Bill Cardigan is a lifetime resident of California's Tall Timber country, so when evil land-baron Howard Fallon arrives with a team of lumberjacks to strip the territory of its trees, Cardigan tries to stop them -- only to discover that Fallon has the law on his side. Eventually, Cardigan finds an unexpected ally in the form of saloon girl Lee Roberts, and the conflict rises to a new level.
ed-over lands back of the town and commanding a view of the bay, with the dark-forested hills in back and the little second-growth redwoods flourishing in the front yard, he built her the finest home in Sequoia. He had reserved this building-site in a vague hope that some day he might utilize it for this very purpose, and here he spent with her three wonderfully happy years. Here his son Bryce was born, and here, two days later, the new-made mother made the supreme sacrifice of maternity.
For half a day following the destruction of his Eden John Cardigan sat dumbly beside his wife, his great, hard hand caressing the auburn head whose every thought for three years had been his happiness and comfort. Then the doctor came to him and mentioned the matter of funeral arrangements.
Cardigan looked up at him blankly. "Funeral arrangements?" he murmured. "Funeral arrangements?" He passed his gnarled hand over his leonine head. "Ah, yes, I suppose so. I shall attend to it."
He rose and left the house, walking
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