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The Ranchman   By: (1875-1942)

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[Illustration: CARRINGTON LAUGHED JEERINGLY. (Page 268)]

THE RANCHMAN

BY CHARLES ALDEN SELTZER

AUTHOR OF THE BOSS OF THE LAZY Y, FIREBRAND TREVISON, THE RANGE BOSS, ETC.

FRONTISPIECE BY P. V. E. IVORY NEW YORK GROSSET & DUNLAP PUBLISHERS

Made in the United States of America

Copyright A. C. McClurg & Co. 1919

Published September, 1919

Copyrighted in Great Britain

CHAPTER PAGE I Concerning Dawes 1 II Slick Duds 14 III The Serpent Trail 20 IV The Hold Up 26 V The Unexpected 36 VI A Man Makes Plans 51 VII The Shadow of the Past 59 VIII Concerning "Squint" 66 IX A Man Lies 75 X The Frame Up 86 XI "No Fun Fooling Her" 91 XII Lifting the Mask 106 XIII The Shadow of Trouble 113 XIV The Face of a Fighter 128 XV Gloom and Plans 142 XVI A Man Becomes a Brute 153 XVII The Wrong Ankle 172 XVIII The Beast Again 186 XIX The Ambush 193 XX A Fight to a Finish 200 XXI A Man Faces Death 212 XXII Looking for Trouble 218 XXIII A World Old Longing 225 XXIV A Death Warrant 232 XXV Keats Looks for "Squint" 238 XXVI Keats Finds "Squint" 245 XXVII Besieged 254 XXXIII The Fugitive 259 XXIX The Captive 264 XXX Parsons Has Human Instincts 270 XXXI A Rescue 277 XXXII Taylor Becomes Riled 284 XXXIII Retribution 290 XXXIV The Will of the Mob 304 XXXV Triumph at Last 315

THE RANCHMAN

CHAPTER I—CONCERNING DAWES

The air in the Pullman was hot and, despite the mechanical contrivances built into the coach to prevent such a contingency, the dust from the right of way persisted in filtering through crevices.

Even the electric fans futilely combated the heat; their droning hum bespoke terrific revolutions which did not materially lessen the discomfort of the occupants of the coach; and the dry, dead dust of the desert, the glare of a white hot sun, the continuing panorama of waste land, rolling past the car windows, afforded not one cool vista to assuage the torture of travel.

For hours after leaving Kansas City, several of the passengers had diligently gazed out of the windows. But when they had passed the vast grass plains and had entered the desert, where their eyes met nothing but endless stretches of feathery alkali dust, beds of dead lava, and clumps of cacti with thorny spire and spatula blade defiantly upthrust as though in mockery of all life—the passengers drew the shades and settled down in their seats to endure the discomfort of it all.

A blasé tourist forward reclined in one seat and rested his legs on another. From under the peak of a cap pulled well down over his eyes he smiled cynically at his fellow passengers, noting the various manifestations of their discomfort. The tourist was a transcontinental traveler of note and he had few expectations... Continue reading book >>




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