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The Honorable Senator Sage-Brush   By: (1856-1930)

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THE HONORABLE SENATOR SAGE BRUSH

[Illustration: "He's taken our retainer!" snapped the vice president]

THE HONORABLE SENATOR SAGE BRUSH

BY

FRANCIS LYNDE

CHARLES SCRIBNER'S SONS NEW YORK : : : : : 1913

COPYRIGHT, 1913, BY

CHARLES SCRIBNER'S SONS

Published September, 1913

[Illustration]

TO MR. GEORGE ADY

My Regius Professor in the School of Western Railroading, and himself a keen observer, in situ , of the conditions which I have herein sought to portray, this book is most affectionately inscribed.

THE AUTHOR.

CONTENTS

CHAPTER PAGE

I. BECAUSE PATRICIA SAID "NO" 3

II. THE BOSS 26

III. A FALSE GALLOP OF MEMORIES 40

IV. THE HIGHBINDERS 56

V. AT WARTRACE HALL 69

VI. ON THE WING OF OCCASIONS 86

VII. A BATTLE ROYAL 96

VIII. THE QUEEN'S GAMBIT 110

IX. THE RANK AND FILE 121

X. IN THE HERBARIUM 138

XI. THE GREAT GAME 148

XII. A WELL SPRING IN THE DESERT 165

XIII. THE LIEGEMAN 178

XIV. BARRIERS INVISIBLE 193

XV. SWORD PLAY 203

XVI. THE SAFE BLOWER 213

XVII. ON THE KNEES OF THE HIGH GODS 230

XVIII. THE CHASM 241

XIX. A COG IN THE WHEEL 256

XX. A STONE FOR BREAD 264

XXI. THE UNDER DOG 280

XXII. THE ICONOCLAST 293

XXIII. A CRY IN THE NIGHT 302

XXIV. FIELD HEADQUARTERS 320

XXV. BLOOD AND IRON 327

XXVI. APPLES OF GOLD 343

XXVII. IN WHICH PATRICIA DRIVES 356

XXVIII. THE GOSSIPING WIRES 367

XXIX. AT SHONOHO INN 379

XXX. THE RECKONING 390

XXXI. À LA BONNE HEURE 407

THE HONORABLE SENATOR SAGE BRUSH

I

BECAUSE PATRICIA SAID "NO"

Some one was giving a dinner dance at the country club, and Blount, who was a week end guest of the Beverleys, was ill natured enough to be resentful. What right had a gay and frivolous world to come and thrust its light hearted happiness upon him when Patricia had said "No"? It was like bullying a cripple, he told himself morosely, and when he had read the single telegram which had come while he was at dinner he begged Mrs. Beverley's indulgence and went out to find a chair in a corner of the veranda where the frivolities had not as yet intruded.

It was a North Shore night like that in which Shakespeare has mingled moon shadows with the gossamer fantasies of the immortal "Dream." Though the dance was in doors, the trees on the lawn and the road fronting verandas of the club house were hung with festoons of Chinese lanterns. At the carriage entrance smart automobiles were coming and going, and one of them, with the dust of the Boston parkways on its running gear, brought the guests of honor three daughters of a Western senator lately home from their summer abroad.

Blount knew neither the honorers nor the honored ones, and had resolutely refused the chance offered him by Mrs. Beverley to amend his ignorance. For Patricia's "No" was not yet twenty four hours old, and since it had changed the stars in their courses for Patricia's lover, the cataclysm was much too recent to postulate anything like a return of the heavenly bodies to their normal orbits.

Not that Blount put it that way, either to Mrs. Beverley or to himself. He was a level eyed, square shouldered young man of an up to date world, and the stock from which he sprang was prosaic and practical rather than poetic or sentimental. But the fact remained, and when he sat back in his corner absently folding the lately received telegram into a narrow spill and scowling moodily down upon the coming and going procession of motor cars he was unconsciously giving a very life like imitation of the disappointed lover the world over... Continue reading book >>




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