By Louis L'Amour
Significant James Brionne introduced Dave Allard to trial for homicide. ahead of the putting, Dave swore his brothers might take vengenance. . .Four yr later the Allard boys retumed to settle the ranking. merely Brionne's son escaped. They murdered his spouse, destroyed his domestic, and left Brionne not anything however the charred ruins of his previous to hang-out him. looking peace and a brand new lifestyles, Brionne and the boy headed west. however the Allards hadn't entire with him. He knew they might name him for a showdown-and this time he'd be prepared . . . .
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Mistaken identity perhaps. Or they might think I am doing some investigation for the government. There are people who know that I am close to Grant, and there have been some people who are stealing from the government, who may think that I am coming out to uncover their crimes... "Being shot at is distasteful," he added. " Mat asked. "Catch the next train, I suppose. Now you'd better get some sleep. " 4 Promontory was a row of weather-beaten shacks and tents facing the railroad. A sign proclaimed PACIFIC HOTEL: Soda Water.
Nor, judging by Pat's attitude, was he going to learn anything more from him. Where had Mowry been when that shot was fired at him? It was characteristic of James Brionne that he made his decision instantly, saying nothing of it to anyone. Miranda Loften was there, with Pat's small family and two members of the train crew who boarded with them when in Promontory. One of the trainmen casually mentioned that they were going east with a lot of empties. When supper was over, Brionne followed the trainman to the door to get a breath of air, and offered him a cigar.
These horses moved almost silently, which was not like his father's coming would be. The curtains at the window were open, and in the faint light Mat could see the hands of the clock. He had just learned to tell time, and was very aware of each hour. It was past midnight. As he listened, the sounds ceased. Uneasy, remembering the stories of Indians and of renegades, he slipped from his bed and peered down into the yard. For a moment he saw nothing, and then he caught the shine of an empty saddle, then a surreptitious movement in the shadows near a tree.