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Still Jim   By: (1880-1940)

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STILL JIM

[Illustration: "AND THE FLAG FLUTTERED LIGHTLY BEHIND THEM AND THE DESERT WHISPERED ABOVE THEIR HEADS." Page 369 ]

STILL JIM

By HONORÉ WILLSIE

AUTHOR OF "The Heart of the Desert," Etc.

A. L. BURT COMPANY PUBLISHERS · NEW YORK

PUBLISHED BY ARRANGEMENT WITH FREDERICK A. STOKES COMPANY

Copyright, 1915, by FREDERICK A. STOKES COMPANY

Copyright, 1914, 1915, by THE RIDGWAY COMPANY

All rights reserved, including that of translation into foreign languages

Printed in the United States of America

CONTENTS

CHAPTER PAGE

I. QUARRY 1

II. THE OLD SWIMMING HOLE 14

III. THE BROWNSTONE FRONT 27

IV. JIM FINDS SARA AND PEN 38

V. THE SIGN AND SEAL 52

VI. THE MARATHON 65

VII. THE CUB ENGINEER 75

VIII. THE BROKEN SEAL 93

IX. THE MAKON ROAD 103

X. THE STRENGTH OF THE PACK 118

XI. OLD JEZEBEL ON THE RAMPAGE 133

XII. THE TENT HOUSE 147

XIII. THE END OF IRON SKULL'S ROAD 158

XIV. THE ELEPHANT'S BACK 173

XV. THE HEART OF A DESERT WIFE 181

XVI. THE ELEPHANT'S LOVE STORY 196

XVII. TOO LATE FOR LOVE 210

XVIII. JIM MAKES A SPEECH 224

XIX. THE MASK BALL 235

XX. THE DAY'S WORK 249

XXI. JIM GETS A BLOW 267

XXII. JIM PLANS A LAST FIGHT 277

XXIII. THE SILENT CAMPAIGN 294

XXIV. UNCLE DENNY GETS BUSY 308

XXV. SARA GOES ON A JOURNEY 326

XXVI. THE END OF A SILENT CAMPAIGN 338

XXVII. THE THUMB PRINT 353

STILL JIM

CHAPTER I

THE QUARRY

"An Elephant of Rock, I have lain here in the desert for countless ages, watching, waiting. I wonder for what!"

MUSINGS OF THE ELEPHANT.

Little Jim sat at the quarry edge and dangled his legs over the derrick pit. The derrick was out of commission because once more the lift cable had parted. Big Jim Manning, Little Jim's father, was down in the pit with Tomasso, his Italian helper, disentangling the cables, working silently, efficiently, as was his custom.

Little Jim bit his fingers and watched and scowled in a worried way. He and his mother hated to have Big Jim work in the quarry. It seemed to them that Big Jim was too good for such work. Little Jim wanted to leave school and be a water boy and his father's helper. Big Jim never seemed to hear the boy's request and Little Jim kept on at school.

The noon whistle blew just as the cable was once more in running order. Little Jim slid down into the pit with his father's dinner bucket and sat by while his father ate.

Big Jim Manning was big only in height. He was six feet tall, but lean. He was sallow and given to long silences that he broke with a slow, sarcastic drawl that Little Jim had inherited. Big Jim was forty five years old. Little Jim was fourteen; tall and lean, like his father, his face a composite of father and mother. His eyes were large and a clear gray... Continue reading book >>




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