Silent Pards, published in 1938 in Western Story Magazine

“Silent Pards”
by L. Ron Hubbard

Publication date: November 1938

Original publication: Western Story Magazine

Genre: Western

Story description: Four human rattlesnakes jump Old Cherokee’s rich gold claims, leaving him for dead. But they overlook his two silent partners—Hardtack his dog and Joe, his mule.

Currently available as part of the Stories from the Golden Age series, in the title The Toughest Ranger.