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The Law-Breakers

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Author: Ridgwell Cullum (Sidney Groves Burghard)
Published: 1914
Language: English
Wordcount: 134,039 / 388 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 80.1
LoC Category: PS
Downloads: 1,811
Added to site: 2009.09.11 25252

A tale of suspense and mystery, with scenes laid in western Canada.

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moments. The sound which had been growing had almost died out and was being replaced by the hammering of the cars as they closed up against each other. The train was stopping.

He was looking up now full of interest, and one hand went up to his head, and its fingers raked among the roots of his hair. Suddenly the engine bell began to clang violently. There was distinctly a note of protest in the sound. Something was wrong. He swung round and looked at his signal. Say--was he dreaming? What on earth----? Half an hour ago he had lowered the semaphore, at least he had set the lever over, and now--now it was set against the train!

For a second he stared at the offending arm, then, as the bell clanged still more violently, he dashed across the intervening space to remedy his mistake.

But now incident crowded upon him. He was quite right. The lever was set as it should be set. His practiced eye glanced rapidly down the connecting rod to discover the source of the trouble, and further amazement

Reader Reviews

Average Rating of 3 from 1 reviews: ***
Henry L. Ratliff

(1914) Adventure (Canadian western) / Crime(Smuggling) / Police (R.C.M.P.) / Romance

R: * * *

Plot bullets

  • Rocky Springs, in Canada, is the seat of whiskey smuggling. Everyone knows this, even the Mounties. Getting proof against those responsible is the problem.

  • The career of a Mounty, Inspector Stanly Filus, is pitted against a clever organization.

  • A brother, Bill, is pitted against the law in defense of his brother Charlie, a prime suspect.

  • The lives of two girls, Helen and Kate, and these three men are at stake in what is a duty to some, a business to others and perhaps, strangely enough a whim to another.

  • That which seems obvious, may not be so. Who are the guilty? Who are, 'The Law-Breakers'?



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