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Prairie Flowers   By: (1880-1963)

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PRAIRIE FLOWERS

by

JAMES B. HENDRYX

Author of "The Gun Brand," "The Promise," "The Texan," "The Gold Girl," etc.

A. L. Burt Company Publishers New York Published by arrangement with G. P. Putnam's Sons

Copyright, 1920 by James B. Hendryx

Made in the United States of America

BY JAMES B. HENDRYX

The Promise The Gun Brand The Texan The Gold Girl Prairie Flowers Snowdrift Connie Morgan in Alaska Connie Morgan with the Mounted Connie Morgan in the Lumber Camps Connie Morgan in the Fur Country

This edition is issued under arrangement with the publishers G. P. PUTNAM'S SONS, NEW YORK AND LONDON The Knickerbocker Press, New York

CONTENTS

CHAPTER PAGE

A PROLOGUE 1

I. AN ANNIVERSARY 9

II. KANGAROO COURT 18

III. THE STAGE ARRIVES 29

IV. Y BAR COLSTON TALKS 38

V. ALICE TAKES A RIDE 50

VI. AT THE RED FRONT 60

VII. THE TEXAN "COMES A SHOOTIN'" 68

VIII. THE ESCAPE 81

IX. ON THE RIVER 93

X. JANET MCWHORTER 107

XI. AT THE MOUTH OF THE COULEE 120

XII. IN TIMBER CITY 130

XIII. A MAN ALL BAD 143

XIV. THE INSURGENT 156

XV. PURDY MAKES A RIDE 163

XVI. BIRDS OF A FEATHER 171

XVII. IN THE SCRUB 182

XVIII. THE TEXAN TAKES THE TRAIL 188

XIX. AT MCWHORTER'S RANCH 197

XX. AT CINNABAR JOE'S 209

XXI. THE PASSING OF LONG BILL KEARNEY 219

XXII. CASS GRIMSHAW HORSE THIEF 229

XXIII. CINNABAR JOE TELLS A STORY 239

XXIV. "ALL FRIENDS TOGETHER" 253

XXV. JANET PAYS A CALL 267

XXVI. THE OTHER WOMAN 276

XXVII. SOME SHOOTING 288

XXVIII. BACK ON RED SAND 304

AN EPILOGUE 314

Prairie Flowers

A PROLOGUE

The grey roadster purred up the driveway, and Alice Endicott thrust the "home edition" aside and hurried out onto the porch to greet her husband as he stepped around from the garage.

"Did the deal go through?" she asked, as her eyes eagerly sought the eyes of the man who ascended the steps.

"Yes, dear," laughed Endicott, "the deal went through. You see before you a gentleman of elegant leisure foot loose, and unfettered free to roam where the gods will."

"Or will not," laughed his wife, giving him a playful hug. "But, oh, Win, aren't you glad! Isn't it just grand to feel that you don't have to go to the horrible, smoky old city every morning? And don't the soft air, and the young leaves, and the green grass, and the nesting birds make you crazy to get out into the big open places? To get into a saddle and just ride, and ride, and ride? Remember how the sun looked as it rose like a great ball of fire beyond the miles and miles of open bench?"

Endicott grinned: "And how it beat down on us along about noon until we could fairly feel ourselves shrivel "

"And how it sank to rest behind the mountains. And the long twilight glow. And how the stars came out one by one. And the night came deliciously cool and how good the blankets felt."

The man's glance rested upon the close cropped lawn where the grackles and robins were industriously picking up their evening meal. "You love the country out there you must love it, to remember only the sunrises, and the sunsets, and the stars; and forget the torture of long hours in the saddle and that terrific downpour of rain that burst the reservoir and so nearly cost us our lives, and the dust storm in the bad lands, and that night of horrible thirst... Continue reading book >>




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