The White Devil of Verde; A Story of the West

The White Devil of Verde; A Story of the West

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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. 1898 edition. Excerpt: ...We'll let her plan the campaign an' she'll think she's doin' all the fightin'!" At daybreak the men were moving about, and Michaelson had begun to dig a grave for the body of Hartley. Marcia had helped him select a spot, where a pine had grown from under a huge boulder and then lifted its head, straight and upright, under the glorious sky. They dug the grave deep and broad, and lowered the body below, as it was, with the head toward the east, and covered it carefully with sweet green pine branches for a shroud and coffin. When they piled the earth back, Marcia stood calm and dignified and would not let herself give way-to her feelings as she had done the night before. They mixed the earth well with the heaviest stones that they could carry, so that the coyotes could not paw up the newly-made grave. After the excavation was filled up, they covered it flatly with yellow sand, so that the mark of it was lost in the wilderness, and only those who had dug the grave, and she who knew the contour of the tree and the rock which formed the headstone, could hunt it out in the desert and offer their prayers there. The silent men had stood around the grave with their sombreros in their hands, and Michaelson 'and his lieutenant had dug silently, and then when it was all over they walked away in groups and sat down in silence. Even to their hardened hearts, there seemed something pathetic in the death of this tender young fellow, as gentle as a girl, yet as brave as the most daring of them. It seemed a sad and lonely and desolate end for a fellow reared in luxury, and born only for comfort and the better things of life. They did not talk much about it, but they felt a great deal. Their faces told it and their whispered...show more

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  • Paperback
  • 189 x 246 x 3mm | 104g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236887786
  • 9781236887788