna have a talk with Fergus and Noah. He
was tired of warning them. He talked about how North Fork could
stand a good laundry. I asked him if Mrs. Beacon was hard on his
Laundry. He said he thought she boiled them in lye. Mark and I
laughed at them. Just then we heard shots coming from out in the
street. We rushed out to see what was going on. It was Fergus and
Foster shootin' their guns in the air, spooking Wang Chi's horse.
They were drunk. Wang Chi couldn't get out of there fast enough.
"Fergus.....just what was all that about?" Asked Micah. "We were
just gettin' the town rid of that trouble
laughed Fergus. "Micah!" Called Milly. "Mr. Wang did nothing! They
hardly had time to load their supplies.....when these two....."
Fergus and Foster were laughing even harder. "You ought to be
ashamed of yourself, you scared that little boy half to deaf,"
yelled Milly. Milly was upset with them and went into her store.
"Fergus.....someday your gonna push people a little to far and then
someone's gonna push you back!" I said. He said they were just
funnin'. "You ain't takin' that Chinese' part again, are ya'?" He
asked. "It's a free country.....isn't it?" I yelled. "When you and
Foster get to drinkin' like you do.....you seem to forget that!"
Just then Micah stepped in. "Now you two go on home before I lock
you both up," said Micah. He told Fergus if his boy missed anymore
school he was gonna have to explain it to the circuit judge. "You
know Micah.....I remember an old Chinese saying once.....'He who
makes trouble.....gets more then his share'."
Mark and I headed out of town. We caught up with Wang Chi and his
boy. I told him he was going the wrong way. The creek was the other
way. "We have caused trouble.....so we leaving." I told him what
happened in town wasn't his fault. He said they had to leave. Mark
told them we needed a laundry in town and that Micah had agreed with
him. Wang Chi told us that they have found many places that needed a
laundry but they were never welcome. He was hoping to find a place
for him and his son to settle and start a laundry. His presence
always causes trouble. All he wanted to do was settle peacefully,
work hard and send his boy to school. This accident didn't help any.
He got off on the wrong foot with Fergus and now Fergus was
determined to run Wang Chi out of town. We told him we had a good
school and I was sure Micah would take care of any trouble. And
beside.....we haven't gotten out shirts done yet. They laughed. They
agreed to try it for a couple of weeks. "You know Pa.....if Wang Lee
is gonna go to school with me tomorrow.....he oughta cut off that
pigtail, it makes him look like a girl." "Mark.....Apaches wear
their hair long and there's nothing girlish about them." "Yeah,"
said Mark. "There sure are a lot of funny people in the world." "Now
look son....." "Pa I know.....go look in the mirror!" We laughed.
Wang Chi and Wang Lee camped by the creek. The next day Mark stopped
and picked up Wang Lee for school. Wang Lee really liked school.
Class had left out for the day and Mark and Wang Lee were in the
school yard talking when Noah came up to them. He was teasin' Wang
Lee about his pigtail.
tried to get Noah away from Wang Lee but he wouldn't budge. Noah
just kept handling Wang Lee's pigtail and goin' on about a pink
ribbon in Wang Lee's pigtail. Mark grabbed Noah and yelled....."I
said leave him alone!" Before you knew it they were on the ground
scuffling. Wang Lee put an arm lock around Noah's neck. He then
released him and Noah fell to the ground. Noah accused Wang Lee of
trying to kill him. "You touch my queue again, I may not be so
careful," said Wang Lee. Noah told him he would be sorry and ran
off. "Trouble is like a weed.....once it starts to grow it covers
everything," said Wang Lee.
Wang Chi decided to go over to the saloon and have a beer. Fergus
and Foster were there. Of course they couldn't leave him alone. He
took Wang Chi's beer from him and poured half of it on the bar and
filled the glass back up with whiskey. Wang Lee told him he didn't
care for hard spirits. Fergus grabbed him and told him he had to
drink it. Just then Noah came running into the saloon. He told his
Pa what had happened at the school. Wang Chi told him his son
wouldn't do anything like that. Mark and Wang Lee were there at the
door of the saloon. Mark told them that Noah started the fight. "Did
you touch this boy?" Asked Wang Chi. "He attacked my friend unfairly
father," said Wang Lee. "Two against one.....that's dirty fightin',"
said Fergus as he started after them. "Hold it laundry man," said
Fergus holding a gun on Wang Chi. He told him he meant it when he
told him he wanted him out of town. I just happened to come upon
this fight. I told Fergus to put his gun down. I asked him if he
wanted to go up against my rifle. I asked the boys who started it.
Suddenly no one had a thing to say. I told Fergus he was using
pretty strong measures to settle a boys fight. Micah told him to
steer clear of Wang Chi and everybody would be better of. He told
him to get his boy and go about his business. After Fergus left,
Mark told us what had happened. I told him I could see where it
would be difficult for Wang Lee if he keeps wearing his hair like
that. "By law, Chinese must wear queues Mr. McCain." "Without our
queues we can't return home," said Wang Chi. He told me our clothes
would be ready this evening.
Mark was washing up. We were going to go and pick up our shirts.
Wang Chi was gonna make things a lot easier for us. Mark said he
thought Fergus would have used his gun on Wang Chi if I hadn't come
along. I told him he was all talk. He just wanted to scare Wang Chi.
Mark couldn't understand why Fergus didn't like Wang Chi. I told him
some people just think they're better then others. "The good book
says that everybody's the same.....it doesn't matter who you are,"
said Mark. "How comes there are so many different kinds of people?"
Asked Mark. "I think the good Lord thought about that when he made
the world and all the people in it. I think he figured we'd get
tired of each other if we all were the same." I said. "You mean on
the outside?" Asked Mark. "That's right son, on the outside.....on
the inside.....there's no difference.
When we got to the creek where Wang Chi and Wang Lee were camping,
Fergus and Foster was there causing trouble. Foster took the wash
off the clothes lines and was throwing them into the fire when I got
there. Fergus was choking Wang Chi. Wang Chi got the best of him.
Now he was choking Fergus. Foster ran up to Wang Chi and cut off his
queue. He threw the queue on the ground in front of Wang Chi,
laughing. Fergus drew his gun. He told Wang Chi he was gonna fix him
good. Wan Chi told him to leave them alone.....he had taken
enough.....he took their home. I told Fergus and Foster to drop
their guns. Fergus told me this wasn't any of my business. But it
was. He made it my business, that was my laundry they just
destroyed. "No!" yelled Wang Chi. He charged at Fergus. He hit him.
Gave him a bloody nose. He used some karate moves on him. Wang Chi
beat Fergus. He then turned to Foster but he ran. Yelling....."Keep
him away from
me!" "Laundry business is very bad," said Wang Chi.
Fergus was lucky the circuit judge just made him leave the
territory. He could have given him a jail sentence. Fergus said he
was glad to be leavin' this crummy town and it's crummy people. I
told Fergus people were the same everywhere. I told him he had a lot
to learn about other people and that he should keep that in mind. He
then drove off.
Wang Chi decided to settle in North Fork. He was hanging out his
sign when Mark walked up. He noticed something different with Wang
Lee. His pigtail was gone. Mark lift up his hat. It wasn't under
there? "You like?" Asked Wang Lee. "Ya'.....but now you just look
like everyone else," said Mark. "Sure.....American!" Said Wang Lee
with a big proud smile.
Pa.....Micah!" "Come here quick!" "Look at Wang Lee." Micah and I
went over to see what Mark was yelling about. Wang Lee took off his
hat and showed us his haircut. "Like father like son," said Wang Chi
with a big smile.
of the writers to this episodes was Beverly Fix. Beverly was Paul's
secretary and in 1950 she became his 2nd wife.
Victor Sen Yung as Wang Chi. We definitely
know this guy!
Dick Kay Hong as Wang Lee, the
Peter Whitney appeared in nine
episodes ― Eddie's Daughter as
Tracey Blanch, he's the big dude who came looking for Lil ― Mail Order Groom as John
Jupiter, he was the Mail Order Groom, the one that Jess
Profit (John Anderson) kept picking on ― Heller as Andrew
Bechtol, the mean stepfather ― Strange Town as Ott Droshek,
he ran the Strange Town ― The
Queue as Vince Fergus, again he was the bully, the instigator
who picked on Wang Chi ― Long Gun
From Tucson as John Holliver, he was the cowboy who came back
for revenge ― Lou Mallory as Neb
Jackman, the Pa of the Jackman clan ― Gun Shy as Vantine,
he was the man who was holding Lou hostage ― Which Way'd They Go?
as Ned Jackman, the Pa of the Jackman clan.
Paul Wexler appeared in four episodes
― The Pitchman as Cleek Watson,
he was one of the brothers looking to kill Swifty for selling his Pa
bad medicine ― Sheer Terror as
Harris the buffalo hunter ―
as Les Foster, Vince's drinkin' buddy ―
Outlaw's Shoes as
Joe Weiden, he brought a mob to the Sheriff's office.
Pat Close as Noah Fergus, as
Vince's son (Peter Whitney). He was the bully who picked on
George Sowards appeared in six
episodes ― The Sharpshooter as a barfly ― The Fourflusher as one of the townsmen ―
The Promoter as a boxing spectator ― The Clarence Bibs
Story as one of the townsmen ― The Queue as
one of the townsmen ― End of the Hunt as one of the townsmen
― Which Way'd They Go? as one of the townsmen.
Joan Taylor played Milly Scott. Milly
bought The General Store from Hattie Denton. Hattie had to leave to
go and help her sister in Denver. Joan Taylor appeared in eighteen
episodes as Milly Scott and was introduced to The Rifleman
in Miss Milly.
Joe E. Benson appeared in The
Rifleman many times, probably more times than listed. Sometimes
credited & sometimes not.
*Please note: In Dark Day at North Fork
he appeared as two different characters - as one of the townsmen &
Joe was a good friend & a neighbor of Chuck's. He helped Chuck build
a tree house for the boys and also help build the addition onto the
house which was later called the den. (One of the several tree
Kathy Garver played Amy the
Tom Smith - How many times has Tom Smith
been on The Rifleman? Is it 7 or 9? He was in The
Queue as a customer in the dining room Outlaw's Shoes
as a cowboy in town ― The Clarence Bibs Story as a cowboy
in town ― Millie's Brother as a card player ― The Long
Goodbye as a cowboy in town ― Suspicion as a cowboy in
town and he was in Squeeze Play which later they used stock
footage from Squeeze Play for Conflict and End
of the Hunt.
*The queue was brought into China by the
Manchu, who started the Ching Dynasty. The queue was worn with a
shaved forehead. It was adopted by all Chinese males and became a
symbol of allegiance and identity. It fell out of fashion when the
Republic came into being in the early 1900's.
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