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The Rustler of Wind River   By: (1871-1966)

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[Illustration: "Ride Low They're Coming!"]

THE RUSTLER OF WIND RIVER

By G. W. OGDEN

WITH FRONTISPIECE

By FRANK E. SCHOONOVER

A. L. BURT COMPANY

Publishers New York

Published by Arrangement with A. C. McClurg & Company

Copyright

A. C. McClurg & Co.

1917

Published March, 1917

CONTENTS

CHAPTER PAGE I Strange Bargainings 1 II Beef Day 11 III The Ranchhouse by the River 28 IV The Man in the Plaid 41 V If He was a Gentleman 55 VI A Bold Civilian 66 VII Throwing the Scare 81 VIII Afoot and Alone 89 IX Business, not Company 102 X "Hell's a goin' to Pop" 119 XI The SeƱor Boss Comes Riding 131 XII "The Rustlers!" 147 XIII The Trail at Dawn 160 XIV When Friends Part 182 XV One Road 196 XVI Danger and Dignity 215 XVII Boots and Saddles 227 XVIII The Trail of the Coffee 240 XIX "I Beat Him to It" 252 XX Love and Death 268 XXI The Man in the Door 280 XXII Paid 298 XXIII Tears in the Night 303 XXIV Banjo Faces Into the West 312 XXV "Hasta Luego" 322

THE RUSTLER OF WIND RIVER

CHAPTER I

STRANGE BARGAININGS

When a man came down out of the mountains looking dusty and gaunt as the stranger did, there was no marvel in the matter of his eating five cans of cove oysters. The one unaccountable thing about it was that Saul Chadron, president of the Drovers' Association, should sit there at the table and urge the lank, lean starveling to go his limit.

Usually Saul Chadron was a man who picked his companions, and was a particular hand at the choosing. He could afford to do that, being of the earth's exalted in the Northwest, where people came to him and put down their tribute at his feet.

This stranger, whom Chadron treated like a long wandering friend, had come down the mountain trail that morning, and had been hanging about the hotel all day. Buck Snellin, the proprietor duly licensed for a matter of thirty years past by the United States government to conduct his hostelry in the corner of the Indian reservation, up against the door of the army post did not know him. That threw him among strangers in that land, indeed, for Buck knew everybody within a hundred miles on every side.

The stranger was a tall, smoky man, hollow faced, grim; adorned with a large brown mustache which drooped over his thin mouth; a bony man with sharp shoulders, and a stoop which began in the region of the stomach, as if induced by drawing in upon himself in times of poignant hunger, which he must have felt frequently in his day to wear him down to that state of bones; with the under lid of his left eye caught at a point and drawn down until it showed red, as if held by a fishhook to drain it of unimaginable tears.

There was a furtive look in his restless, wild animal eyes, smoky like the rest of him, and a surliness about his long, high ridged nose which came down over his mustache like a beak... Continue reading book >>




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