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Elam Storm, The Wolfer Or, The Lost Nugget   By: (1842-1915)

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ELAM STORM, THE WOLFER

OR

THE LOST NUGGET

BY HARRY CASTLEMON

AUTHOR OF "GUNBOAT SERIES," "FOREST AND STREAM SERIES," "WAR SERIES," ETC., ETC.

PHILADELPHIA HENRY T. COATES & CO.

Copyright, 1895, BY PORTER & COATES.

[Illustration: THE RED GHOST.]

CONTENTS.

I. SOMETHING ABOUT THE NUGGET

II. TOM MASON AGAIN

III. TOM BEGINS HIS WANDERINGS

IV. THE WRONG BOAT

V. TOM'S LUCK

VI. TOM ADMIRES THE COWBOYS

VII. A TEMPERANCE LECTURE

VIII. A HOME RANCH

IX. LOST IN THE MOUNTAINS

X. THE CAMP OF ELAM, THE WOLFER

XI. UNWELCOME VISITORS

XII. TOM FINDS SOMETHING

XIII. ELAM INTERVIEWS THE MAJOR

XIV. ELAM UNDER FIRE

XV. UNCLE EZRA PUTS HIS FOOT DOWN

XVI. A NEW EXPEDITION

XVII. THE NUGGET IS FOUND

XVIII. CONCLUSION

LIST OF ILLUSTRATIONS

THE RED GHOST.

TOM'S NEW ACQUAINTANCE.

TOM IN HIDING.

ELAM'S FIGHT WITH THE CHEYENNES.

ELAM STORM, THE WOLFER;

OR,

THE LOST NUGGET.

CHAPTER I.

SOMETHING ABOUT THE NUGGET.

"Yes, sir; it's just like I tell you. Every coyote on this here ranch, mean and sneaking as he is, is worth forty dollars to the man who can catch him."

"Then what is the reason Carlos and I can't make some money this winter?"

"You mout, and then again you moutn't. It aint everybody who can coax one of them smart prowlers to stick his foot in a trap. If that was the case, my neighbors would have had more sheep, and Elam Storm would be worth a bushel of dollars."

"And you are going to grub stake him again this winter, are you, Uncle Ezra?"

"Sure. I always do."

"What is the reason you won't let us go with him to the mountains?"

"'Cause I know that your folks aint so tired of you that they are ready to lose you yet awhile; that's why."

"Only just a few days. We'll come back at the end of the week if you say so, won't we, Carlos?"

"'Taint no use of talking, Ben; not a bit. Man alive! what would I say to the major if anything should happen to you? And going off with Elam Storm! That would be the worst yet."

"But Elam is honest and reliable. You have said so more than once, Uncle Ezra."

"Oh, he's honest enough, as far as that goes, but shiftless mighty shiftless. And I never said he was reliable except in one way. He's reliable enough to go to the mountains every fall and come back every spring with a hoss back load of peltries, and that's all he is reliable for. I did make out to hold him down to the business of sheep herding for a couple of years, but then the roaming fever took him again and nobody couldn't do nothing with him. He just had to go, and so he asked for a grub stake and lit out."

"You think that while he is in the mountains he looks for something besides wolf skins, don't you?"

"I know he does. He's got a fool notion that will some day be the death of him, just as it has been the death of a dozen other men who tried to follow out the same notion."

"You promised to tell me all about it some day, and about Elam, too; and what better time can we have than the present? We are here by ourselves, and there is no one to break in on your story."

"Well, then, I'll tell you if it will ease your minds any. It won't be long, so you needn't go to settling yourself as though you had an all night's job before you to listen. And perhaps when I am done you will know why I don't want you to go piking about the country with such a fellow as Elam Storm."

It was just the night for story telling and pipes. The blizzard, which had been brewing for a week or more, had burst forth in all its fury, and the elements were in frightful commotion. The wind howled mournfully through the branches of the evergreens that covered the bluff behind the cabin; the rain and sleet, freezing as they fell, rattled harshly upon the bark roof over our heads; and the whole aspect of nature, as I caught a momentary glimpse of it when I went out to gather our evening's supply of fire wood, was cheerless and desolate in the extreme... Continue reading book >>




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