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The Dust of Conflict   By: (1866-1945)

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THE DUST OF CONFLICT

[Illustration: “I AM, YOU WILL REMEMBER, AN ADVENTURER.”]

THE DUST OF CONFLICT

By HAROLD BINDLOSS

AUTHOR OF “ALTON OF SOMASCO,” “THE CATTLE‐BARON’S DAUGHTER,” ETC.

With illustrations in color by W. HERBERT DUNTON

NEW YORK · FREDERICK A. STOKES COMPANY · PUBLISHERS

Copyright, 1907, BY FREDERICK A. STOKES COMPANY

Published in January, 1907

All rights reserved

THE UNIVERSITY PRESS, CAMBRIDGE, U.S.A.

CONTENTS

— I — VIOLET WAYNE’S CONFIDENCE

— II — DAVIDSON MEETS HIS MATCH

— III — TONY CANNOT DECIDE

— IV — THE VERDICT

— V — APPLEBY MAKES A FRIEND

— VI — THE SCHOONER “VENTURA”

— VII — THE DESCENT OF SANTA MARTA

— VIII — APPLEBY’S PRISONER

— IX — THE BREAKING OF THE NET

— X — AN UNEXPECTED MEETING

— XI — THE ALCALDE’S BALL

— XII — PANCHO’S WARNING

— XIII — THE SECOND ATTEMPT

— XIV — APPLEBY PROVES OBDURATE

— XV — TONY’S LAST OPPORTUNITY

— XVI — DANE COP

— XVII — TONY IS PAINFULLY ASTONISHED

— XVIII — NETTIE ASKS A QUESTION

— XIX — POSITIVE PROOF

— XX — FOUND GUILTY

— XXI — TONY’S DECISION

— XXII — MORALES MAKES A PROPOSAL

— XXIII — APPLEBY TAKES A RISK

— XXIV — RESPITED

— XXV — MORALES SITS STILL

— XXVI — THE SEIZING OF SAN CRISTOVAL

— XXVII — HARDING’S APPROBATION

— XXVIII — TONY MAKES AMENDS

— XXIX — TONY PERSISTS

— XXX — MORALES PRESERVES HIS FAME

— XXXI — STRUCK OFF THE ROLL

— XXXII — APPLEBY LEAVES SANTA MARTA

— XXXIII — VIOLET REGAINS HER LIBERTY

— XXXIV — THE RIGHT MAN

THE DUST OF CONFLICT

I — VIOLET WAYNE’S CONFIDENCE

THE November afternoon was drawing towards its close when Bernard Appleby stood with a gun on his shoulder in an English country lane. It was a costly hammerless gun, but it had been lent to him, and the fact that his right shoulder was sore and there was a raw place on one of his fingers was not without its significance. Appleby, indeed, seldom enjoyed an opportunity of shooting pheasants, and had been stationed at what proved to be a particularly warm corner of the big beech wood. Here he had, however, acquitted himself considerably better than might have been expected, for he had a steady eye and the faculty of making a quick and usually accurate decision, as well as a curious coolness in action, which was otherwise somewhat at variance with an impulsive disposition. These qualities are useful in more serious affairs than game shooting, and it was fortunate for Appleby, who was a poor man, that he possessed them, because they comprised his whole worldly advantages.

A little farther up the lane his kinsman, Anthony Palliser, was talking to a keeper, and though Appleby could not hear what they said, there was something in the man’s manner which puzzled him. It was certainly not respectful, and Appleby could almost have fancied that he was threatening his companion. This, however, appeared improbable, for Anthony Palliser was a man of some little importance in that part of the country, and endowed with an indolent good humor which had gained him the good will of everybody. Still, Appleby had seen that complaisance can be carried too far, and knowing rather better than most people how little stiffness there was in Palliser’s character, watched him somewhat curiously until the keeper moved away.

Then Palliser came up and joined him, and they turned homewards down the lane. They were not unlike in appearance, and of much the same age— Appleby twenty‐six, Palliser a year younger. Both were healthy young Englishmen, but there was an indefinite something in the poise of Appleby’s head, and the very way he put his feet down, which suggested who possessed the most character. He had clear blue eyes which met one fearlessly, and into which there crept at times a little reckless twinkle, crisp brown hair, and lips which could set firmly together, while he held himself well, considering that he labored for the most part at a desk... Continue reading book >>




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