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The Cross-Cut

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Published: 1921
Language: English
Wordcount: 78,790 / 227 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 88
LoC Category: PN
Downloads: 2,082
Added to site: 2006.12.14 15555
Genres: Western, Thriller

A Colorado mining story dealing with the attempt of "Squint" Rodain and his son to wrest the Blue Poppy Silver Mine from Robert Fairchild. A Western novel of high order -- with a superb plot, a realistic background and excellent characterization, this novel will engross the reader to the very end.

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each other in ten years--not since I went up to Indianapolis to have my last talk with him. Did he get any cheerier before--he went?"


"Just the same, huh? Always waiting?"

"Afraid of every step on the veranda, of every knock at the door."

Again the attorney stared out of the window.

"And you?"

"I?" Fairchild leaned forward in his chair. "I don't understand."

"Are you afraid?"

"Of what?"

The lawyer smiled.

"I don't know. Only--" and he leaned forward--"it's just as though I were living my younger days over this morning. It doesn't seem any time at all since your father was sitting just about where you are now, and gad, Boy, how much you look like he looked that morning! The same gray-blue, earnest eyes, the same dark hair, the same strong shoulders, and good, manly chin, the same build--and look of determination about him. The call of adventure was in his blood, and he sat there all enthusiastic, telling me what he intended doing and a



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