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The Boy Scouts On The Range   By: (1879-1917)

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THE BOY SCOUTS ON THE RANGE

BY LIEUT. HOWARD PAYSON

NEW YORK HURST & COMPANY PUBLISHERS

Copyright, 1911, BY HURST & COMPANY

CONTENTS

CHAPTER PAGE

I. ROB SURPRISES A COW PUNCHER 5

II. NEWS OF THE MOQUIS 23

III. THE DESERT WATER HOLE 38

IV. SILVER TIP APPEARS 54

V. AT THE HARKNESS RANCH 65

VI. A BOY SCOUT "BRONCHO BUSTER" 75

VII. THE STAMPEDE AT THE FAR PASTURE 87

VIII. HEMMED IN BY THE HERD 100

IX. THE HOME OF A VANISHED RACE 112

X. THE GHOST OF THE CAVE DWELLING 125

XI. CAPTURED BY MOQUIS 137

XII. TUBBY'S PERIL 148

XIII. A FRIEND IN NEED 161

XIV. A TOBOGGAN TO DISASTER 172

XV. WHAT BECAME OF THE SCOUT? 185

XVI. BLINKY SPOILS A SOMBRERO 195

XVII. IN THE CLUTCHES OF THE GRIZZLY 205

XVIII. THE INDIAN AGENT 220

XIX. BLACK CLOUD'S VISIT 233

XX. THE WATCHERS OF THE TRAIL 246

XXI. THE MAVERICK RAID 257

XXII. CLARK JENNINGS GETS A SURPRISE 269

XXIII. THE WORSHIPPERS OF THE SNAKE 280

XXIV. BOY SCOUTS TO THE RESCUE 291

The Boy Scouts on the Range.

CHAPTER I.

ROB SURPRISES A COW PUNCHER.

Northward from Truxton, Arizona, the desert stretches a red hot, sandy arm, the elbow of which crooks about several arid ranges of baked hills clothed with a scanty growth of chaparral. Across this sun bitten solitude of sand and sage brush extend two parallel steel lines the branch of the Southern Pacific which at Truxton takes a bold plunge into the white solitudes of the dry country.

Scattered few and far between on the monotonous level are desert towns, overtopped by lofty water tanks, perched on steel towers, in the place of trees, and sun baked like everything else in the "great sandy." These isolated communities, the railroad serves. Twice a day, with the deliberate pace of the Gila Monster, a dusty train of three cars, drawn by a locomotive of obsolete pattern, which has been not inaptly compared to a tailor's goose with a fire in it makes its slow way.

Rumbling through a gloomy, rock walled cut traversing the barren range of the Sierra Tortilla, the railroad emerges after much bumping through scorched foothills and rattling over straddle legged trestles above dry arroyos at Mesaville. Mesaville stands on the south bank of the San Pedro, a scanty branch of the Gila River. To the south of this little desert community, across the quivering stretches of glaring sand and mesquite, there hangs always a blue cloud the Santa Catapina Range.

The blazing noonday sun lay smitingly over Mesaville and the inhabitants of that town, when on a September day the dust powdered train before referred to drew up groaningly at the depot, and from one of its forward cars there emerged three boys of a type strange to the primitive settlement.

The eldest of the three, a boy of about seventeen, whom his two friends addressed as Rob, was Rob Blake, whom readers of the Boy Scouts of the Eagle Patrol the first volume of this series have met before. His companions were Corporal Merritt Crawford of the same patrol, and the rotund Tubby Hopkins, the son of widow Hopkins of Hampton, Long Island, from which village all three, in fact, came.

"Well, here we are at Mesaville."

Rob Blake gazed across the hot tracks at the row of raw buildings opposite as he spoke, and the town gazed back in frank curiosity at him... Continue reading book >>




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