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For the Allinson Honor   By: (1866-1945)

For the Allinson Honor by Harold Bindloss

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[Illustration: "TWO MORE APPEARED ... DRAGGING ALONG A THIRD'" Page 48]

FOR THE ALLINSON HONOR

BY HAROLD BINDLOSS

AUTHOR OF PRESCOTT OF SASKATCHEWAN, WINSTON OF THE PRAIRIE, ETC.

FRONTISPIECE BY CYRUS CUNEO

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NEW YORK GROSSET & DUNLAP PUBLISHERS

Copyright, 1913, by FREDERICK A. STOKES COMPANY

All rights reserved

SECOND PRINTING

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September, 1914

CONTENTS

CHAPTER PAGE I. THE TENANT AT THE FIRS 1 II. THE FAMILY PRIDE 13 III. A COUNCIL 23 IV. THE LAKE OF SHADOWS 35 V. THE FIRST SUSPICIONS 46 VI. DREAM MINE 55 VII. THE AMATEUR MINER 66 VIII. THE ISLAND OF PINES 77 IX. AMONG THE ICE 89 X. A CRISIS 100 XI. THE REAL BOSS 110 XII. INTERRUPTED PLANS 123 XIII. LOVE'S ENCOURAGEMENT 134 XIV. TREACHERY 143 XV. THE SILVER LODE 154 XVI. THE CACHE 167 XVII. THE GAP IN THE RIDGE 175 XVIII. THE EMPTY FLOUR BAG 188 XIX. A WOMAN'S WAY 194 XX. THE RESCUE PARTY 203 XXI. A BUSHMAN'S SATISFACTION 212 XXII. FRESH PLANS 222 XXIII. UNEXPECTED SUPPORT 235 XXIV. THE TRUTH ABOUT RAIN BLUFF 245 XXV. A DELICATE POINT 257 XXVI. A SUSPICIOUS STRANGER 269 XXVII. ANDREW STAKES HIS CLAIM 282 XXVIII. GERALDINE 292 XXIX. THE JUMPERS 304 XXX. THE EVE OF BATTLE 315 XXXI. ALLINSON'S MAKES GOOD 328 XXXII. THE HEAD OF THE HOUSE 341

FOR THE ALLINSON HONOR

CHAPTER I

THE TENANT AT THE FIRS

It was a hot autumn afternoon. Mrs. Olcott, a young and attractive woman, reclined in a canvas chair beside a tea table on the lawn in front of the cottage she had lately taken in the country. Her thin white dress displayed a slender and rather girlish form; her dark hair emphasized the delicate coloring of her face, which wore a nervous look. As a matter of fact, she felt disturbed. Clare Olcott needed somebody to take care of her; but she had few friends, and her husband held a government appointment in West Africa. His pay was moderate and he had no private means. His relatives justified their neglect of his wife by the reflection that he had married beneath him; and this was why he had commended her, with confidence, to the protection of a friend.

Andrew Allinson, who had made Olcott's acquaintance when serving as lieutenant of yeomanry during the Boer campaign, sat on a grassy bank near by with a teacup in his hand. He was strongly built and negligently dressed, in knickerbockers and shooting jacket. The bicycle he had just ridden leaned against the hedge. Andrew had lately reached his twenty ninth year. He had large blue eyes that met you with a direct glance, a broad forehead, and a strong jaw. On the whole, he was a good looking man, but his characteristic expression was one of rather heavy good humor. Though by no means stupid, he had never done anything remarkable, and most of the Allinsons thought him slow.

Raising himself a little, he looked slowly round. Beyond the hedge the white highroad climbed a bold ridge of moor that blazed in the strong sunshine with regal purple; farther back, smooth topped hills faded into an ethereal haziness through varying shades of gray. The head of the deep valley near the house was steeped in blue shadow, but lower down oatfields gleamed with ocher and cadmium among broad squares of green... Continue reading book >>




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