A Tenderfoot in Colorado (Timberline Book) by R. B. Townshend

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Jake Chisholm. In short my tobacco-selling friends wanted to hedge. A little before twelve o'clock Jake returned, his business done, and carried me off. There was a real warmth of friendliness about the man that fairly won my heart, and I told him of my being taken in by the high-sounding title of Professor McDowell's Museum, as I had told the Steinbergers. He did laugh! " Why, it's one of the lowest dives around town," he said, "and I am damned glad you got safe out of it. " "I suppose they go on more or less all night there," I said, " and the reason I ran on to nobody but that boy was that the others were sleeping it off ?

Could this be the sort of critical moment he had in mind? No, impossible! Crocker had thrown the deadly thing on the bed, and was only eager now to make quite absolutely sure I was not ,hurt. It was not in me to doubt his real sincerity. Nevertheless, here was I, a tenderfoot, all alone out in this new country, this Wild West, with its well-known and most deadly reputation for crimes of violence; and of course the odious suspicions would not quite go. However, I declared myself satisfied with my friend's apologies; yes, and more than satisfied with this my first lesson on pistols and how to handle them.

I suppose you could hardly believe that? " " Indeed I can," said I, "and I am truly proud to have such a backer. " and I told him my name and who I was. By this time the Governor had polished off Bill Updike, so my friendly neighbour performed the introduction. Governor Gilpin received me cordially, shook hands, and at once began to hold forth on what most particnlarly interested him just now, 42 THE TALE OF A TENDERFOOT namely the exploration of the Grand Canon of the Colorado River. "The greatest gash on the earth's surface, Mr.

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