I was done with the cattle drive, for which I was paid $50 in gold, and offered a fine hoss as the balance for my work. The catch was that I needed to go to the ranch and pick the hoss up, and the ranch was in Colorado.
After some lookin’ about (and $12 dollars spent on just livin’ in the city), I chanced on a man offerin’ a unique position. For want of my new hoss, I took on a new “job” for a company called Hellstromme Industries. The work, if you can call it that, was to take a ride to Colorado for ‘em in their new-fangled ‘auto-engine’.
According to the representative, the device is said to be as fast as a hoss and buggy without a hoss involved. The catch is that this is a new model, and it ain’t exaclty got all the problems worked out yet. So, what they want in return for my passage is my thoughts and feelin’s about the ride – so they can make it better on the next model.