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A Texan Rides the Trouble Trail

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Published: 1943
Language: English
Wordcount: 8,138 / 23 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 91.5
LoC Category: PS
Downloads: 1,657
Added to site: 2008.04.02
mnybks.net#: 20476
Genres: Western, Short Story
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seem to be busy," Houston said.

"Not so busy," the gambler replied. "Have a chair and try your luck. My name's Gadley, commonly known as 'Silky' because once I owned a silk shirt. That wasn't in Vista. That was in a town where men risked a dollar now and then."

"Deal a little two-handed stud," Houston said "I'm bringing forth some money. My name's Houston, just got in from Texas. Got a little business to 'tend to here."

They began playing stud in a listless manner. Houston glanced at the Three S men frequently as they stood at the bar in whispered conversation, and "Silky" Gadley watched Houston. The gambler was a tall, thin, middle-aged man fastidiously dressed, and had the icy manner peculiar to his kind.

"Somebody shot at me before I'd been in town fifteen minutes," Houston said, so the others in the room could hear. "I can't guess at the meanin' of it. I'm a stranger here, and never had a ruckus with any of the citizens, far as I know."

"Mebbe it was a mistake," Gadley s

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