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The Rider of Golden Bar by William Patterson White

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[Frontispiece: The girl seized his stirrup to save herself from falling. FRONTISPIECE. See page 55.]

THE RIDER OF GOLDEN BAR

BY

WILLIAM PATTERSON WHITE

WITH FRONTISPIECE BY

REMINGTON SCHUYLER

TORONTO

THE RYERSON PRESS

1922

Copyright, 1922,

BY LITTLE, BROWN, AND COMPANY.

All rights reserved

Published January, 1922

PRINTED IN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

TO

MY POINT O' WOODS COUSINS

LAURA, CHARLOTTE, JULIA, AND DOROTHY

By William Patterson White

THE OWNER OF THE LAZY D LYNCH LAWYERS HIDDEN TRAILS PARADISE BEND THE HEART OF THE RANGE THE RIDER OF GOLDEN BAR

CONTENTS

CHAPTER

I BILLY WINGO II A SAFE MAN III WHAT SALLY JANE THOUGHT IV HAZEL WALTON V JACK MURRAY OBJECTS VI CROSS PURPOSES VII RAFE'S IDEA VIII THE NEW BROOM IX THE DISTRICT ATTORNEY X A SHORT HORSE XI THE TRAPPERS XII THE TRAP XIII OPEN AND SHUT XIV WHEN THIEVES FALL OUT XV THE BEST LAID PLANS XVI OBSCURING THE ISSUE XVII WHAT HAZEL THOUGHT XVIII THE BARE HEADED MAN XIX THE PERSISTENT SUITOR XX A DISCOVERY XXI THE DISTRICT ATTORNEY'S NIGHTMARE XXII THE HUNCH XXIII THE GUNFIGHTERS XXIV CONTRARIETIES XXV JONESY'S ULTIMATUM XXVI THE FOOL KILLER XXVII THE LONG DAY CLOSES

THE RIDER OF GOLDEN BAR

CHAPTER ONE

BILLY WINGO

"But why don't you do something, Bill?" demanded Sam Prescott's pretty daughter.

Bill Wingo looked at Miss Prescott in injured astonishment. "Do something?" he repeated. "What do you want me to do?"

"I don't want you to do anything," she denied with unnecessary emphasis. "Haven't you any ambition?"

"Plenty."

"Then use it, for Heaven's sake!"

"I do. Don't I ask you to marry me every time I get a chance?"

"That's not using your ambition. That's playing the fool."

"Nice opinion of yourself you've got," he grinned.

"Never mind. You make me tired, Bill. Here you've got a little claim and a little bunch of cows the makings of a ranch if you'd only work. But instead of working like a man you loaf like a like a "

"Like a loafer," he prompted.

"Exactly. You'd rather hunt and fish and ride the range for monthly wages when you're broke than scratch gravel and make something of yourself. You let your cows run with the T Up And Down, and I'll bet when Tuckleton had his spring round up you weren't even on the job. Were you?"

"Well, I uh I was busy," shamefacedly.

"Fishing over on Jack's Creek. That's how busy you were, when you should have been looking after your property."

"Oh, Tuckleton's boys are square. Any calves they found running with my brand, they'd run the iron on 'em all right."

"They'd run the iron on 'em all right," she repeated. "But what iron?"

"Why mine. Whose do you suppose?"

"I don't know," she said candidly. "I'm asking you."

"Shucks, Sally Jane, those boys wouldn't do anything crooked. Tuckleton wouldn't allow it."

"Bill, don't you ever distrust anybody?"

"Not until I'm certain they're crooked."

"I see," said the lady disgustedly. "After you wake up and find your hide, together with the rest of your worldly possessions, hanging on the fence, then and not till then do you come alive to the fact that perhaps all was not right."

"Well " began Bill.

"Don't you see by that time it's too late?" interrupted the lady.

"Aw, I dunno. I I suppose so."

"You suppose so, do you? You suppose so. Don't you know, my innocent William, that there are a sight more criminals outside of jail than there are in?"

"Why, Sally Jane!" said the innocent William, scraping a fie fie forefinger at her. "Shame on you, shame on you, you wicked girl. I am surprised. Such thoughts in a young maid's mind. No, I ain't either. I always said if your pa sent you away to school you'd lose your faith in human nature. He did; and you did. And now look at you, talking just like a district attorney. And suspicious I'd tell a man!"

"Oh, darn!" wailed Sally Jane... Continue reading book >>




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