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Heart Of The Sunset - Chapter 32. The Dawn Heart Of The Sunset - Chapter 32. The Dawn

Heart Of The Sunset - Chapter 32. The Dawn
CHAPTER XXXII. THE DAWNJuan Garcia proved to be a good guide, and he saved the refugees many miles on their road to the Rio Grande. But every farm and every village was a menace, and at first they were forced to make numerous detours. As the night grew older, however, they rode a straighter course, urging their horses to the limit, hoping against hope to reach the border before daylight overtook them. This they might have done had it not been for Father O'Malley and Dolores, who were unused to the saddle and unable to maintain the pace Juan set for... Long Stories - Post by : Jasonphox - Date : May 2012 - Author : Rex Beach - Read : 3397

Heart Of The Sunset - Chapter 31. A Spanish Will Heart Of The Sunset - Chapter 31. A Spanish Will

Heart Of The Sunset - Chapter 31. A Spanish Will
CHAPTER XXXI. A SPANISH WILLWith a singing heart Alaire rode through the night at her husband's side. The strain of the last few hours had been so intense, the relief at her deliverance so keen, that now she felt curiously weak, and she kept close to Dave, comforted by his nearness and secure in the knowledge of his strength. Although he was unusually taciturn and rode with his chin upon his breast, she attributed his silence to fatigue. Now and then, therefore, she spurred to his side and spoke softly, caressingly. At such times he reached for her hand and clung... Long Stories - Post by : Jasonphox - Date : May 2012 - Author : Rex Beach - Read : 3663

Heart Of The Sunset - Chapter 30. The Man Of Destiny Heart Of The Sunset - Chapter 30. The Man Of Destiny

Heart Of The Sunset - Chapter 30. The Man Of Destiny
CHAPTER XXX. THE MAN OF DESTINY"Now, then, I'll explain," said Alaire, turning to the men. "Longorio declares he won't have me except as his wife, and I think he means it. He is amazingly egotistical. He has tremendous ambitions. He thinks this war is his great opportunity, and he means to be President--he's sure of it. He loves me, but he loves himself better, I'm sure. Now, don't you see? He'll have to choose one or the other." Father O'Malley did not appear to appreciate the full force of this reasoning. "My dear," he said, gravely, "he can make you a... Long Stories - Post by : Jasonphox - Date : May 2012 - Author : Rex Beach - Read : 1590

Heart Of The Sunset - Chapter 29. The Priest From Monclova Heart Of The Sunset - Chapter 29. The Priest From Monclova

Heart Of The Sunset - Chapter 29. The Priest From Monclova
CHAPTER XXIX. THE PRIEST FROM MONCLOVAThat was a night of terror for the women. Although Longorio's discipline was in some ways strict, in others it was extremely lax. From some quarter his men had secured a supply of mescal, and, forgetful of Felipe's unhappy fate, they rendered the hours hideous. There were singing and quarreling, and a shot or two sounded from the direction of the outbuildings. Morning found both Alaire and Dolores sadly overwrought. But they felt some relief upon learning that the general had been unexpectedly summoned from his bed at daylight, and had ridden to the telegraph office.... Long Stories - Post by : Jasonphox - Date : May 2012 - Author : Rex Beach - Read : 3351

Heart Of The Sunset - Chapter 25. A Warning And A Surprise Heart Of The Sunset - Chapter 25. A Warning And A Surprise

Heart Of The Sunset - Chapter 25. A Warning And A Surprise
CHAPTER XXV. A WARNING AND A SURPRISEDave Law slept for twenty hours, and even when he awoke it was not to a clear appreciation of his surroundings. At first he was relieved to find that the splitting pain in his head was gone, but imagined himself to be still in the maddening local train from Brownsville. By and by he recognized Paloma and Mrs. Strange, and tried to talk to them, but the connection between brain and tongue was imperfect, and he made a bad business of conversation. It seemed queer that he should be in bed at the Joneses', and... Long Stories - Post by : Jasonphox - Date : May 2012 - Author : Rex Beach - Read : 3685

Heart Of The Sunset - Chapter 24. Dave Law Comes Home Heart Of The Sunset - Chapter 24. Dave Law Comes Home

Heart Of The Sunset - Chapter 24. Dave Law Comes Home
CHAPTER XXIV. DAVE LAW COMES HOMEA few days after she had written to Judge Ellsworth Alaire followed her letter in person, for, having at last decided to divorce Ed, she acted with characteristic decision. Since Ellsworth had more than once advised this very course, she went to Brownsville anticipating his willing support. She was greatly amazed, therefore, to find that he had completely changed his views and to hear him argue strongly against her determination. Hurt and puzzled at first by this strange lack of sympathy, Alaire soon began to grow angry, and when the judge persisted in his arguments she... Long Stories - Post by : Jasonphox - Date : May 2012 - Author : Rex Beach - Read : 3507

Heart Of The Sunset - Chapter 23. The Crash Heart Of The Sunset - Chapter 23. The Crash

Heart Of The Sunset - Chapter 23. The Crash
CHAPTER XXIII. THE CRASHThe several days following Dave's unexpected call at Las Palmas Alaire spent in a delightful reverie. She had so often wrestled with the question of divorce that she had begun to weary of it; and now, when she tried to summon energy to consider it anew, she found herself, as usual, reasoning in a circle and arriving at no decision. She gave up trying, at length, and for the time being rested content in the knowledge that she loved and was loved. In her heart she knew well enough what her ultimate course would be: sooner or later... Long Stories - Post by : Jasonphox - Date : May 2012 - Author : Rex Beach - Read : 2049

Heart Of The Sunset - Chapter 22. What Ellsworth Had To Say Heart Of The Sunset - Chapter 22. What Ellsworth Had To Say

Heart Of The Sunset - Chapter 22. What Ellsworth Had To Say
CHAPTER XXII. WHAT ELLSWORTH HAD TO SAYOn his way to Brownsville the next morning Dave found himself still somewhat dazed by his sudden happiness; the more he thought of it the more wonderful it seemed. During the day he went through his court duties like a man in a trance. Such joy as this was unbelievable; he felt as if he must tell the world about it. He well understood Alaire's repugnance to divorce, but he was sure that he could overcome it, if indeed her own truer understanding of herself did not relieve him of that necessity; for at this... Long Stories - Post by : Jasonphox - Date : May 2012 - Author : Rex Beach - Read : 1081

Heart Of The Sunset - Chapter 21. An Awakening Heart Of The Sunset - Chapter 21. An Awakening

Heart Of The Sunset - Chapter 21. An Awakening
CHAPTER XXI. AN AWAKENINGTime was when Phil Strange boasted that he and his wife had played every fair-ground and seaside amusement-park from Coney Island to Galveston. In his battered wardrobe-trunks were parts of old costumes, scrapbooks of clippings, and a goodly collection of lithographs, some advertising the supernatural powers of "Professor Magi, Sovereign of the Unseen World," and others the accomplishments of "Mlle. Le Garde, Renowned Serpent Enchantress." In these gaudy portraits of "Magi the Mystic" no one would have recognized Phil Strange. And even more difficult would it have been to trace a resemblance between Mrs. Strange and the blond,... Long Stories - Post by : Jasonphox - Date : May 2012 - Author : Rex Beach - Read : 3756

Heart Of The Sunset - Chapter 20. Superstitions And Certainties Heart Of The Sunset - Chapter 20. Superstitions And Certainties

Heart Of The Sunset - Chapter 20. Superstitions And Certainties
CHAPTER XX. SUPERSTITIONS AND CERTAINTIESThe sensation caused by Ricardo Guzman's disappearance was as nothing to that which followed the recovery of his body. By the next afternoon it was known from Mexico to the Canadian border that the old ranchman had been shot by Mexican soldiers in Romero. It was reported that a party of Americans had invaded foreign soil and snatched Ricardo's remains from under the nose of General Longorio. But there all reliable information ceased. Just how the rescue had been effected, by whom it had been done, what reasons had prompted it, were a mystery. With the first... Long Stories - Post by : Jasonphox - Date : May 2012 - Author : Rex Beach - Read : 2195

Heart Of The Sunset - Chapter 19. Rangers Heart Of The Sunset - Chapter 19. Rangers

Heart Of The Sunset - Chapter 19. Rangers
CHAPTER XIX. RANGERSLongorio stared first at the huddled, perspiring man beside the telephone and then at the frightened woman. "Is that the truth?" he demanded, harshly. "Yes," Austin answered. "They are bringing the body to this side. You know what that means." "Did you know this?" The general turned upon Alaire. Of the four he was the least excited. From the background Paloma quavered: "You told us Ricardo was not dead, so--it is all right. There is no--harm done." A brief silence ensued, then Longorio shrugged. "Who knows? Let us hope that he suffered no harm on Mexican soil. That would... Long Stories - Post by : enriquegaribay - Date : May 2012 - Author : Rex Beach - Read : 3083

Heart Of The Sunset - Chapter 15. The Truth About Panfilo Heart Of The Sunset - Chapter 15. The Truth About Panfilo

Heart Of The Sunset - Chapter 15. The Truth About Panfilo
CHAPTER XV. THE TRUTH ABOUT PANFILONothing more was said during the luncheon, but when Alaire had finished eating and her two employees had begun their meal, she climbed the bank of the arroyo ostensibly to find a cool spot. Having succeeded, she called to Dave: "There is a nice breeze up here." The Ranger's face set; rising slowly, he climbed the bank after her. When they stood face to face in the shade of a gnarly oak- tree, Alaire asked him point-blank: "Where is Panfilo Sanchez?" Dave met her eyes squarely; his own were cold and hard. "He's where he dropped... Long Stories - Post by : ninja1023 - Date : May 2012 - Author : Rex Beach - Read : 944

Heart Of The Sunset - Chapter 14. Jose Sanchez Swears An Oath Heart Of The Sunset - Chapter 14. Jose Sanchez Swears An Oath

Heart Of The Sunset - Chapter 14. Jose Sanchez Swears An Oath
CHAPTER XIV. JOSE SANCHEZ SWEARS AN OATHOn this same evening a scene of no little significance was taking place at Las Palmas. Ed Austin was entertaining callers, and these were none other than Tad Lewis and Adolfo Urbina. The progress of events during the last few days had shaped this conference, for, as Dave had forecast during his conversation with Judge Ellsworth, the local prosecuting attorney saw in the Guzman cattle case an opportunity to distinguish himself, and was taking action accordingly. He had gathered considerable evidence against Urbina, and was exerting himself to the utmost for an indictment. He had... Long Stories - Post by : ninja1023 - Date : May 2012 - Author : Rex Beach - Read : 2662

Heart Of The Sunset - Chapter 13. Dave Law Becomes Jealous Heart Of The Sunset - Chapter 13. Dave Law Becomes Jealous

Heart Of The Sunset - Chapter 13. Dave Law Becomes Jealous
CHAPTER XIII. DAVE LAW BECOMES JEALOUS"You can never know what these two days have been for me," the general said as he and Alaire lingered over their meal. "They will afford me something to think about all my life! It is a delicious comfort to know that you trust me, that you do not dislike me. And you do not dislike me, eh?" "Why, of course not. I have a great deal for which to thank you." General Longorio fingered his wineglass and stared into it. "I am not like other men. Would to God I were, for then I could... Long Stories - Post by : ninja1023 - Date : May 2012 - Author : Rex Beach - Read : 2870

Heart Of The Sunset - Chapter 12. Longorio Makes Bold Heart Of The Sunset - Chapter 12. Longorio Makes Bold

Heart Of The Sunset - Chapter 12. Longorio Makes Bold
CHAPTER XII. LONGORIO MAKES BOLDUpon her arrival at La Feria Alaire discovered that the Federal depredations had been even greater than she had feared. Not only had the soldiers taken a great many head of cattle, but they had practically cleared the ranch of horses, leaving scarcely enough with which to carry on the work. Alaire's hacienda comprised a hundred thousand acres or more-- lacking a thorough survey, she had never determined exactly how much land she really owned--and the property fronted upon a stream of water. In any other country it would have been a garden of riches, but agriculture... Long Stories - Post by : ninja1023 - Date : May 2012 - Author : Rex Beach - Read : 864

Heart Of The Sunset - Chapter 11. Judge Ellsworth Exacts A Promise Heart Of The Sunset - Chapter 11. Judge Ellsworth Exacts A Promise

Heart Of The Sunset - Chapter 11. Judge Ellsworth Exacts A Promise
CHAPTER XI. JUDGE ELLSWORTH EXACTS A PROMISEOn his way to the Lewis ranch Dave Law had a struggle with himself. He had earned a reputation as a man of violent temper, and the time was not long past when a fraction of the insult Ed Austin had offered him would have provoked a vigorous counterblast. The fact that on this occasion he had managed to restrain himself argued an increase of self-control that especially gratified him, because his natural tendency to "fly off the handle" had led more than once to regrettable results. In fact, it was only since he had... Long Stories - Post by : ninja1023 - Date : May 2012 - Author : Rex Beach - Read : 1400

Heart Of The Sunset - Chapter 10. A Ranger's Horse Heart Of The Sunset - Chapter 10. A Ranger's Horse

Heart Of The Sunset - Chapter 10. A Ranger's Horse
CHAPTER X. A RANGER'S HORSEOnward through the dense foliage the two friends wound. Now and then they stopped to listen, but the rain was heavy enough to drown all other noises. Encountering fresh tracks finally, Dave leaned from his saddle and studied them. What he saw caused him to push forward with no diminution of stealth. He had gone perhaps half a mile when Bessie Belle raised her head, and he noted that her nostrils were working sensitively. A few yards farther on Law fancied that he could detect the smell of a wood fire. Almost without a signal from him... Long Stories - Post by : ninja1023 - Date : May 2012 - Author : Rex Beach - Read : 1960

Heart Of The Sunset - Chapter 9. A Scouting Trip Heart Of The Sunset - Chapter 9. A Scouting Trip

Heart Of The Sunset - Chapter 9. A Scouting Trip
CHAPTER IX. A SCOUTING TRIP"What ails you?" Law inquired as he and Blaze rolled away in the buckboard. "Serves me right for leaving my six-shooter at home," panted the rancher. "Well, I might have known they'd find me some day." "'They'? Who?" "That hombre and his wife--the woman with the mustache. They swore they'd get me, and it looks like they will, for I daresn't raise my hand to protect myself." This was very mystifying to Dave, and he said so. "The woman'll recognize me, quick enough," Blaze asserted, and then, "God knows what Paloma will do." "Really! Is it that... Long Stories - Post by : ninja1023 - Date : May 2012 - Author : Rex Beach - Read : 1615

Heart Of The Sunset - Chapter 5. Something About Heredity Heart Of The Sunset - Chapter 5. Something About Heredity

Heart Of The Sunset - Chapter 5. Something About Heredity
CHAPTER V. SOMETHING ABOUT HEREDITYIt had required but one generation to ripen the fruits of "Old Ed" Austin's lawlessness, and upon his son heredity had played one of her grimmest pranks. The father had had faults, but they were those of his virtues; he had been a strong man, at least, and had "ridden herd" upon his unruly passions with the same thoroughness as over his wild cattle. The result was that he had been universally respected. At first the son seemed destined to be like his father. It was not until "Young Ed" had reached his full manhood that his... Long Stories - Post by : ninja1023 - Date : May 2012 - Author : Rex Beach - Read : 810

Heart Of The Sunset - Chapter 4. An Evening At Las Palmas Heart Of The Sunset - Chapter 4. An Evening At Las Palmas

Heart Of The Sunset - Chapter 4. An Evening At Las Palmas
CHAPTER IV. AN EVENING AT LAS PALMASAlthough the lower counties of southwest Texas are flat and badly watered, they possess a rich soil. They are favored, too, by a kindly climate, subtropic in its mildness. The days are long and bright and breezy, while night brings a drenching dew that keeps the grasses green. Of late years there have been few of those distressing droughts that gave this part of the state an evil reputation, and there has been a corresponding increase in prosperity. The Rio Grande, jaundiced, erratic as an invalid, wrings its saffron blood from the clay bluffs and... Long Stories - Post by : ninja1023 - Date : May 2012 - Author : Rex Beach - Read : 1729