The Happy Family

Published: 1907
Language: English
Wordcount: 68,162 / 195 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 87.4
LoC Category: PS
Downloads: 1,300
Added to site: 2004.11.15
mnybks.net#: 9305
Origin: gutenberg.org
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From murder to mirth! Nine rollicking yarns of the cow country make up "A Happy Family," and in all of them Ananias Green, that Sandow of liars, is the star.

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man, including the cook, listening intently. He picked a blade of new grass and began splitting it into tiny threads. The host found boxes for the women to sit upon, and the men sat down upon the grass.

"Before I come here to work, I was riding for the Circle C. One day I was riding away down in the Bad-lands alone and my horse slipped in some shale rock and went lame; strained his shoulder so I couldn't ride him. That put me afoot, and climbing up and down them hills I lost my bearings and didn't know where I was at for a day or two. I wandered around aimless, and got into a strip uh country that was new to me and plumb lonesome and wild.

"That second day is when I happened across this ruin. I was looking down into a deep, shut-in coulee, hunting water, when the sun come out and shone straight on to this place. It was right down under me; a stone ruin, with a tower on one end and kinda tumbled down so it wasn't so awful high--the tower wasn't. There was a--a--"

"Moat," Branciforte suggested.

"Tha

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