troop of cavalry out here in the open. If you take my horse we can both
get out of it, and later I'll see you in Rio. Good-bye, Billy, I'm off
for town," and Bridge turned and started back along the road on foot.
Billy watched him in silence for a moment. The truth of Bridge's
statement of fact was so apparent that Billy was forced to accept the
plan. A moment later he transferred the bags of loot to Bridge's pony,
swung into the saddle, and took a last backward look at the diminishing
figure of the man swinging along in the direction of Cuivaca.
"Say," he muttered to himself; "but you're a right one, bo," and
wheeling to the north he clapped his spurs to his new mount and loped
easily off into the night.
CHAPTER XI. BARBARA RELEASES A CONSPIRATOR
IT was a week later, yet Grayson still was growling about the loss of
"that there Brazos pony." Grayson, the boss, and the boss's daughter
were sitting upon the veranda of the ranchhouse when the foreman
reverted to the subject.
"I knew I didn't have no business hirin' a man thet can't ride," he
said. "Why thet there Brazos pony never did stumble, an' if he'd of
stumbled he'd a-stood aroun' a year waitin' to be caught up agin. I jest
cain't figger it out no ways how thet there tenderfoot bookkeeper lost
him. He must a-shooed him away with a stick. An' saddle an' bridle an'
all gone too. Doggone it!"
"I'm the one who should be peeved," spoke up the girl with a wry smile.
"Brazos was my pony. He's the one you picked out for me to ride while
I am here; but I am sure poor Mr. Bridge feels as badly about it as
anyone, and I know that he couldn't help it. We shouldn't be too hard
on him. We might just as well attempt to hold him responsible for the
looting of the bank and the loss of the pay-roll money."
"Well," said Grayson, "I give him thet horse 'cause I knew he couldn't
ride, an' thet was the safest horse in the cavvy. I wisht I'd given him
Santa Anna instid--I wouldn't a-minded losin' him. There won't no one
ride him anyhow he's thet ornery."
"The thing that surprises me most," remarked the boss, "is that Brazos
doesn't come back. He was foaled on this range, and he's never been
ridden anywhere else, has he?"
"He was foaled right here on this ranch," Grayson corrected him, "and
he ain't never been more'n a hundred mile
The brazen assurance with which the lad crossed the lawn and mounted the steps to the verandah suggested a familiarity with the habits and customs of the inmates of the house upon the hill which bespoke long and careful study of the contemplated job.Page 2
With knees that still trembled a bit he crossed the room and passed out into the hallway, descended the stairs, and stood again in the library.Page 5
"We ain't runnin' no day nursery.Page 7
Columbus Blackie, The General, and Dirty Eddie were formally presented.Page 14
That robbery.Page 15
' Reginald Paynter had been, if not the only, at all events the best dressed man in town.Page 28
a THING?" "Come! come! now," Bridge tried to soothe him.Page 34
"The little shrimp tried to croak me; but he only creased my ribs.Page 37
It was during a period of thoughtful silence when the night was darkest just before the dawn and the rain had settled to a dismal drizzle unrelieved by lightning or by thunder that the five occupants of the room were suddenly startled by a strange pattering sound from the floor below.Page 38
"Please! Please!" he cried.Page 48
The youth he sent to the nearby brook for water after selecting the least dirty of the several empty tin cans lying about the floor of the summer kitchen.Page 50
Even these papers seem thinner than of yore and they will only sell one book to a customer at that.Page 56
Willie leaped to the running board.Page 62
girl reappeared dragging a boy with her--a wide-eyed, terrified, country boy who begged and blubbered to no avail.Page 86
I don't know why they did this.Page 88
" Once again the telephone bell rang, long and insistently.Page 89
" The boy pressed close to the man.Page 91
doubt if anything I can say to you will alter your determination for the reason that if all the brains in this crowd were collected in one individual he still wouldn't have enough with which to weigh the most obvious evidence intelligently, but I shall present the evidence, and you can tell some intelligent people about it tomorrow.Page 93
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