Panel 1: A brown horse pulls a cart through a flooding dirt road. The horse is attached to the cart via a simplistic wooden harness and plank, and the green-raincoat-clad driver sits on a shelf atop the cart’s bow. The passenger, Solomon “Saul” Sibley, sits aside the cart facing away, as a green tarp covers the cart and the boxes and luggage within. Caption 1: “It was a dark and stormy night…” Caption 2: “…and the roads were flooding…”

Panel 2: Caption 1: “…the night Solomon Sibley moved to Sadie, Missouri…”  The same horse is seen from the front, brown and beautiful, eyes shining, nostrils flaring, as he pulls the cart into town down the main road, lined with shops and businesses with Western-style storefronts with sandy and earthy colors. The driver, again mostly covered by his dark green raincoat, sits behind the horse on the cart, holding a whip motionless on his steed’s backside.

Panel 3: We see the future home of Saul’s shop, a Western-style, all wooden storefront, as the driver in his raincoat and African-American moving guy lift a rather large crate off the back of the cart in the background. Saul Sibley, in brown suit jacket and worn hat, is in the foreground, rubbing his chin in contemplation. Caption 1: “It was 1861. Civil war had turned his Baltimore community upside down, so Saul decided to move West. With $1000 from his uncle Simon, he’d have more than enough to open his own apothecary shop, which he would plan and perfect with utmost care.”

Sadie, Missouri is heavily based on Sedalia, Missouri, the railhead at the end of the legendary Sedalia trail AKA Shawnee trail, famously depicted by the TV series “Rawhide.”


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