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The Land of Strong Men   By: (1872-1960)

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AUTHOR OF "Precious Waters" and "The Boss of Wind River"


New York THE H. K. FLY COMPANY Publishers

Copyright, 1919, by THE H. K. FLY COMPANY

[Illustration: Before the heavy snows these bunches were rounded up and driven to the ranch. ]


I Lost and Found

II A Death Bed

III Angus Asserts Himself

IV Judge Riley Drunk and Sober

V Angus in Love and War

VI Gain and Loss

VII The Frenches Again

VIII Old Sam Paul Makes a Proposition

IX Dorgan

X Before the Race

XI A Hold up

XII The Race

XIII Mainly About Chetwood

XIV A Fight with a Grizzly

XV Faith Winton Turns Up

XVI A Talk with Judge Riley

XVII A Crisis

XVIII Christmas at the Frenches

XIX Introducing Mrs. Foley

XX An Enemy at Work

XXI Watching

XXII Brother to Brother

XXIII Faiths's Farm

XXIV A Demand and Answer

XXV Cross Currents

XXVI Conspiracy

XXVII While Shelling Peas

XXVIII Mrs. Foley on Marriage

XXIX Sudden Death

XXX Strangers Ask Questions

XXXI The Auction

XXXII Chetwood Unmasked

XXXIII Another Surprise

XXXIV A New Complication

XXXV Braden Misses Some Papers

XXXVI Turkey Plays a Hand

XXXVII Duplicate Deeds

XXXVIII Garland Plays a Hand

XXXIX The Turning of the Screw

XL Signs and Omens

XLI Terror

XLII Outlaws!

XLIII Taking the Trail

XLIV The Red Avenger

XLV The Great Show Down

XLVI Strong Men



Before the heavy snows these bunches were rounded up and driven to the ranch

He turned the corner, and came full upon a huge, old man grizzly

Angus swung his arm against it, and it roared in his ear

To Faith these trips were a novelty, opening a world new and wonderful

The Land of Strong Men



It was light, but not yet day. The shadows of the night seemed to linger, to retreat with reluctance; and as they were beaten back by the sun, still far below the eastern curve of the earth and further blockaded by giant mountain ranges also to the eastward, the clinging, gray morning mists of early Fall came to replace them. In the pallid light, a swim with vapor, objects loomed gigantic and grotesque.

The house which stood among the mists was of squared timbers, mortised and fitted. It was unpainted, and the interstices were neatly filled with plaster. The main part was two stories in height, but back of this and joined to it was another log building, long and low. Evidently this had been the original dwelling, to which the more pretentious structure had been added. From one window of this rear building a light glimmered.

The house was surrounded and in summer would be shaded by trees, cottonwoods and soft maples; but these had shed most of their leaves and the ground was yellowed with them. Close beside the house ran an irrigation ditch in which clear mountain water purred and gurgled softly. To the south loomed the roofs of stables, sheds, high corrals and stacks of hay and straw. Beyond these were cleared, level fields. To the northward, protected to some extent by the buildings and trees, was a small orchard in neat rows.

Now, the light in the rear window went out, and a moment later a door opened and a boy emerged. He was apparently about eighteen, but unusually tall and long of limb. At a casual glance he seemed to run to legs and arms, but a second look would have shown that his chest was broad and deep, and that his apparent ungainliness was due to age merely. His face, naturally dark, was tanned to the color of an old saddle. The cheekbones were high, the nose prominent, the mouth straight and the boyish jaw firm. The eyes were dark, steady and sombre, shaded by black eyebrows which slashed straight across the face, meeting above the nose... Continue reading book >>

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