The Boy Ranchers on Roaring River

or Diamond X and the Chinese Smugglers

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Published: 1926
Language: English
Wordcount: 47,370 / 139 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 90.3
LoC Category: PZ
Series: Boy Ranchers
Downloads: 1,875
Added to site: 2008.10.30
mnybks.net#: 22497
Origin: gutenberg.org
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Bud's father. While there they were confronted with a strange situation, regarding the searchings of a college scientist, Dr. Hendryx Wright, who was discovered digging near the Diamond X holdings. At first it was thought that he was looking for a lost gold mine, but later developments brought to light the fact that his purpose was to unearth the bones of a prehistoric monster for his college museum.

The adventures of the boys while on the ranch were also concerned with Del Pinzo, a villainous half-breed, who nearly succeeded in bringing the career of all to a sudden close. After successfully overcoming all their difficulties, Nort and Dick decided to form a partnership with their cousin Bud, and they located on a ranch in "Happy Valley" which Bud's father bought for them.

In the several volumes following was related how the boy ranchers went to camp, and how they took the trail, and the exciting times they had in rounding up a band of Yaqui Indians who had escaped from their reservation and wer

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Average Rating of 5 from 1 reviews: *****
2008.11.05
Greg Homer
*****

The 'Boy Ranchers..' adventure series was always one of the better efforts coming out of the 1920s literature for boys. The books in this series chronicle the adventures of Jerry, Blake, and Squeaker (the Boy Ranchers) and the challenges they face raising cattle in the west.

This particular addition to the canon breaks the traditional mold found in the other 'Boy Rancher..' books. In 'The Boy Ranchers on Roaring River' we find all three of the boys addicted to 'diet pills', 'goof balls' and other drugs. Blake and Squeaker attempt to sell one of Jerry's kidneys to wealthy land owner Bryce DelaCroix, to get money to buy more goof balls and diet pills. Fortunately, the boy's housekeeper Mrs. Lundergaard again comes to the rescue, as she comes up with the money, raised from her illegal backroom abortion business.

The 'Roaring River' from the title apparently refers to Roaring River heroin; a particularly potent and addictive strain of the opiate.


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