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The Trail to Yesterday   By: (1875-1942)

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THE TRAIL TO YESTERDAY

[Illustration: "IF YOU WANT THE PARSON TO DIE, DON'T LOOK AT ME WHEN HE STEPS IN."]

THE TRAIL TO YESTERDAY

By Charles Alden Seltzer

Author of "The Two Gun Man," "The Coming of the Law," Etc.

With Three Illustrations

A. L. BURT COMPANY PUBLISHERS NEW YORK

Copyright, 1913, by OUTING PUBLISHING COMPANY

All rights reserved

CONTENTS

CHAPTER PAGE I. A Woman on the Trail 11 II. The Dim Trail 40 III. Converging Trails 53 IV. This Picture and That 72 V. Dakota Evens a Score 88 VI. Kindred Spirits 111 VII. Bogged Down 121 VIII. Sheila Fans a Flame 146 IX. Strictly Business 163 X. Duncan Adds Two and Two 196 XI. A Parting and a Visit 215 XII. A Meeting on the River Trail 233 XIII. The Shot in the Back 254 XIV. Langford Lays Off the Mask 275 XV. The Parting on the River Trail 303 XVI. Sheriff Allen Takes a Hand 310 XVII. Doubler Talks 323 XVIII. For Dakota 336 XIX. Some Memories 344 XX. Into the Unknown 359

ILLUSTRATIONS

"If you want the parson to die, don't look at me when he steps in." Frontispiece

"Won't you please get us out of this?" 134

Duncan grasped for his pistol, but the hand holding it was stamped violently into the earth. 161

THE TRAIL TO YESTERDAY

CHAPTER I

A WOMAN ON THE TRAIL

Many disquieting thoughts oppressed Miss Sheila Langford as she halted her pony on the crest of a slight rise and swept the desolate and slumberous world with an anxious glance. Quite the most appalling of these thoughts developed from a realization of the fact that she had lost the trail. The whole categorical array of inconveniences incidental to traveling in a new, unsettled country paled into insignificance when she considered this horrifying and entirely unromantic fact. She was lost; she had strayed from the trail, she was alone and night was coming.

She would not have cared so much about the darkness, for she had never been a coward, and had conditions been normal she would have asked nothing better than a rapid gallop over the dim plains. But as she drew her pony up on the crest of the rise a rumble of thunder reached her ears. Of course it would rain, now that she had lost the trail, she decided, yielding to a sudden, bitter anger. It usually did rain when one was abroad without prospect of shelter; it always rained when one was lost.

Well, there was no help for it, of course, and she had only herself to blame for the blunder. For the other not unusual irritating details that had combined to place her in this awkward position she could blame, first Duncan, the manager of the Double R who should have sent someone to meet her at the station; the station agent who had allowed her to set forth in search of the Double R without a guide, though even now, considering this phase of the situation, she remembered that the agent had told her there was no one to send and certainly the desolate appearance of Lazette had borne out this statement; and last, she could blame the country itself for being an unfeatured wilderness.

Something might be said in extenuation of the station agent's and the Double R manager's sins of omission, but without doubt the country was what she had termed it an unfeatured wilderness. Her first sensation upon getting a view of the country had been one of deep disappointment. There was plenty of it, she had decided, enough to make one shrink from its very bigness; yet because it was different from the land she had been accustomed to she felt that somehow it was inferior... Continue reading book >>




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