Leadville (Steve Dancy Tale) by James D. Best

By James D. Best

While long island urban shopkeeper Steve Dancy moved west to adventure the frontier, he wound up embroiled in a dangerous feud ... a feud he was once pressured to settle with weapons. Now all he desires to do is stick to up on a number of company pursuits, write approximately his adventures, and proceed his exploration of the West. yet within the autumn of 1879, Joseph McAllen asks Dancy for support. Ute renegades have kidnapped a tender lady close to Mesa Verde, Colorado, and the Pinkerton captain desires him to affix the rescue social gathering. strangely, the path does not lead into the San Juan Mountains, yet to Leadville -- a wealthy mining city teeming with the worst parts of a uncooked frontier. sour feuds, vendettas, and greed flip the affair right into a bloody clash that spans the country. Dancy has confirmed that he can deal with himself in harmful events. yet will this shopkeeper live on the perils of an untamed mountain desolate tract?

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A. ” I asked. ” Jeff Sharp squinted at the telegram as if it hid additional information. Rubbing the back of his neck, he added, “He can’t make it. ” Sharp handed me the telegram. ” I read the telegram and absentmindedly ran my fingers through my hair. I needed a haircut. Although I had been out West for over a year, I remained vain about my sandy-colored hair. When it was neat and trimmed, I thought I looked the handsome gent, no matter how I dressed. After a second reading, I shook my head. “Doesn’t say much.

Breakfast had been slight, and our noonday meal had been apples eaten in the saddle. Suddenly, out of the gathering gloom, I saw McAllen and Sharp ride toward us. I hoped we were still distant enough from our prey that we could have a campfire to ward off the chill. I needed to get used to the hardship ahead, but I liked comforts. City upbringing, I guess. ” McAllen asked. ” That was the eighteenth word Red had spoken since we had separated. I had been so bored, I had counted. ” We all looked where McAllen pointed, but it was getting so dark I could barely make out two rocky ridges protruding into the narrowing valley about a quarter mile ahead.

I threw a plate against the wall and whipped around with my gun out. Two men had guns drawn and pointed at me, and I shot them. ” The marshal did not appear convinced. ” This surprising revelation came from Captain McAllen. The marshal raised an eyebrow toward McAllen, but before he could explain, the doctor barreled into the kitchen with a deputy right behind him. Now there were seven men in a room already crowded with a hot stove, work tables, cabinets, and a sobbing woman. ” the doctor shouted.

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