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The Free Lances

A Romance of the Mexican Valley

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Published: 1888
Language: English
Wordcount: 88,895 / 265 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 56.5
LoC Category: PN
Downloads: 1,016
Added to site: 2009.02.05
mnybks.net#: 23355
Origin: gutenberg.org
Genre: Adventure
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re him, along with a half-score of his confreres--old Texans of the pure breed--who having taken part in most of the struggles of the young Republic, had strayed back to New Orleans, partly for a spree, and partly to recruit fresh comrades to aid them in propagating that principle which had first taken them to Texas-- the "Monroe Doctrine."

To these the young Irishman was at once confidentially introduced, and "stood drinks" freely. He would have done so without care of what was to come of it; since it was but the habit of his generous nation. Nor would this of itself have given him any great advantage, for not long after entering the room, he discovered that not only drinks, but dollars, were distributed freely by the opposition party, who seemed earnestly bent upon making a captain of their candidate.

As yet Kearney had not looked upon his competitor, and was even ignorant of his name. Soon, however, it was communicated to him, just as the man himself, escorted by a number of friends,

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