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Jess of the Rebel Trail   By: (1872-1948)

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JESS OF THE REBEL TRAIL

BY

H. A. CODY

AUTHOR OF "THE FRONTIERSMAN," "THE LONG PATROL," "THE CHIEF OF THE RANGES," "THE FOURTH WATCH," "GLEN OF THE HIGH NORTH," ETC.

McCLELLAND AND STEWART

PUBLISHERS : : TORONTO

1921,

BY GEORGE H. DORAN COMPANY

PRINTED IN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

To

MY UNCLE AND NAMESAKE

HIRAM CODY

Long Since Passed Within the Vail

This Book is Dedicated

In Grateful and Loving Remembrance

CONTENTS

CHAPTER

I THE HOLD UP II REBELLION III THE "EB AN' FLO" IV UNDER COVER V CAPTAIN SAMUEL GOES SHOPPING VI EBEN MAKES A DISCOVERY VII GIVING MARTHA THE GO BY VIII WHAT THE COW DID IX MARTHA TAKES A HAND X UNWELCOME VISITORS XI IN PERIL OF DEATH XII CORNERED XIII A TRICKY PASSENGER XIV ANOTHER VICTIM XV TWO WOMEN'S TROUBLES XVI MORE THAN A DREAM XVII CAPTAIN SAM'L GOES HOME XVIII HARD LUCK XIX THE CAPTAIN GIVES ADVICE XX MRS. GRIMSBY'S MISSION XXI EBEN COMES ASHORE XXII ON THE REBEL TRAIL XXIII STRAIGHT TALK XXIV EBEN ATTENDS TO GRIMSBY XXV THE FOREST FIRE XXVI IN THE RING OF DEATH XXVII IN THE NICK OF TIME XXVIII IN URGENT NEED XXIX CONFESSION XXX JOY AT EVENTIDE

"I have no other but a woman's reason; I think him so, because I think him so."

SHAKESPEARE

"When all other rights are taken away, the right of rebellion is made perfect."

THOMAS PAINE

"Women are never stronger than when they arm themselves with their weakness."

MADAME DU DEFFAND

JESS OF THE REBEL TRAIL

CHAPTER I

THE HOLD UP

The glowing coals in the spacious grate seemed to fascinate the woman as she sat huddled in a big luxurious chair. The book she had been reading was lying open and unheeded on her lap. Her surroundings were by no means in keeping with her dejected manner. The room was cosy and lavishly furnished, while the shaded electric reading lamp cast its gentle radiance upon the woman's white hair and soft evening gown. It was a rough night, and the wind howling outside beat furiously against the closely blinded windows.

It was a night such as this, nearly twenty years before, of which the woman was thinking. She was once again in a room in a private hospital, lying weak and helpless from the ordeal through which she had passed. It all came back to her now with a stinging intensity, causing her white hands to clench hard, and her eyes to widen with a nameless fear.

A maid entered and announced a visitor.

"I can't see anyone to night," the woman before the fire declared, without even turning her head.

"But " the maid began.

"That is all, Maggie. You need not say anything more. I wish to be left entirely alone."

The maid hesitated a few seconds before obeying the imperious command. Then she slowly turned, and had almost reached the door when it was suddenly pushed open and a man entered. Without a word, he stepped past her and glided across the room toward the fire. His unexpected appearance startled the woman crouching there. She straightened quickly up and stared at the intruder in amazement.

"Who are you?" she demanded. "How dare you come here? Maggie, put this man out."

But Maggie had disappeared, so the woman was left to face the man alone.

"I won't harm you, madame," he smilingly informed her, as he moved closer to the fire and stretched put his hands. "I'm as harmless as a kitten."

"Keep back," the woman ordered. "Don't come so close."

"Oh, I'm all right. Don't you worry about me."

Again the man smiled as he rubbed his hands together.

"I wasn't worrying about you," the woman retorted. "I would like to see you burn yourself for your impudence."

Her fear had now vanished, and she was angry. She carefully noted the man's slight figure, and threadbare clothes. But his face was what attracted her most of all. It was somewhat chubby, and when the mouth was expanded by the almost incessant smile the cheeks were wrinkled like corrugated iron... Continue reading book >>




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