Down the Mother Lode

Pioneer Tales of California

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Author: Vivia Hemphill
Published: 1922
Language: English
Wordcount: 25,868 / 72 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 75.9
LoC Category: PS
Downloads: 225
mnybks.net#: 3449
Origin: gutenberg.org

One Sunday in Stinson's Bar -- The Tom Bell stronghold -- The hanging of Charlie Price -- Rattlesnake Dick -- Indian vengeance -- Grizzly Bob of Snake Gulch -- Curley Coppers the Jack -- The race of the shoestring gamblers -- The dragon and the tomahawk -- The Barstow lynching.

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ter's blessing and the backing of twenty god-fathers!

The holy old church service which he had heard at home in stately English cathedrals - the nuggets in the contribution plate - the radiant bride who had come across the plains to hear "Dearly Beloved, We are gathered together," standing beside the man she loved. The service for the dying: "When we shall have served thee in our generation we may be gathered unto our Fathers, having the testimony of a good conscience, the confidence of a certain faith, in favor with Thee our God, and in perfect charity with the world." So, Jim Muldoon, cut down before his time, and his slayer out there in the darkness on the end of a rope.

The dying candle picked out in flame a withered cabbage rose under the table; a baby's mitten, the letter written for the man who had died, the Mexican's sombrero on a chair, the gilt sun and moon and stars on the glass face of the grandfather clock by the window.

Duncan's head fell forward in his clasped arms on the t

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