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The Shooting of Dan McGrew, A Novel Based on the Famous Poem of Robert Service   By: (1867-)

The Shooting of Dan McGrew, A Novel Based on the Famous Poem of Robert Service by Marvin Hill Dana

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THE SHOOTING OF DAN McGREW

A Novel

BY MARVIN DANA

Author of WITHIN THE LAW, etc.

BASED ON THE FAMOUS POEM OF ROBERT W. SERVICE

PROFUSELY ILLUSTRATED WITH SCENES FROM THE PHOTO PLAY

NEW YORK GROSSET & DUNLAP PUBLISHERS

Copyright, 1915, by BARSE & HOPKINS

THE ILLUSTRATIONS SHOWN IN THIS EDITION ARE REPRODUCTIONS OF SCENES FROM THE PHOTO PLAY OF "THE SHOOTING OF DAN MCGREW" SCENARIO BY AARON HOFFMAN PRODUCED AND COPYRIGHTED BY THE POPULAR PLAYS AND PLAYERS CO. INC., TO WHOM THE PUBLISHERS DESIRE TO EXPRESS THEIR THANKS AND APPRECIATION FOR PERMISSION TO USE THE PICTURES.

[Illustration: EDMUND BREESE AND COMPANY IN "THE SHOOTING OF DAN McGREW."]

THE SHOOTING OF DAN McGREW

Produced by THE POPULAR PLAYS AND PLAYERS, Inc.

Scenario by AARON HOFFMAN

CAST OF CHARACTERS

Jim EDMUND BREESE Dan McGrew WILLIAM MORSE Lou KATHRIN ADAMS Nell BETTY RIGGS Jack Reeves WALLACE SCOTT Sam Ward JAMES JOHNSON The Sheriff JACK AUSTEN Fingie Whalen JACK MURRAY Caribou Bill BILL COOPER Harry, the Dog Man HIMSELF

THE SHOOTING OF DAN McGREW

CHAPTER I

A clatter of hoofs on the gravel of the driveway. A shout from the rider as he swung himself down from the saddle:

"Lou!"

A woman came swiftly from the cool shadows of the porch into the brilliance of the summer sunlight, to meet the man who now advanced toward her with fond, smiling eagerness.

The two kissed very tenderly, for they were lovers still, after seven years of married life. The delicate rose of the wife's cheeks deepened a little under the warmth of the husband's caress, and the graciously curving lips trembled to a smile of happiness as she looked up into the strong face of the man she loved. In the slightly rugged features, she read virility and honesty and loyalty. An exquisite contentment pervaded her. She felt that the cup of joy was brimming. Husband and child and home !

Her train of thought was broken by the man's words, spoken quickly in a tone that mingled curiously amusement and chagrin:

"Dangerous Dan! He's coming, Lou! He's buried the hatchet, and is coming to visit us. Dangerous Dan McGrew! Now, what do you think of that?" He waited for an answer, staring quizzically into the suddenly perturbed face of his wife.

"My rival!" he added whimsically, albeit a bit complacently.

"Never!" the wife declared with emphasis. A note of harshness had crept into the music of her voice. "Never your rival, Jim, though he tried to be." The earnestness of utterance gratified the man, in whom a vague, latent jealousy stirred at thought of that other who had loved where he loved. But there was no gratification in the new mood of the woman. Instead, a subtle dread touched her spirit. The contentment of a moment before was fled. There was nothing precise, nothing formulated, in her thoughts. Only, something sinister, menacing, pressed upon her. She welcomed the distraction afforded by her daughter's appearance on the scene.

The girl came running from the gardens behind the ranch house and sprang into her father's arms with a cry of delight.

To her six years, his frequent rides to the village ten miles away were in the nature of great events, and she welcomed each return as if from long and perilous voyaging. Moreover, there was always an added thrill for Nell in her father's home coming, because of the mysterious charm in the gift that never failed. To day, indeed, the present was destined to mark her life; even to be of vital import in a crisis of distant years.

No hint of the gravity of things to be shadowed the radiant joy of the child's face, as she was lifted in the man's arms and kissed... Continue reading book >>




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