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The Orphan   By: (1883-1956)

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THE ORPHAN

[Illustration: "She unfastened the gold breast pin which she wore at her throat and pinned the bandage into place." ( See page 95. )]

THE ORPHAN

By Clarence E. Mulford

Author of "Bar 20"

With Four Illustrations in Colors

By ALLEN TRUE

A. L. BURT COMPANY

PUBLISHERS NEW YORK

Copyright, 1908, by

THE OUTING PUBLISHING COMPANY

Entered at Stationer's Hall, London, England

All Rights Reserved

THE ORPHAN

AFFECTIONATELY DEDICATED TO

MY MOTHER

CONTENTS

I THE SHERIFF RIDES TO WAR 3 II CONCERNING AN ARROW 14 III THE SHERIFF FINDS THE ORPHAN 33 IV THE SECOND OFFENSE 45 V BILL JUSTIFIES HIS CREATION 60 VI THE ORPHAN OBEYS AN IMPULSE 80 VII THE OUTFIT HUNTS FOR STRAYS 104 VIII "A TIMBER WOLF IN HIS OWN COUNTRY" 125 IX THE CROSS BAR 8 LOSES SLEEP 131 X THE ORPHAN PAYS TWO CALLS 147 XI A VOICE FROM THE GALLERY 173 XII A NEW DEAL ALL AROUND 193 XIII THE STAR C GIVES WELCOME 210 XIV THE SHERIFF STATES SOME FACTS 240 XV AN UNDERSTANDING 266 XVI THE FLYING MARE 284 XVII THE FEAST 299 XVIII PREPARATION 325 XIX THE ORPHAN GOES TO THE A Y 340 XX BILL ATTENDS THE PICNIC 352 XXI THE ANNOUNCEMENT 368 XXII TEX WILLIARD'S MISTAKE 375 XXIII THE GREAT HAPPINESS 392

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"She unfastened the gold breast pin which she wore at her throat and pinned the bandage into place" Frontispiece "'The less you count the longer you'll live!' said Shields" 192 The Orphan gives Blake Shields' note 214 "The Orphan stepped back a pace and dropped the Colt into its holster" 390

THE ORPHAN

CHAPTER I

THE SHERIFF RIDES TO WAR

Many men swore that The Orphan was bad, and many swore profanely and with wonderful command of epithets because he was bad, but for obvious reasons that was as far as the majority went to show their displeasure. Those of the minority who had gone farther and who had shown their hatred by rash actions only proved their foolishness; for they had indeed gone far and would return no more.

Tradition had it that The Orphan was a mongrel, a half breed, asserting that his mother had been a Sioux with negro blood in her veins. It also asserted that his father had been nominated and unanimously elected, by a posse, to an elevated position under a tree; and further, that The Orphan himself had been born during a cloudburst at midnight on the thirteenth of the month. The latter was from the Mexicans, who found great delight in making such terrifying combinations of ill luck.

But tradition was strongly questioned as to his mother, for how could the son of such a mother be possessed of the dare devil courage and grit which had made his name a synonym of terror? This contention was well stated and is borne out, for it can be authoritatively said that the mother of The Orphan was white, and had neither Indian nor negro blood in her veins, but on the contrary came from a family of gentlefolk. Thus I start aright by refuting slander. The Orphan was white, his profanity blue, and his anger red, and having started aright, I will continue with the events which led to the discovery of his innate better qualities and their final ascendency over the savagely hard nature which circumstances had bred in him... Continue reading book >>




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