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Hopalong Cassidy's Rustler Round-up - Chapter 25. Mr. Ewalt Draws Cards Hopalong Cassidy's Rustler Round-up - Chapter 25. Mr. Ewalt Draws Cards

Hopalong Cassidy's Rustler Round-up - Chapter 25. Mr. Ewalt Draws Cards
CHAPTER XXV. Mr. Ewalt Draws CardsTex Ewalt, cow-puncher, prospector, sometimes a rustler, but always a dude, rode from El Paso in deep disgust at his steady losses at faro and monte. The pecuniary side of these caused him no worry, for he was flush. This pleasing opulence was due to his business ability, for he had recently sold a claim for several thousand dollars. The first operation was simple, being known in Western phraseology as "jumping"; and the second, somewhat more complicated, was known as "salting."The first of the money spent went for a complete new outfit, and he had parted... Long Stories - Post by : ow24160 - Date : May 2012 - Author : Clarence E. Mulford - Read : 2158

Hopalong Cassidy's Rustler Round-up - Chapter 24. The Strategy Of Mr. Peters Hopalong Cassidy's Rustler Round-up - Chapter 24. The Strategy Of Mr. Peters

Hopalong Cassidy's Rustler Round-up - Chapter 24. The Strategy Of Mr. Peters
CHAPTER XXIV. The Strategy of Mr. PetersHopalong and his companion rode into Muddy Wells at noon, and Red Connors, who leaned with Buck Peters against the side of Tom Lee's saloon, gasped his astonishment. Buck looked twice to be sure, and then muttered incredulously: "What th' heck!" Red repeated the phrase and retreated within the saloon, while Buck stood his ground, having had much experience with women, inasmuch as he had narrowly escaped marrying. He thought that he might as well get all the information possible, and waited for an introduction. It was in vain, however, for the two rode past... Long Stories - Post by : cclittle - Date : May 2012 - Author : Clarence E. Mulford - Read : 1409

Hopalong Cassidy's Rustler Round-up - Chapter 23. Mr. Cassidy Meets A Woman Hopalong Cassidy's Rustler Round-up - Chapter 23. Mr. Cassidy Meets A Woman

Hopalong Cassidy's Rustler Round-up - Chapter 23. Mr. Cassidy Meets A Woman
CHAPTER XXIII. Mr. Cassidy Meets a WomanThe work of separating the cattle into herds of the different brands was not a big contract, and with so many men it took but a comparatively short time, and in two days all signs of the rustlers had faded. It was then that good news went the rounds and the men looked forward to a week of pleasure, which was all the sharper accentuated by the grim mercilessness of the expedition into the Panhandle. Here was a chance for unlimited hilarity and a whole week in which to give strict attention to celebrating the... Long Stories - Post by : Dusty13 - Date : May 2012 - Author : Clarence E. Mulford - Read : 2958

Hopalong Cassidy's Rustler Round-up - Chapter 22. The Showdown Hopalong Cassidy's Rustler Round-up - Chapter 22. The Showdown

Hopalong Cassidy's Rustler Round-up - Chapter 22. The Showdown
CHAPTER XXII. The ShowdownA fire burned briskly in front of Mr. Trendley's cabin that night and several punchers sat around it occupied in various ways. Two men leaned against the wall and sang softly of the joys of the trail and the range. One of them, Lefty Allen, of the O-Bar-O, sang in his sweet tenor, and other men gradually strolled up and seated themselves on the ground the fitful gleam of responsive pipes and cigarettes showed like fireflies. The songs followed one after another, first a lover's plea in soft Spanish and then a rollicking tale of the cow-towns... Long Stories - Post by : add2it - Date : May 2012 - Author : Clarence E. Mulford - Read : 3411

Hopalong Cassidy's Rustler Round-up - Chapter 21. The Call Hopalong Cassidy's Rustler Round-up - Chapter 21. The Call

Hopalong Cassidy's Rustler Round-up - Chapter 21. The Call
CHAPTER XXI. The CallAt three o'clock the next morning a long line of men slowly filed into the cottonwood grove, being silently swallowed up by the dark. Dismounting, they left their horses in the care of three of their number and disappeared into the brush. Ten minutes later forty of the force were distributed along the edge of the grove fringing on the bank of the river and twenty more minutes gave ample time for a detachment of twenty to cross the stream and find concealment in the edge of the woods which ran from the river to where the corral... Long Stories - Post by : simkl - Date : May 2012 - Author : Clarence E. Mulford - Read : 2008

Hopalong Cassidy's Rustler Round-up - Chapter 20. A Problem Solved Hopalong Cassidy's Rustler Round-up - Chapter 20. A Problem Solved

Hopalong Cassidy's Rustler Round-up - Chapter 20. A Problem Solved
CHAPTER XX. A Problem SolvedHopalong worried his way out of the desert on a straight line, thus cutting in half the distance he had traveled when going into it. He camped that night on the sand and early the next morning took up his journey. It was noon when he began to notice familiar sights, and an hour later he passed within a mile of line-house No. 3, Double Arrow. Half an hour later he espied a cow-puncher riding like mad. Thinking that an investigation would not be out of place, he rode after the rider and overtook him, when that... Long Stories - Post by : Ndoki - Date : May 2012 - Author : Clarence E. Mulford - Read : 2730

Hopalong Cassidy's Rustler Round-up - Chapter 19. Hopalong's Decision Hopalong Cassidy's Rustler Round-up - Chapter 19. Hopalong's Decision

Hopalong Cassidy's Rustler Round-up - Chapter 19. Hopalong's Decision
CHAPTER XIX. Hopalong's DecisionShortly after noon, Hopalong, who had ridden with his head bowed low in meditation, looked up and slapped his thigh. Then he looked at Red and grinned."Look ahere, Red," he began, "there ain't no rustlers with their headquarters on this God-forsaken sand heap, an' there never was. They have to have water an' lots of it, too, an' th' nearest of any account is th' Pecos, or some of them streams over in th' Panhandle. Th' Panhandle is th' best place. There are lots of streams an' lakes over there an' they're right in a good grass country.... Long Stories - Post by : JuvioSuccess - Date : May 2012 - Author : Clarence E. Mulford - Read : 1189

Hopalong Cassidy's Rustler Round-up - Chapter 18. The Search Begins Hopalong Cassidy's Rustler Round-up - Chapter 18. The Search Begins

Hopalong Cassidy's Rustler Round-up - Chapter 18. The Search Begins
CHAPTER XVIII. The Search BeginsAs the sun arose it revealed three punchers riding away from civilization. On all sides, stretching to the evil-appearing horizon, lay vast blotches of dirty-white and faded yellow alkali and sand. Occasionally a dwarfed mesquite raised its prickly leaves and rustled mournfully. With the exception of the riders and an occasional Gila monster, no life was discernible. Cacti of all shapes and sizes reared aloft their forbidding spines or spread out along the sand. All was dead, ghastly; all was oppressive, startlingly repellent in its sinister promise; all was the vastness of desolation.Hopalong knew this portion of... Long Stories - Post by : JuvioSuccess - Date : May 2012 - Author : Clarence E. Mulford - Read : 2091

Hopalong Cassidy's Rustler Round-up - Chapter 17. Mr. Trendley Assumes Added Importance Hopalong Cassidy's Rustler Round-up - Chapter 17. Mr. Trendley Assumes Added Importance

Hopalong Cassidy's Rustler Round-up - Chapter 17. Mr. Trendley Assumes Added Importance
CHAPTER XVII. Mr. Trendley Assumes Added ImportanceThat the rustlers were working under a well organized system was evident. That they were directed by a master of the game was ceaselessly beaten into the consciousness of the Association by the diversity, dash and success of their raids. No one, save the three men whom they had destroyed, had ever seen them. But, like Tamale Jose, they had raided once too often.Mr. Trendley, more familiarly known to men as "Slippery," was the possessor of a biased conscience, if any at all. Tall, gaunt and weather-beaten and with coal-black eyes set deep beneath hairless... Long Stories - Post by : rlscott - Date : May 2012 - Author : Clarence E. Mulford - Read : 3285

Hopalong Cassidy's Rustler Round-up - Chapter 16. Rustlers On The Range Hopalong Cassidy's Rustler Round-up - Chapter 16. Rustlers On The Range

Hopalong Cassidy's Rustler Round-up - Chapter 16. Rustlers On The Range
CHAPTER XVI. Rustlers on the RangeThe affair at Cactus Springs had more effect on the life at the Bar 20 than was realized by the foreman. News travels rapidly, and certain men, whose attributes were not of the sweetest, heard of it and swore vengeance, for Slim Travennes had many friends, and the result of his passing began to show itself. Outlaws have as their strongest defense the fear which they inspire, and little time was lost in making reprisals, and these caused Buck Peters to ride into Buckskin one bright October morning and then out the other side of the... Long Stories - Post by : simkl - Date : May 2012 - Author : Clarence E. Mulford - Read : 554

Hopalong Cassidy's Rustler Round-up - Chapter 15. The Penalty Hopalong Cassidy's Rustler Round-up - Chapter 15. The Penalty

Hopalong Cassidy's Rustler Round-up - Chapter 15. The Penalty
CHAPTER XV. The PenaltyWhile Mr. Travennes had been entertained in the manner narrated, Mr. Connors had passed the time by relating stale jokes to the uproarious laughter of his extremely bored audience, who had heard the aged efforts many times since they had first seen the light of day, and most of whom earnestly longed for a drink. The landlord, hearing the hilarity, had taken advantage of the opportunity offered to see a free show. Not being able to see what the occasion was for the mirth, he had pulled on his boots and made his way to the show with... Long Stories - Post by : vbhnl - Date : May 2012 - Author : Clarence E. Mulford - Read : 2243

Hopalong Cassidy's Rustler Round-up - Chapter 14. The Tale Of A Cigarette Hopalong Cassidy's Rustler Round-up - Chapter 14. The Tale Of A Cigarette

Hopalong Cassidy's Rustler Round-up - Chapter 14. The Tale Of A Cigarette
CHAPTER XIV. The Tale of a CigaretteThe open door revealed three men asleep on the earthen floor, two of whom were Mexicans. Mr. Cassidy then for the first time felt called upon to relieve his companion of the Colt's which so sorely itched that gentleman's thigh and then disarmed the sleeping guards."One man an' a half," murmured Mr. Cassidy, it being in his creed that it took four Mexicans to make one Texan.In the far corner of the room were two bronchos, one of which tried in vain to kick Mr. Cassidy, not realizing that he was ten feet away. The... Long Stories - Post by : JuvioSuccess - Date : May 2012 - Author : Clarence E. Mulford - Read : 2353

Hopalong Cassidy's Rustler Round-up - Chapter 13. Travennes' Discomfiture Hopalong Cassidy's Rustler Round-up - Chapter 13. Travennes' Discomfiture

Hopalong Cassidy's Rustler Round-up - Chapter 13. Travennes' Discomfiture
CHAPTER XIII. Travennes' DiscomfitureWhen Mr. Travennes looked over the corral fence he was much chagrined to see a man and a Colt both paying strict attention to his nose."Mornin', Duke," said the man with the gun. "Lose anything?"Mr. Travennes looked back at his friends and saw Mr. Connors sitting on a rock holding two guns. Mr. Travennes' right and left wings were the targets and they pitted their frowns against Mr. Connors' smile."Not that I knows of," replied Mr. Travennes, shifting his feet uneasily."Find anything?" Came from Mr. Cassidy as he sidled out of the gate."Nope," replied the captain of the... Long Stories - Post by : gabby - Date : May 2012 - Author : Clarence E. Mulford - Read : 2681

Hopalong Cassidy's Rustler Round-up - Chapter 12. The Hospitality Of Travennes Hopalong Cassidy's Rustler Round-up - Chapter 12. The Hospitality Of Travennes

Hopalong Cassidy's Rustler Round-up - Chapter 12. The Hospitality Of Travennes
CHAPTER XII. The Hospitality of TravennesMr. Buck Peters rode into Alkaline one bright September morning and sought refreshment at the Emporium. Mr. Peters had just finished some business for his employer and felt the satisfaction that comes with the knowledge of work well done. He expected to remain in Alkaline for several days he was to be joined by two of his friends and punchers, Mr. Hopalong Cassidy and Mr. Red Connors, both of whom were at Cactus Springs, seventy miles to the east. Mr. Cassidy and his friend had just finished a nocturnal tour of Santa Fe and felt... Long Stories - Post by : best4you - Date : May 2012 - Author : Clarence E. Mulford - Read : 1148

Hopalong Cassidy's Rustler Round-up - Chapter 11. Holding The Claim Hopalong Cassidy's Rustler Round-up - Chapter 11. Holding The Claim

Hopalong Cassidy's Rustler Round-up - Chapter 11. Holding The Claim
CHAPTER XI. Holding the Claim"Oh, we're that gang from th' O-Bar-O," hummed Waffles, sinking the branding-iron in the flank of a calf. The scene was one of great activity and hilarity. Several fires were burning near the huge corral and in them half a dozen irons were getting hot. Three calves were being held down for the brand of the "Bar-20" and two more were being dragged up on their sides by the ropes of the cowboys, the proud cow-ponies showing off their accomplishments at the expense of the calves' feelings. In the corral the dust arose in steady clouds as... Long Stories - Post by : codebluenj - Date : May 2012 - Author : Clarence E. Mulford - Read : 1258

Hopalong Cassidy's Rustler Round-up - Chapter 10. Peace Hath Its Victories Hopalong Cassidy's Rustler Round-up - Chapter 10. Peace Hath Its Victories

Hopalong Cassidy's Rustler Round-up - Chapter 10. Peace Hath Its Victories
CHAPTER X. Peace Hath its VictoriesAs they neared the central group of buildings they heard a hilarious and assertive song which sprang from the door and windows of the main saloon. It was in jig time, rollicking and boisterous, but the words had evidently been improvised for the occasion, as they clashed immediately with those which sprang to the minds of the outfit, although they could not be clearly distinguished. As they approached nearer and finally dismounted, however, the words became recognizable and the visitors were at once placed in harmony with the air of jovial recklessness by the roaring of... Long Stories - Post by : sbeard - Date : May 2012 - Author : Clarence E. Mulford - Read : 776

Hopalong Cassidy's Rustler Round-up - Chapter 9. The Advent Of Mcallister Hopalong Cassidy's Rustler Round-up - Chapter 9. The Advent Of Mcallister

Hopalong Cassidy's Rustler Round-up - Chapter 9. The Advent Of Mcallister
CHAPTER IX. The Advent of McAllisterThe blazing sun shone pitilessly on an arid plain which was spotted with dust-gray clumps of mesquite and thorny chaparral. Basking in the burning sand and alkali lay several Gila monsters, which raised their heads and hissed with wide-open jaws as several faint, whip-like reports echoed flatly over the desolate plain, showing that even they had learned that danger was associated with such sounds.Off to the north there became visible a cloud of dust and at intervals something swayed in it, something that rose and fell and then became hidden again. Out of that cloud came... Long Stories - Post by : andrewteg - Date : May 2012 - Author : Clarence E. Mulford - Read : 2279

Hopalong Cassidy's Rustler Round-up - Chapter 8. Hopalong Keeps His Word Hopalong Cassidy's Rustler Round-up - Chapter 8. Hopalong Keeps His Word

Hopalong Cassidy's Rustler Round-up - Chapter 8. Hopalong Keeps His Word
CHAPTER VIII. Hopalong Keeps His WordThe waters of the Rio Grande slid placidly toward the Gulf, the hot sun branding the sleepy waters with streaks of molten fire. To the north arose from the gray sandy plain the Quitman Mountains, and beyond them lay Bass Ca on. From the latter emerged a solitary figure astride a broncho, and as he ascended the topmost rise he glanced below him at the placid stream and beyond it into Mexico. As he sat quietly in his saddle he smiled and laughed gently to himself. The trail he had just followed had been replete with... Long Stories - Post by : gabby - Date : May 2012 - Author : Clarence E. Mulford - Read : 3246

Hopalong Cassidy's Rustler Round-up - Chapter 7. The Open Door Hopalong Cassidy's Rustler Round-up - Chapter 7. The Open Door

Hopalong Cassidy's Rustler Round-up - Chapter 7. The Open Door
CHAPTER VII. The Open DoorThe proprietor of the Nugget and Rope, a German named Baum, not being troubled with police rules, kept the door wide open for the purpose of inviting trade, a proceeding not to the liking of his patrons for obvious reasons. Probably not one man in ten was fortunate enough to have no one "looking for him," and the lighted interior assured good hunting to any one in the dark street. He was continually opening the door, which every newcomer promptly and forcibly slammed shut. When he saw men walk across the room for the express purpose of... Long Stories - Post by : codebluenj - Date : May 2012 - Author : Clarence E. Mulford - Read : 1174

Hopalong Cassidy's Rustler Round-up - Chapter 6. Trials Of The Convalescent Hopalong Cassidy's Rustler Round-up - Chapter 6. Trials Of The Convalescent

Hopalong Cassidy's Rustler Round-up - Chapter 6. Trials Of The Convalescent
CHAPTER VI. Trials of the ConvalescentThe days at the ranch passed in irritating idleness for those who had obstructed the flight of hostile lead, and worse than any of the patients was Hopalong, who fretted and fumed at his helplessness, which retarded his recovery. But at last the day came when he was fit for the saddle again, and he gave notice of his joy in whoops and forthwith announced that he was entitled to a holiday; and Buck had not the heart to refuse himSo he started forth in his quest of peace and pleasure, but instead had found only... Long Stories - Post by : ben.g - Date : May 2012 - Author : Clarence E. Mulford - Read : 794