By Louis L'Amour
Clay Bell spent the final six years struggling with Indians, rustlers, and the desolate tract itself to make the B-Bar ranch the prize of the Deep Creek diversity. yet Jud Devitt, a ruthless speculator from the East, now threatens every thing Clay has labored for. Devitt, keeping a freelance with the Mexican imperative to bring railroad ties, desires to harvest trees off the land the place Clay grazes his farm animals. Backing Devitt are shady politicians, a bent banker, and fifty of the hardest lumberjacks within the county. yet as Colleen Riley, Devitt’s fiancée, realizes the brutal online game he’s enjoying, her disapproval of his activities, and Clay Bell’s seen integrity and style, pull her towards a future that might tip the scales of their bloody conflict over trees and farm animals.
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Sure, Boss,” Coffin was reluctant, “only I surely wanted to see that blonde again. ” “You get back to the ranch. ” The move from Stone Cup to Deep Creek was not due for two weeks, but it would have a dual effect. It would indicate definitely where he meant to make his stand; and also, if something went wrong, his cattle would have the benefit of that extra two weeks on good grass, where there was plenty of water. He walked his horse along the street to Tinker House, studying the situation. There were not many ranches in this part of the country, and his was the best range within miles, yet without Deep Creek he could never make a go of it with what remained.
And it’s a cinch Devitt didn’t fall into this by accident. It looks like he came all primed to strip the logs off this range. ” Clay Bell walked to the veranda and sat down. He built a smoke while mentally reviewing the approaches to Deep Creek. The only two routes belonged to him. For a time he could deny access to the inner valley. But if Devitt acquired a right from the government he could not legally refuse right of way across his ranch. He must think of everything first, to be ready, then sit tight and let Devitt make the first move.
He liked the town, the shabby red of the brick buildings, the two squat, powerful structures of gray stone, and the jerry-built stores, false-fronted and clapboarded that made up the rest of it. He even liked the worn and polished hitch rails, the shadows under the awnings. After a long time of belonging nowhere, he had come to rest here, and he liked it. ” The stranger’s smile was tolerant. ” Clay looked at him through his cigarette smoke, his eyes faintly amused. “Well, now! That’s right interesting, I expect.