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The Coming of the Law   By: (1875-1942)

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[Illustration: "What have you done with Hollis?" demanded Norton, thrusting his big six shooter against Ten Spot's stomach. Page 165 The Coming of the Law ]

THE COMING OF THE LAW

BY CHARLES ALDEN SELTZER

Author of "The Range Riders," "The Two Gun Man," "The Triangle Cupid," etc.

With Frontispiece in Colors by R. W. AMICK

A. L. BURT COMPANY

Publishers New York

Copyright 1912, By

OUTING PUBLISHING COMPANY

All Rights Reserved

First Printing, August, 1912

Second Printing, September, 1912

CONTENTS

I. The Arrival of the Man 9 II. The Rule of Cattle 25 III. Norton Makes a Discovery 42 IV. At the Circle Bar 53 V. The Girl of Dry Bottom 73 VI. Hollis Renews an Acquaintance 87 VII. The "Kicker" Becomes an Institution 107 VIII. Concerning the "Six O'Clock" 119 IX. How a Bad Man Left the "Kicker" Office 127 X. The Lost Trail 151 XI. Picking Up the Trail 161 XII. After the Storm 169 XIII. "Woman She Don't Need No Tooter" 177 XIV. The Coalition 187 XV. To Support the Law 198 XVI. The Bearer of Good News 209 XVII. The Rustler 224 XVIII. The Tenth Day 238 XIX. How a Rustler Escaped 246 XX. The "Kicker's" Candidate 257 XXI. Dunlavey Plays a Card 267 XXII. Proof of Gratitude 280 XXIII. Ten Spot Uses His Eyes 289 XXIV. Campaign Guns 294 XXV. Handling the Law 314 XXVI. Autumn and the Gods 327 XXVII. The Sear and Yellow Days 336 XXVIII. In Defiance of the Law 342 XXIX. The Arm of the Law 354 XXX. Forming a Friendship 364 XXXI. Afterward 375

THE COMING OF THE LAW

CHAPTER I

THE ARRIVAL OF THE MAN

If the passengers on the west bound train that pulled up at the little red wooden station at Dry Bottom at the close of a June day in 18 , were interested in the young man bearing the two suit cases, they gave no evidence of it. True, they noted his departure; with casual glances they watched him as he stepped down upon the platform; but immediately they forgot his athletic figure and his regular featured, serious face as their thoughts returned to the heat, the dust, and the monotony of travel.

There was the usual bustle and activity which always follows the arrival of a train. A mail bag was dumped out of the mail car, another thrown in; some express packages were unceremoniously deposited near the door of the station by the agent; the conductor ran to the telegrapher's window to receive an order; ran back, signaling as he ran; the engine bell clanged, the drivers clanked, the wheels ground, the passengers sighed, and the train departed on its way.

The young man who had alighted stood motionless for a moment, listening to the clatter of the wheels over the rail joints, watching the smoke from the engine stack befoul the clear blue of the sky. Then he smiled grimly, threw a rapid glance toward a group of loungers standing at a corner of the station, and walked over to where the station agent stood examining some newly arrived packages... Continue reading book >>




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