Because the Indians are in awe of an old-timers' giant horse, a Clydesdale who is nineteen hands high and weighs three thousand pounds, the elderly man is able to pass safely through their hostile territory.
Indians kidnap a woman, leaving in her place an Indian boy with leprosy, promising to return her if they heal the boy. A priest is shocked to find he shares the other passengers fear and hatred toward the boy.
While on a scouting mission, Flint is stopped by a scavenger who tries to detour the wagon train into the path of a hidden cannon by saying that he has blasted a road through a dead end canyon that will save the train two weeks.
"The Colter Craven Story" is the November 23, 1960 black-and-white episode of the American television western series, Wagon Train, which had an eight-season run from 1957 to 1965. Presented as the 9th installment of the hour-long program's 4th season, it is the third of four television series episodes directed by filmmaker John Ford, the only four-time winner of the Academy Award for Best Director. Cast with a collection of actors who repeatedly appeared in Ford's films and were known as the John Ford Stock Company, "The Colter Craven Story" was done as a favor to Wagon Train star Ward Bond, who played supporting roles in 24 Ford films. Filmed in September 1960, it was broadcast 18 days after Bond's sudden death from a heart attack on November 5.