The Story of the Foss River Ranch

(The Devil's Keg)

Author: Ridgwell Cullum (Sidney Groves Burghard)
Published: 1903
Language: English
Wordcount: 97,710 / 286 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 86
LoC Category: PS
Downloads: 809
Added to site: 2007.12.01
mnybks.net#: 19209
Origin: gutenberg.org
Genres: Adventure, Western
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Western Canada is the scene. "Jacky" Allandale, the heroine, has for years managed her uncle's ranch when she discovers that he is losing constantly at poker and beginning to drink to forget his fears of losing his ranch to a money-lender who has made up his mind to marry "Jacky." The plucky girl's plan to outwit the scoundrel, in which she is aided by the half-breeds on the ranch, makes an exciting and complicated story.

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e entire responsibility of her uncle's ranch upon her shoulders. Living in a very hornet's nest of blacklegs and--and--"

"Gamblers," put in the man, quietly.

"Yes," Aunt Margaret went on defiantly, "gamblers. With the certain knowledge that the home she struggles for, through no fault of her own, is passing into the hands of a man she hates and despises--"

"And who by the way is in love with her." "Lord" Bill's mouth was curiously pursed.

"What pleasure can she have?" exclaimed Mrs. Abbot, vehemently. "Sometimes, much as I am attached to John, I feel as if I should like to--to bang him!"

"Poor old John!" Bill's bantering tone nettled the old lady, but she said no more. Her anger against those she loved could not last long.

"'Poker' John loves his niece," the man went on, as his companion remained silent. "There is nothing in the world he would not do for her, if it lay within his power."

"Then let him leave poker alone. His gambling is breaking her heart."

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