A story of Colorado in the early 1880s; the types of cowboy, scout and pioneer; the life of the mine and the cattle ranch, are all drawn with a sureness of touch that comes only from first hand knowledge.
e slowly up the little squalid street, seemingly lost in a brown study and gazing abstractedly straight between his horse's ears, he was in reality keenly alive to his surroundings. Not a face or movement escaped him, and his mouth hardened ever so slightly as he noted a couple of C Bar horses tied to the hitching rail before the door of the Alcazar saloon. Dismounting leisurely before the grimy little shack which did combined duty as stationery store and post office, he nodded casually to the crowd of loafers about the entrance; if he noticed significant glances toward the horses tied to the railing across the street, he made no sign. And when the old postmaster quietly volunteered the information, "Matlock is in town," he merely smiled his comprehension and rolled a fresh cigarette. Matlock was the man whom he had so ignominiously dragged at his rope's end a month ago. And Matlock had been indiscreet of speech since.
At the door he turned and came back with his hand extended to his friend, "I am sure
A good western read. The author description of western scenery is sometimes distracting from the plot.
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