"This is your lucky day," Billy said to the prisoners. "The county judge has swum the river on horseback so he could get here to hold court first thing this morning. You're lucky to be brought up before a real judge in these lawless times. Lt. Tom Custer will be in court in person to get a firsthand look at what kind of stupid idiot would try to steal his horse. His brother, General Custer himself, will be showing up here in Austin with the rest of his regiment in a few days, Uncle Santana says. Too bad you fellows will be dead by then. You, Robin, you would be thrilled to see the Seventh Cavalry riding into the capital of Texas with their flags and bugles and drums."