By Johnston McCulley (1883-1958).
First appearance: Exciting Western, January 1948.
Reprinted in Exciting Western (U.K.), November 1954.
Short story (11 pages).
Online at Pulpgen (HERE).
"Riding the sunset trails to Stony Ridge, Joe Withers risks the peril of a hangnoose to accomplish a mission dear to his heart!"It's almost Christmas when Joe returns to his hometown, unsure of whether the local
Santa Claus might not want to shoot him on sight—and blissfully unaware that he's
about to acquire a new family . . .
The bottom line: