the matter seriously there came a staccato report and Billy
Byrne fell forward in a heap.
"God!" cried Eddie. "They got him now, they got him."
Byrne stirred and struggled to rise.
"Like'll they got me," he said, and staggered to his knees.
Over the breastwork he saw a half-dozen Indians running rapidly toward
the shelter--he saw them in a haze of red that was caused not by blood
but by anger. With an oath Billy Byrne leaped to his feet. From his
knees up his whole body was exposed to the enemy; but Billy cared not.
He was in a berserker rage. Whipping his carbine to his shoulder he let
drive at the advancing Indians who were now beyond hope of cover. They
must come on or be shot down where they were, so they came on, yelling
like devils and stopping momentarily to fire upon the rash white man who
stood so perfect a target before them.
But their haste spoiled their marksmanship. The bullets zinged and
zipped against the rocky little fortress, they nicked Billy's shirt and
trousers and hat, and all the while he stood there pumping lead into
his assailants--not hysterically; but with the cool deliberation of a
butcher slaughtering beeves.
One by one the Pimans dropped until but a single Indian rushed
frantically upon the white man, and then the last of the assailants
lunged forward across the breastwork with a bullet from Billy's carbine
through his forehead.
Eddie Shorter had raised himself painfully upon an elbow that he might
witness the battle, and when it was over he sank back, the blood welling
from between his set teeth.
Billy turned to look at him when the last of the Pimans was disposed
of, and seeing his condition kneeled beside him and took his head in the
hollow of an arm.
"You orter lie still," he cautioned the Kansan. "Tain't good for you to
move around much."
"It was worth it," whispered Eddie. "Say, but that was some scrap. You
got your nerve standin' up there against the bunch of 'em; but if you
hadn't they'd have rushed us and some of 'em would a-got in."
"Funny the boys don't come," said Billy.
"Yes," replied Eddie, with a sigh; "it's milkin' time now, an' I
figgered on goin' to Shawnee this evenin'. Them's nice cookies, maw.
Billy Byrne was bending low to catch his feeble words, and when the
voice trailed out into nothingness he lowered the tousled red head to
the hard earth and turned away.
Could it be that the thing which glistened on the eyelid of the toughest
guy on the West
" Jimmy arose and put on his hat and coat.Page 2
And then it was that he raised his eyes to those of the president.Page 3
"And now," he said, "if you birds love me, keep out of here from now until commencement.Page 14
It was simply beyond him to conceive that in one of the largest cities in the world, the center of a thriving district of fifty million souls, there was no business man with sufficient acumen to realize how badly he needed James Torrance, Jr.Page 16
Toward the middle of the fourth week Jimmy had reached a point where he applied for a position as office-boy.Page 30
He stopped a moment and looked into the window at the catsup bottles and sad-looking pies which the proprietor apparently seemed to think formed an artistic and attractive window display.Page 36
At noon its many tables were largely filled by staid and respectable business men, but at night a certain element of the underworld claimed it as their own, and there was always a sprinkling of people of the stage, artists, literary men.Page 49
And there before the eyes of half a dozen newspaper reporters, of a dozen wealthy.Page 52
"What do you mean?" asked Elizabeth.Page 65
" "Don't feel that way," said the girl.Page 67
I tell you, though," she said presently and more seriously, "I'm sorry on your account.Page 68
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" Nor was it the pay-roll only that claimed Jimmy's attention.Page 73
" Bince's eyes narrowed.Page 74
"It would be worth something of course," suggested Bince.Page 82
"Oh, some alarmist tale about somebody robbing father.Page 85
"I've known Murray for a long while, and I never knew him to do a decent thing in his life.Page 95
He was in this position when he was startled by a gruff voice behind him.Page 101
She went directly to her apartment and presently took down the telephone-receiver, and after calling a public phone in a building down-town, she listened intently while the operator was getting her connection, and before the connection was made she hung up the receiver with a smile, for she had distinctly heard the sound of a man's breathing over the line, and she knew that in all probability O'Donnell had tapped in immediately on learning that she had been released from jail.Page 113
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