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Starr, Of The Desert - Chapter 20. Starr Discovers Things Starr, Of The Desert - Chapter 20. Starr Discovers Things

Starr, Of The Desert - Chapter 20. Starr Discovers Things
CHAPTER TWENTY. STARR DISCOVERS THINGS Starr was sitting on the side of his bed with one boot off and dangling in his hand, and with his thoughts gone journeying out over the mesa and the desert and the granite ridge beyond, to a squatty, two-room adobe shack at the head of Sunlight Basin. During the days he had been too fully occupied with the work he had to do to dwell much on the miserable fact of Helen May's duplicity, her guilt of the crime of treason against her native country. But at night the thought of her haunted him like... Long Stories - Post by : Allnewe - Date : May 2012 - Author : B. M. Bower - Read : 2808

Starr, Of The Desert - Chapter 19. Holman Sommers Turns Prophet Starr, Of The Desert - Chapter 19. Holman Sommers Turns Prophet

Starr, Of The Desert - Chapter 19. Holman Sommers Turns Prophet
CHAPTER NINETEEN. HOLMAN SOMMERS TURNS PROPHET Holman Sommers, clad outwardly in old wool trousers of a dingy gray, a faded brown smoking jacket that had shrunk in many washings until it was three inches too short in the sleeves, and old brown slippers, sat tilted back in a kitchen chair against the wall of his house and smoked a beautifully colored meerschaum with solid gold bands and a fine amber mouthpiece, while he conferred comfortably with one Elfigo Apodaca. There was no quizzical twinkle in the eyes of Holman Sommers, vividly alive though they were always. With his low slipper heels... Long Stories - Post by : Allnewe - Date : May 2012 - Author : B. M. Bower - Read : 1983

Starr, Of The Desert - Chapter 18. A Page Of Writing Starr, Of The Desert - Chapter 18. A Page Of Writing

Starr, Of The Desert - Chapter 18. A Page Of Writing
CHAPTER EIGHTEEN. A PAGE OF WRITING Wind came with the sun and went shrieking across the high levels, taking with it clouds of sand and bouncing tumbleweeds that rolled and lodged for a minute against some rock or bush and then went whirling on again in a fresh gust. Starr had not ridden two miles before his face began to feel the sting of gravel in the sand clouds. His eyes, already aching with a day's hard usage and a night of no sleep, smarted with the impact of the wind. He fumbled at the band of his big, Texas hat... Long Stories - Post by : Allnewe - Date : May 2012 - Author : B. M. Bower - Read : 2608

Starr, Of The Desert - Chapter 17. 'Is He Then Dead--My Son?' Starr, Of The Desert - Chapter 17. "Is He Then Dead--My Son?"

Starr, Of The Desert - Chapter 17. 'Is He Then Dead--My Son?'
CHAPTER SEVENTEEN. "IS HE THEN DEAD--MY SON?" Starr hurried down the bluff, slipping, sliding, running where the way was clear of rocks. So presently he came to the stone wall, vaulted over it, and stopped beside the tragic little group dimly outlined in the house yard just off the porch. "My son--my son!" the old woman was wailing, on her knees beside a long, inert figure lying on its back on the hard-packed earth. Back of her the peona hovered, hysterical, useless. Luis, half dressed and a good deal dazed yet from sleep and the suddenness of his waking, knelt beside... Long Stories - Post by : Allnewe - Date : May 2012 - Author : B. M. Bower - Read : 1934

Starr, Of The Desert - Chapter 16. Starr Sees Too Little Or Too Much Starr, Of The Desert - Chapter 16. Starr Sees Too Little Or Too Much

Starr, Of The Desert - Chapter 16. Starr Sees Too Little Or Too Much
CHAPTER SIXTEEN. STARR SEES TOO LITTLE OR TOO MUCH Carefully skirting the ridge where Helen May had her goats; keeping always in the gulches and never once showing himself on high ground, Starr came after a while to a point where he could look up to the pinnacle behind Sunlight Basin, from the side opposite the point where he had wriggled away behind a bush. He left Rabbit hidden in a brush-choked arroyo that meandered away to the southwest, and began cautiously to climb. Starr did not expect to come upon his man on the peak; indeed he would have been... Long Stories - Post by : Allnewe - Date : May 2012 - Author : B. M. Bower - Read : 2662

Starr, Of The Desert - Chapter 15. Helen May Understands Starr, Of The Desert - Chapter 15. Helen May Understands

Starr, Of The Desert - Chapter 15. Helen May Understands
CHAPTER FIFTEEN. HELEN MAY UNDERSTANDS Pat, lying at her feet and licking his lips contentedly after his bone and the crusts of her sandwich, raised his head suddenly and rumbled a growl somewhere deep in his chest. His upper lip lifted and showed his teeth wickedly, and the hair on the back of his neck stood out in a ruff that made him look a different dog. Helen May felt a cold shiver all up and down her spine. She had never seen Pat, nor any other dog for that matter, look like that. It was much more terrifying than that... Long Stories - Post by : Allnewe - Date : May 2012 - Author : B. M. Bower - Read : 1554

Starr, Of The Desert - Chapter 14. A Shot From The Pinnacle Starr, Of The Desert - Chapter 14. A Shot From The Pinnacle

Starr, Of The Desert - Chapter 14. A Shot From The Pinnacle
CHAPTER FOURTEEN. A SHOT FROM THE PINNACLE "Why--did some one come with you, Mr. Starr? I thought you were alone." Starr turned his head and saw Helen May standing quite close, on the other side of him. She was glancing inquiringly from him to the pinto pony, and she was smiling the least little bit, though her eyes had a shamed, self-conscious look. Starr eyed her keenly, a bit reproachfully, and she blushed. "I thought maybe you'd come around where I was," she defended herself lamely. "It--seemed cooler there--" "Yes, I noticed it was pretty cool, from the tone of your... Long Stories - Post by : Allnewe - Date : May 2012 - Author : B. M. Bower - Read : 2489

Starr, Of The Desert - Chapter 10. The Trail Of Silvertown Cords Starr, Of The Desert - Chapter 10. The Trail Of Silvertown Cords

Starr, Of The Desert - Chapter 10. The Trail Of Silvertown Cords
CHAPTER TEN. THE TRAIL OF SILVERTOWN CORDS Having wasted a couple of hours more than he intended to spend in delivering the dog, Starr called upon Rabbit to make up those two hours for him. And, being an extremely misleading little gray horse, with a surprising amount of speed and endurance stored away under his hide, Rabbit did not fall far short of doing so. Starr had planned an unexpected visit to the Medina ranch. In the guise of stock-buyer his unexpectedness would be perfectly plausible, and he would be well pleased to arrive there late, so long as he did... Long Stories - Post by : thedude - Date : May 2012 - Author : B. M. Bower - Read : 2968

Starr, Of The Desert - Chapter 9. Pat, A Nice Doggums Starr, Of The Desert - Chapter 9. Pat, A Nice Doggums

Starr, Of The Desert - Chapter 9. Pat, A Nice Doggums
CHAPTER NINE. PAT, A NICE DOGGUMS "'The human polyp incessantly builds upon a coral reef. They become lithified as it were and constitute the strata of the psychozoic stage'--I told you the butter's at the spring. Will you leave me alone? That's the third page I've spoiled over psycho-what-you-call-it. Go on back and herd your goats, and for gracious sake, can that tulip-and-rose song! I hate it." Helen May ripped a page with two carbon copies out of the machine, pulled out the carbons and crumpled three sheets of paper into a ball which she threw into a far corner. "Gee,... Long Stories - Post by : jellon - Date : May 2012 - Author : B. M. Bower - Read : 2639

Starr, Of The Desert - Chapter 8. Holman Sommeks, Scientist Starr, Of The Desert - Chapter 8. Holman Sommeks, Scientist

Starr, Of The Desert - Chapter 8. Holman Sommeks, Scientist
CHAPTER EIGHT. HOLMAN SOMMEKS, SCIENTIST Helen May, under a last year's parasol of pink silk from which the sun had drawn much of its pinkness and the wind and dust its freshness, sat beside the road with her back against the post that held the macaroni box, and waited for the stage. Her face did not need the pink light of the parasol, for it was red enough after that broiling walk of yesterday. The desert did not look so romantic by the garish light of midday, but she stared out over it and saw, as with eyes newly opened to... Long Stories - Post by : jellon - Date : May 2012 - Author : B. M. Bower - Read : 1909

Starr, Of The Desert - Chapter 7. Moonlight, A Man And A Song Starr, Of The Desert - Chapter 7. Moonlight, A Man And A Song

Starr, Of The Desert - Chapter 7. Moonlight, A Man And A Song
CHAPTER SEVEN. MOONLIGHT, A MAN AND A SONG Just out from the entrance to a deep, broad-bottomed arroyo where an automobile had been, Starr came upon something that surprised him very much, and it was not at all easy to surprise Starr. Here, in the first glory of a flaming sunset that turned the desert to a sea of unearthly, opal-tinted beauty, he came upon Helen May, trudging painfully along with an old hoe-handle for a staff, and driving nine reluctant nanny goats that alternately trotted and stood still to stare at the girl with foolish, amber-colored eyes. Starr was trained... Long Stories - Post by : jellon - Date : May 2012 - Author : B. M. Bower - Read : 3216

Starr, Of The Desert - Chapter 6. 'Darn Such A Country!' Starr, Of The Desert - Chapter 6. "Darn Such A Country!"

Starr, Of The Desert - Chapter 6. 'Darn Such A Country!'
CHAPTER SIX. "DARN SUCH A COUNTRY!" Helen May stood on the knobby, brown rock pinnacle that formed the head of Sunlight Basin and stared resentfully out over the baked desert and the forbidding hills and the occasional grassy hollows that stretched away and away to the skyline. So clear was the air that every slope, every hollow, every acarpous hilltop lay pitilessly revealed to her unfriendly eyes, until the sheer immensity of distance veiled its barrenness in a haze of tender violet. The sky was blue; deeply, intensely blue, with little clouds like flakes of bleached cotton floating aimlessly here and... Long Stories - Post by : jellon - Date : May 2012 - Author : B. M. Bower - Read : 792

Starr, Of The Desert - Chapter 5. A Grease Spot In The Sand Starr, Of The Desert - Chapter 5. A Grease Spot In The Sand

Starr, Of The Desert - Chapter 5. A Grease Spot In The Sand
CHAPTER FIVE. A GREASE SPOT IN THE SAND Starr, took his cigarette from his lips, sent an oblique glance of mental measurement towards his host, and shifted his saddle-weary person to a more comfortable position on the rawhide covered couch. He had eaten his fill of frijoles and tortillas and a chili stew hot enough to crisp the tongue. He had discussed the price of sheep and had with much dickering bought fifty dry ewes at so much on foot delivered at the nearest shipping point. He had given what news was public talk, of the great war and the supposedly... Long Stories - Post by : jellon - Date : May 2012 - Author : B. M. Bower - Read : 921

Starr, Of The Desert - Chapter 4. Starr Would Like To Know Starr, Of The Desert - Chapter 4. Starr Would Like To Know

Starr, Of The Desert - Chapter 4. Starr Would Like To Know
CHAPTER FOUR. STARR WOULD LIKE TO KNOW Properly speaking Starr did not belong to New Mexico. He was a Texas man, and, until a certain high official asked him to perform a certain mission for the Secret Service, he had been a ranger. Puns were made upon his name when he was Ranger Starr, but he was a ranger no longer, and the puns had ceased to trouble him. His given name was Chauncy DeWitt; perhaps that is why even his closest friends called him Starr, it was so much easier to say, and it seemed to fit him so much... Long Stories - Post by : jellon - Date : May 2012 - Author : B. M. Bower - Read : 1295

The Lookout Man - Chapter 24. Trouble Finds The Gold That Was In Them The Lookout Man - Chapter 24. Trouble Finds The Gold That Was In Them

The Lookout Man - Chapter 24. Trouble Finds The Gold That Was In Them
CHAPTER TWENTY-FOUR. TROUBLE FINDS THE GOLD THAT WAS IN THEM After that nothing seemed to matter. The days slipped by and Mrs. Singleton Corey cared so little that she did not count them or call them by name. She would sit by the one window that faced the Basin and watch the trail beaten in the deep snow by the passing of many feet, and brood over the days when she might have won Jack and by the very closeness of their love have saved him from this. Had she done her part, Jack would not have lied to her about... Long Stories - Post by : jellon - Date : May 2012 - Author : B. M. Bower - Read : 1289

The Lookout Man - Chapter 23. Grief, And Hope That Died Hard The Lookout Man - Chapter 23. Grief, And Hope That Died Hard

The Lookout Man - Chapter 23. Grief, And Hope That Died Hard
CHAPTER TWENTY-THREE. GRIEF, AND HOPE THAT DIED HARD During the months when she had hidden her shame in a sanitarium, Mrs. Singleton Corey first learned how it felt to be unsatisfied with herself. Had learned, too, what it meant to have her life emptied of Jack's roisterous personality. She had learned to doubt the infallibility of her own judgments, the justice of her own viewpoints. She had attained a clarity of vision that enabled her to see herself a failure where she had taken it for granted that she was a success. She had failed as a mother. She had not... Long Stories - Post by : jellon - Date : May 2012 - Author : B. M. Bower - Read : 1027

The Lookout Man - Chapter 22. The Miserere Of Motherhood The Lookout Man - Chapter 22. The Miserere Of Motherhood

The Lookout Man - Chapter 22. The Miserere Of Motherhood
CHAPTER TWENTY-TWO. THE MISERERE OF MOTHERHOOD The up-train came shrieking out of the last tunnel in Feather River Canyon, churned around a curve, struck a hollow roar from the trestle that bridges the mouth of Toll-Gate creek, shrieked again when it saw, down the white trail of its headlight, the whirling snow that swept down the canyon, and churned up the stiff grade that would carry it around through the Pocket at the head of the canyon and to the little yellow station just beyond. A fight it would have to top the summit of the Sierras and slip down into... Long Stories - Post by : jellon - Date : May 2012 - Author : B. M. Bower - Read : 561

The Lookout Man - Chapter 21. Gold Of Repentance, Sunlight Of Love And A Man Gone Mad The Lookout Man - Chapter 21. Gold Of Repentance, Sunlight Of Love And A Man Gone Mad

The Lookout Man - Chapter 21. Gold Of Repentance, Sunlight Of Love And A Man Gone Mad
CHAPTER TWENTY-ONE. GOLD OF REPENTANCE, SUNLIGHT OF LOVE AND A MAN GONE MAD Marion was up at the foot of the last grilling climb, the steep acclivity where manzanita shrubs locked arms and laughed at the climber. Fearful of a sprained ankle like Kate's, she had watched carefully where she set down her feet and had not considered that it would be wise to choose just as carefully the route she should follow to gain the top; so long as she was climbing in that general direction she felt no uneasiness, because Taylor Rock topped it all, and she was bound... Long Stories - Post by : jazz434 - Date : May 2012 - Author : B. M. Bower - Read : 486

The Lookout Man - Chapter 20. Ignorance Taxes The Trail Of Danger The Lookout Man - Chapter 20. Ignorance Taxes The Trail Of Danger

The Lookout Man - Chapter 20. Ignorance Taxes The Trail Of Danger
CHAPTER TWENTY. IGNORANCE TAXES THE TRAIL OF DANGER Mike, looking frequently over his shoulder, sought the sanctuary of his own cabin, slammed the door shut and pulled the heavy table as a barricade against it until he could find the hammer and some nails. His hands shook so that he struck his thumb twice, but he did not seem to notice the pain at all. When the door was nailed shut he pulled a side off a box and nailed the two boards over the window. Then he grabbed his rifle out of a corner and defied the spies to do... Long Stories - Post by : jazz434 - Date : May 2012 - Author : B. M. Bower - Read : 2885

The Lookout Man - Chapter 19. Trouble Rocks The Pan, Looking For Grains Of Gold The Lookout Man - Chapter 19. Trouble Rocks The Pan, Looking For Grains Of Gold

The Lookout Man - Chapter 19. Trouble Rocks The Pan, Looking For Grains Of Gold
CHAPTER NINETEEN. TROUBLE ROCKS THE PAN, LOOKING FOR GRAINS OF GOLD Up on the peaks Jack was touching the heights and the depths of his own nature, while the mountains stood back and waited, it seemed to him, for the final answer. He had lived with them too long and too intimately to disregard them now, uninfluenced by their varying moods. He watched them in sunlight when they were all shining white and violet and soft purple, with great shadows spread over their slopes where the forests stood deepest; and they heartened him, gave him a wordless promise that better times... Long Stories - Post by : jazz434 - Date : May 2012 - Author : B. M. Bower - Read : 3238