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By C.M. Curtis

A guy to be reckoned with. Martin Chambliss isn't a guy to be underestimated. A band of renegade Apaches make that mistake once they assault Chambliss and his fellow tourists. And while Chambliss is going at the hunt for 2 outlaws who've abducted the girl he loves, they examine that he's prepared to stick with them deep into Mexico, or into Hell itself, to save lots of her, and he’s now not afraid to spill blood if he has to.

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In truth, it used to be jokingly—and now not altogether inaccurately—said, that during Pick-Em-Up, if a guy wanted salt and pepper and flour, it intended 3 journeys to Shaw’s. Chambliss awaited his flip, pondering idly if it'd be Tory or her mom who attended him. He saw Tory as she helped a few of the different males within the shop. She used to be businesslike yet pleasant, occasionally joking and changing small pleasantries. With him, notwithstanding, while his flip eventually got here, she was once cool nearly to the purpose of being critical, asking simply questions that pertained to his purchases and delivering no reviews. Her mom had constantly taken care of him within the similar approach, and he puzzled why it used to be so. To his wisdom he had by no means performed something to offend them. actually, he had a very good dating with Ralph Shaw, who looked as if it would see him as a possible savior for his errant son. Chambliss persisted to ask yourself approximately Tory’s coolness towards him as he watched her fill his order—some foodstuff goods, a brand new blouse, and shovel handles. She totaled up his invoice and positioned his smaller purchases into the flour sack he had introduced. He paid and thanked her and left. His declare was once a couple of mile and a part north of city, and it didn’t take him lengthy to get there strolling. Having grown up with Indians, Chambliss loved to stroll, and he cherished to run, and he usually took an afternoon off from his labors and went exploring. Sometimes—especially whilst the elements was once cool—he would select a path or a selected path and opt for a run, and those runs may perhaps final a couple of hours or lots of the day. He took care whilst he ran to prevent being obvious, if attainable, remembering the events while humans, seeing him, had turn into alarmed, considering he used to be working from Apaches or another risk. He had tired a number of pairs of moccasins that approach, yet he had stumbled on a half-breed Apache lady outdoors Tombstone who did very good leatherwork and may make moccasins to his standards. He had even taught her the Ojibwe means of waterproofing them. Chambliss had spent a lot of his lifestyles round cattle, yet he had by no means raised farm animals for a dwelling. He made no pretensions to being a real cattleman, nor did he aspire to be the landlord of a large ranch just like the one Jane’s grandfather had outfitted. yet miners beloved to consume meat, and his small herd supplied him with a gentle source of revenue. He observed the livestock enterprise which will make a meager dwelling yet a bad strategy to try and get wealthy. the easy fact was once, the call for for pork in Pick-Em-Up used to be constrained via the scale of the city; additionally, there have been a couple of huge farm animals ranches within the quarter, a few of that have been opponents within the Pick-Em-Up industry. Chambliss’ declare represented one other resource of source of revenue, however it was once an source of revenue that fluctuated. He occasionally encountered wallet of silver, yet there have been lengthy stretches in among whilst the pickings have been narrow. What the mine did characterize was once the potential for unexpected wealth. This used to be now not an unrealistic desire. various males had walked clear of Pick-Em-Up with wealth jingling of their saddlebags. George Durfee were one among them.

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