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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 white knight.
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 maker," 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. Mark 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.
"Hey 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.
piddlin' stuff.....One 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 Chinese boy.
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 Neb 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 ― The Queue 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 Wang Lee.
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 & the bartender.
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 house pictures)
Kathy Garver played Amy the waitress.
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.
Taylor Curtis 'Cactus Mack' McPeters as a Townsman in Day of the Hunter ― The Queue..
Edward Biery in The Queue
*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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