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Treasure and Trouble Therewith A Tale of California   By: (1870-1930)

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TREASURE and TROUBLE THEREWITH

A TALE OF CALIFORNIA

BY GERALDINE BONNER

1917

I DEDICATE THIS BOOK TO THE MEMORY OF MY FATHER

JOHN BONNER

WHO, HIMSELF A WRITER, TRAINED ME IN THE WORK HE LOVED. WHAT MERIT THE READER MAY FIND IN THESE PAGES IS THE RESULT OF THAT TRAINING, UNDERTAKEN WITH A FATHER'S PRIDE, CARRIED ON WITH A FATHER'S BELIEF AND ENCOURAGEMENT.

GERALDINE BONNER

CONTENTS

I. HANDS UP

II. THE TULES

III. MARQUIS DE LAFAYETTE

IV. THE DERELICT

V. THE MARKED PARAGRAPH

VI. PANCHA

VII. THE PICAROON

VIII. THOSE GIRLS OF GEORGE'S

IX. GREEK MEETS GREEK

X. MICHAELS THE MINER

XI. THE SOLID GOLD NUGGET

XII. A KISS

XIII. FOOLS IN THEIR FOLLY

XIV. THE NIGHT RIDER

XV. THE LAST DINNER

XVI. THROUGH A GLASS DARKLY

XVII. THE WOLF IN SHEEP'S CLOTHING

XVIII. OUTLAWED

XIX. HALF TRUTHS AND INFERENCES

XX. MARK PAYS A CALL

XXI. A WOMAN SCORNED

XXII. THEREBY HANGS A TALE

XXIII. THE CHINESE CHAIN

XXIV. LOVERS AND LADIES

XXV. WHAT JIM SAW

XXVI. PANCHA WRITES A LETTER

XXVII. BAD NEWS

XXVIII. CHRYSTIE SEES THE DAWN

XXIX. LORRY SEES THE DAWN

XXX. MARK SEES THE DAWN

XXXI. REVELATION

XXXII. THE VOICE IN THE NIGHT

XXXIII. THE MORNING THAT CAME

XXXIV. LOST

XXXV. THE UNKNOWN WOMAN

XXXVI. THE SEARCH

XXXVII. HAIL AND FAREWELL

LIST OF ILLUSTRATIONS

He ... heard the feller at the wheel say, "Hands up!" Frontispiece

"Oh, silly, unbelieving child!" came his voice

As it came it sent up a hoarse cry for food

The ghost of a smile touched her lips

TREASURE and TROUBLE THEREWITH

CHAPTER I

HANDS UP

The time was late August some eleven years ago. The place that part of central California where, on one side, the plain unrolls in golden levels, and on the other swells upward toward the rounded undulations of the foothills.

It was very hot; the sky a fathomless blue vault, the land dreaming in the afternoon glare, its brightness blurred here and there by shimmering heat veils. Checkered by green and yellow patches, dotted with the black domes of oaks, it brooded sleepily, showing few signs of life. At long intervals ranch houses rose above embowering foliage, a green core in the midst of fields where the brown earth was striped with lines of fruit trees or hidden under carpets of alfalfa. To the west the foothills rose in indolent curves, tan colored, as if clothed with a leathern hide. Their hollows were filled with the darkness of trees huddled about hidden streams, ribbons of verdure that wound from the mountains to the plain. Farther still, vision faint, remote and immaculate, the white peaks of the Sierra hung, a painting on the drop curtain of the sky.

Across the landscape a parent stem of road wound, branches breaking from it and meandering thread small to ranch and village. It was white dusted here, but later would turn red and crawl upward under the resinous dimness of pine woods to where the mining camps clung on the lower wall of the Sierra. Already it had left behind the region of farms in neighborly proximity and the little towns that were threaded along it like beads upon a string. Watching its eastward course, one would have noticed that after it crested the first rise it ran free of habitation for miles.

Along its empty length a dust cloud moved, a tarnishing spot on the afternoon's hard brightness. This spot was the one point of energy in the universal torpor. From it came the rhythmic beat of flying hoofs and the jingle of harness. It was the Rocky Bar stage, up from Shilo through Plymouth, across the Mother Lode and then in a steep, straining grade on to Antelope and Rocky Bar, camps nestling in the mountain gorges... Continue reading book >>




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