Newt is reeling because Jake Spoon is an even bigger hero to him than Dish Boggett is.
Jake Spoon, another former Texas Ranger, was kind to Newt and Newt's mother, Maggie the whore.
Jake recognizes Newt, which makes him happy. But he's the only one. Call isn't happy, because "something in Jake didn't quite stick. Something wasn't quite consistent" (6.32).
Dish considers riding on when the Captain suggests he help dig a well while they wait for the horse drive. But he decides to stay.
Jake munches on some breakfast and talks about his plans of going to Montana. He's been on the run ever since he accidentally killed a man in Arkansas. Oops.
Even though everyone thinks Jake is a gunfighter, he isn't. The bandit he killed was a lucky shot. Ever since then, Jake's had pretty much bad luck all the way. Now he's got July Johnson, a sheriff from Arkansas, on his trail.
Jake asks about Newt, and Gus says they've had him since Maggie died. He insinuates that either Jake or Call is Newt's dad.
Gus asks Jake about Clara, a woman they both loved.
Jake says Clara is still in Nebraska with her dumb husband, Bob Allen.
Jake wants to know if there's a "sporting woman" (7.35) in town, but he decides to take a nap before sauntering on down to the Dry Bean.
Dish returns from well digging, and he feels mighty undignified covered in dirt.
Then Call comes up, and after some talk of the Hell B****, he suggests they all go north to Montana because Jake says there's beautiful country there.
Call and Gus argue about this idea and don't come to a decision.
It's a hot afternoon in Lonesome Dove, and everyone collapses in the shade.
But not for long. A couple of visitors ride up.
The visitors check out the sign Gus made, which is a door with a ton of writing on it, detailing everyone in the Hat Creek Cattle Company and Livery Emporium.
The visitor's name is Wilbarger, and he wants forty horses. Mexicans ran off his horses, and he has some cattle that need wrangling.
Wilbarger is sent to find Call, and Dish strolls down to the Dry Bean.
But someone else is in Lorena's room.
Dish goes away for an hour, and when he comes back, Lorena is at a table with none other than Jake Spoon.
Depressed, Dish gets a drink. Then another. Then another.
Wilbarger rides up to Augustus and Call to strike up a chat.
Call informs Wilbarger that they expect to have a hundred horses at sunup, and Wilbarger is welcome to wait for them. He even promises to bring back Wilbarger's horses if he finds them.
The plan is to get the horses from Pedro Flores, a rival horse wrangler over the border.
Dish stumbles in, drunk and puking, and Call is furious. He hired Dish, and now Dish is too drunk to ride.
Dish insists he can do his job and he'll be ready to ride at sundown.
Call invites Newt along for the ride and gives him a gun of his own. Newt "felt grown and complete for the first time in his life" (9.140). Hey, it is Texas.
Newt is surprised at how dark and empty the terrain is. No bandits to fight. No nothing out there, really.
Augustus doesn't think it's a good idea to steal horses from the "best-armed ranch in northern Mexico" (10.20), but Call isn't concerned.
Dish has ridden off most of his drunkenness and is tagging along just fine. Jake is along for the ride, too.
On the way to camp, the men encounter something surprising: two white dudes.
Call's men surround the white guys and storm their camp.
It turns out these are two Irishmen: Sean O'Brien and his older brother Allen. They've lost their animals and most of their food.
Call says he'll help the O'Briens on their way back from the Flores ranch. And he doesn't even ask for Lucky Charms in exchange.