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The Winds Of Chance - Chapter 30 The Winds Of Chance - Chapter 30

The Winds Of Chance - Chapter 30
CHAPTER XXXJoe McCaskey was not a coward, neither was he a superstitious man, but he had imagination. The steady strain of his and Frank's long flight, the certainty of pursuit close behind, had frayed his nerve and rendered him jumpy. For a man in his condition to be awakened out of a trancelike sleep by an intruder at once invisible, dumb; to feel the presence of that mysterious visitor and actually to see him--it--bulked dim and formless among the darting shadows cast by a blazing match--was a test indeed. It was too much for Joe. As for Frank, he had actually... Long Stories - Post by : scalezz - Date : May 2012 - Author : Rex Beach - Read : 2296

The Winds Of Chance - Chapter 26 The Winds Of Chance - Chapter 26

The Winds Of Chance - Chapter 26
CHAPTER XXVITom Linton and Jerry Quirk toiled slowly up the trail toward their cabin. Both men were bundled thickly in clothing, both bewhiskered visages bore grotesque breath-masks of ice; even their eyebrows were hoary with frost. The partners were very tired. Pausing in the chip-littered space before their door, they gazed down the trail to a mound of gravel which stood out raw and red against the universal whiteness. This mound was in the form of a truncated cone and on its level top was a windlass and a pole bucket track. From beneath the windlass issued a cloud of smoke... Long Stories - Post by : scalezz - Date : May 2012 - Author : Rex Beach - Read : 727

The Winds Of Chance - Chapter 25 The Winds Of Chance - Chapter 25

The Winds Of Chance - Chapter 25
CHAPTER XXV"You really must do something for this boy Pierce Phillips." Mrs. Cavendish spoke with decision. The newspaper which the colonel was reading was barely six weeks old, therefore he was deeply engrossed in it, and he looked up somewhat absentmindedly. "Yes, yes. Of course, my dear," he murmured. "What does he want now?" "Why, he wants his liberty! He wants this absurd charge against him dismissed! It's a shame to hold a boy of his character, his breeding, on the mere word of a man like Count Courteau." Colonel Cavendish smiled quizzically. "You, too, eh?" said he. "What do you... Long Stories - Post by : scalezz - Date : May 2012 - Author : Rex Beach - Read : 1954

The Winds Of Chance - Chapter 24 The Winds Of Chance - Chapter 24

The Winds Of Chance - Chapter 24
CHAPTER XXIVAlthough 'Poleon had spoken with confidence, he found, upon arriving at Police Headquarters, that the situation was by no means as simple as it had appeared, and that something more than a mere word regarding Phillips' character would be required to offset the very definite accusation against him. Courteau, he learned, had pressed his charge with vigor, and although the two McCaskeys had maintained their outward show of reluctance at being dragged into the affair, they had, nevertheless, substantiated his statements with a thoroughness and a detail that hinted more than a little at vindictiveness. Pierce, of course, had denied... Long Stories - Post by : commish - Date : May 2012 - Author : Rex Beach - Read : 1548

The Winds Of Chance - Chapter 23 The Winds Of Chance - Chapter 23

The Winds Of Chance - Chapter 23
CHAPTER XXIII"Wal, w'at I tol' you?" 'Poleon Doret exclaimed, cheerfully. "Me, I'm cut off for poor man. If one dose El Dorado millionaire' give me his pay-dump, all de gold disappear biffore I get him in de sluice-box. Some people is born Jonah." Despite this melancholy announcement 'Poleon was far from depressed. On the contrary, he beamed like a boy and his eyes were sparkling with the joy of again beholding his "sister." He had returned from the hills late this evening and now he had come to fetch Rouletta from her work. This was his first opportunity for a word... Long Stories - Post by : commish - Date : May 2012 - Author : Rex Beach - Read : 1763

The Winds Of Chance - Chapter 22 The Winds Of Chance - Chapter 22

The Winds Of Chance - Chapter 22
CHAPTER XXIIPierce Phillips possessed the average young American's capacities for good or evil. Had he fallen among healthy surroundings upon his arrival at Dawson, in all probability he would have experienced a healthy growth. But, blown by the winds of chance, he took root where he dropped--in the low grounds. Since he possessed the youthful power of quick and vigorous adaptation, he assumed a color to match his environment. Of necessity this alteration was gradual; nevertheless, it was real; without knowing it he suffered a steady deterioration of moral fiber and a progressive change in ideals. His new life was easy;... Long Stories - Post by : commish - Date : May 2012 - Author : Rex Beach - Read : 1042

The Winds Of Chance - Chapter 21 The Winds Of Chance - Chapter 21

The Winds Of Chance - Chapter 21
CHAPTER XXIIn taking charge of a sick girl, a helpless, hopeless stranger, 'Poleon Doret had assumed a responsibility far greater than he had anticipated, and that responsibility had grown heavier every day. Having, at last, successfully discharged it, he breathed freely, his first relaxation in a long time; he rejoiced in the consciousness of a difficult duty well performed. So far as he could see there was nothing at all extraordinary, nothing in the least improper, about Rouletta's engagement at the Rialto. Any suggestion of impropriety, in fact, would have greatly surprised him, for saloons and gambling-halls filled a recognized place... Long Stories - Post by : commish - Date : May 2012 - Author : Rex Beach - Read : 2965

The Winds Of Chance - Chapter 20 The Winds Of Chance - Chapter 20

The Winds Of Chance - Chapter 20
CHAPTER XXMorris Best's new partner was a square gambler, so called. People there were who sneered at this description and considered it a contradiction as absurd as a square circle or an elliptical cube. An elementary knowledge of the principles of geometry and of the retail liquor business proved the non-existence of such a thing as a straight crook, so they maintained. But be that as it may, Ben Miller certainly differed from the usual run of sporting-men, and he professed peculiar ideas regarding the conduct of his trade. Those ideas were almost puritanical in their nature. Proprietorship of recreation centers... Long Stories - Post by : commish - Date : May 2012 - Author : Rex Beach - Read : 2850

The Winds Of Chance - Chapter 16 The Winds Of Chance - Chapter 16

The Winds Of Chance - Chapter 16
CHAPTER XVIOnce again Tom and Jerry's skiff had been halved, once again its owners smarted under the memory of insults unwarranted, of gibes that no apology could atone for. This time it had been old Jerry who cooked his supper over an open fire and old Tom who stretched the tarpaulin over his stove. Neither spoke; both were sulky, avoiding each other's eye; there was an air of bitter, implacable hostility. Into this atmosphere of constraint came 'Poleon Doret, and, had it not been for his own anxieties, he would have derived much amusement from the situation. As it was, however,... Long Stories - Post by : commish - Date : May 2012 - Author : Rex Beach - Read : 2514

The Winds Of Chance - Chapter 15 The Winds Of Chance - Chapter 15

The Winds Of Chance - Chapter 15
CHAPTER XVIt was afternoon when Lucky Broad and Kid Bridges came to 'Poleon Doret's tent and called its owner outside. "We're hitched up and ready to say 'gid-dap,' but we came back to see how Letty's getting along," the former explained. 'Poleon shook his head doubtfully; his face was grave. "She's bad seeck." "Does she know about old Sam?" "She ain't know not'in'. She's crazee altogether. Poor li'l gal, she's jus' lak baby. I'm scare' as hell." The confidence-men stared at each other silently; then they stared at Doret. "What we goin' to do about it?" the Kid inquired, finally. 'Poleon... Long Stories - Post by : commish - Date : May 2012 - Author : Rex Beach - Read : 1086

The Winds Of Chance - Chapter 14 The Winds Of Chance - Chapter 14

The Winds Of Chance - Chapter 14
CHAPTER XIVWith 'Poleon Doret to be busy was to be contented, and these were busy times for him. His daily routine, with trap and gun, had made of him an early riser and had bred in him a habit of greeting the sun with a song. It was no hardship for him, therefore, to cook his breakfast by candle-light, especially now that the days were growing short. On the morning after his rescue of Sam Kirby and his daughter 'Poleon washed his dishes and cut his wood; then, finding that there was still an hour to spare before the light would... Long Stories - Post by : merlins - Date : May 2012 - Author : Rex Beach - Read : 694

The Winds Of Chance - Chapter 13 The Winds Of Chance - Chapter 13

The Winds Of Chance - Chapter 13
CHAPTER XIIIRouletta Kirby could not manage to get warm. The longer she sat beside the stove the colder she became. This was not strange, for the room was draughty, people were constantly coming in and going out, and when the door was opened the wind caused the canvas walls of the saloon to bulge and its roof to slap upon the rafters. The patrons were warmly clad in mackinaw, flannel, and fur. To them the place was comfortable enough, but to the girl who sat swathed in sodden undergarments it was like a refrigerator. More than once she regretted her heedless... Long Stories - Post by : merlins - Date : May 2012 - Author : Rex Beach - Read : 1410

The Winds Of Chance - Chapter 12 The Winds Of Chance - Chapter 12

The Winds Of Chance - Chapter 12
CHAPTER XIIA chilly twilight had fallen by the time the castaways arrived at the encampment above the rapids. Kirby and his daughter were shaking from the cold. The Countess Courteau hurried on ahead to start a fire in her tent, and thither she insisted upon taking Rouletta, while her men attended to the father's comfort. On the way up there had been considerable speculation among those who knew Sam Kirby best, for none of them had ever seen the old fellow in quite such a frame of mind as now. His misfortune had crushed him; he appeared to be numbed by... Long Stories - Post by : merlins - Date : May 2012 - Author : Rex Beach - Read : 1049

The Winds Of Chance - Chapter 11 The Winds Of Chance - Chapter 11

The Winds Of Chance - Chapter 11
CHAPTER XIAlthough scows larger than the Rouletta had run Miles Canon and the rapids below in safety, perhaps none more unwieldy had ever done so. Royal had built his barge stoutly, to be sure, but of other virtues the craft had none. When loaded she was so clumsy, so obstinate, so headstrong that it required unceasing effort to hold her on a course; as for rowing her, it was almost impossible. She took the first swooping rush into the canon, strange to say, in very good form, and thereafter, by dint of herculean efforts, Royal and his three men managed to... Long Stories - Post by : merlins - Date : May 2012 - Author : Rex Beach - Read : 538

The Winds Of Chance - Chapter 10 The Winds Of Chance - Chapter 10

The Winds Of Chance - Chapter 10
CHAPTER XTo the early Klondikers, Chilkoot Pass was a personality, a Presence at once sinister, cruel, and forbidding. So, too, only in greater measure, was Miles Canon. The Chilkoot toyed with men, it wore them out, it stripped them of their strength and their manhood, it wrecked their courage and it broke their hearts. The canon sucked them in and swallowed them. This canon is nothing more nor less than a rift in a great basaltic barrier which lies athwart the river's course, the entrance to it being much like the door in a wall. Above it the waters are dammed... Long Stories - Post by : merlins - Date : May 2012 - Author : Rex Beach - Read : 2275

The Winds Of Chance - Chapter 6 The Winds Of Chance - Chapter 6

The Winds Of Chance - Chapter 6
CHAPTER VIA certain romantic glamour attaches to all new countries, but not every man is responsive to it. To the person who finds enjoyment, preoccupation, in studying a ruin or in contemplating glories, triumphs, dramas long dead and gone, old buildings, old cities, and old worlds sound a resistless call. The past is peopled with impressive figures, to be sure; it is a tapestry into which are woven scenes of tremendous significance and events of the greatest moment, and it is quite natural, therefore, that the majority of people should experience greater fascination in studying it than in painting new scenes... Long Stories - Post by : merlins - Date : May 2012 - Author : Rex Beach - Read : 680

The Winds Of Chance - Chapter 5 The Winds Of Chance - Chapter 5

The Winds Of Chance - Chapter 5
CHAPTER V"Looked kind of salty for a spell, didn't it?" The grizzled leader of the posse, he who had effected the capture of the thieves, was speaking to Pierce. "Well, I'm due for a private apology. I hope you cherish no hard feelings. Eh?" "None whatever, sir. I'm only too glad to get out whole and get my money back. It was quite an experience." Already Phillips' mind had ranged the events of the last crowded hour into some sort of order; his fancy had tinged them with a glamour already turning rosy with romance, and he told himself that his... Long Stories - Post by : merlins - Date : May 2012 - Author : Rex Beach - Read : 2962

The Winds Of Chance - Chapter 4 The Winds Of Chance - Chapter 4

The Winds Of Chance - Chapter 4
CHAPTER IVThe story of the first trial at Sheep Camp is an old one, but it differs with every telling. In the hectic hurry of that gold-rush many incidents were soon forgotten and such salient facts as did survive were deeply colored, for those were colorful days. That trial marked an epoch in early Yukon history, for, although its true significance was unsensed at the time, it really signalized the dawn of common honesty on the Chilkoot and the Chilkat trails, and it was the first move taken toward the disruption of organized outlawry--a bitter fight, by the way, which ended... Long Stories - Post by : merlins - Date : May 2012 - Author : Rex Beach - Read : 3343

The Winds Of Chance - Chapter 3 The Winds Of Chance - Chapter 3

The Winds Of Chance - Chapter 3
CHAPTER IIIHaving crossed the high barrens, Phillips and his companion dropped down to timber-line and soon arrived at Linderman, their journey's end. This was perhaps the most feverishly busy camp on the entire thirty-mile Dyea trail, but, unlike the coast towns, there was no merrymaking, no gaiety, no gambling here. Linderman's fever came from overwork, not from overplay. A tent village had sprung up at the head of the lake, and from dawn until dark it echoed to the unceasing sound of ax and hammer, of plane and saw. The air was redolent with the odor of fresh-cut spruce and of... Long Stories - Post by : merlins - Date : May 2012 - Author : Rex Beach - Read : 2002

The Winds Of Chance - Chapter 2 The Winds Of Chance - Chapter 2

The Winds Of Chance - Chapter 2
CHAPTER IIThe headwaters of the Dyea River spring from a giant's punch-bowl. Three miles above timber-line the valley bottom widens out into a flinty field strewn with boulders which in ages past have lost their footing on the steep hills forming the sides of the cup. Between these boulders a thin carpet of moss is spread, but the slopes themselves are quite naked; they are seamed and cracked and weather-beaten, their surfaces are split and shattered from the play of the elements. High up toward the crest of one of them rides a glacier--a pallid, weeping sentinel which stands guard for... Long Stories - Post by : merlins - Date : May 2012 - Author : Rex Beach - Read : 1914