Ben's Nugget, Or, a Boy's Search for Fortune; A Story of the Pacific Coast

Ben's Nugget, Or, a Boy's Search for Fortune; A Story of the Pacific Coast

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1882 edition. Excerpt: ...that the men he hated were likely to be put out of the way, there was in his heart a sensation of fear, and he involuntarily shuddered when he reflected that if justice were done he would be in the place of these men who were about to suffer a shameful death. Moreover, he knew that some day it were far from improbable that he himself would be figuring in a similar scene as a chief actor, or rather chief victim. So, though he exulted, he also trembled. Meanwhile the place of execution had been reach ed. Then it was discovered that one important aocelsory to the contemplated tragedy was lackinga rope. So one of the party was sent to the hotel for a rope, being instructed by Jim Brown where to find it. It seemed the last chance for an appeal, and, hopeless as it seemed, Richard Dewey resolved to improve it. "Gentlemen," he said-in a solemn tone, "I call God to witness that you are about to put to death four innocent men." "Enough of that l" said Jim Brown, roughly. "We don't want to hear any more of your talk." But Dewey did not stop. "You have condemned us," he proceeded, "on the testimony of two as armnt scoundrels as can be found in California;" and he pointed scornfully at Bill Mosely and his part ner. "Are you goin' to let him insult us?" asked Mosely in the tone of a wronged man. "That don't go down, stranger," said Jim Brown. "We know you're guilty, and that's enough." "You know it? How do you know it?" retorted Dewey. "What proof is there except the word of two thieves and liars who deserve the fate which you are preparing for us?" "Hang 'em up l" shouted...show more

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  • Paperback | 46 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 3mm | 100g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236778359
  • 9781236778352