In the Last Degree Edwin Arnold Brenholtz

ISBN: 9781230314693

Published: September 12th 2013

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In the Last Degree  by  Edwin Arnold Brenholtz

In the Last Degree by Edwin Arnold Brenholtz
September 12th 2013 | Paperback | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, audiobook, mp3, ZIP | 26 pages | ISBN: 9781230314693 | 3.25 Mb

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. 1904 edition. Excerpt: ... BAFFLED DESTINY HEMoreThis 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. 1904 edition. Excerpt: ... BAFFLED DESTINY HE jury--composed of five men--stood in the shade at the edge of the timber and were looking at the smoke curl lazily out of the rudely built chimney of the only completed building in Nancys Gulch- a building which, for the time, had to serve for all possible public and some private uses, and which, today, was being utilized as Court House and Jail, as well.

The clear Colorado air was very cold, and they had sought the timber as a wind break, and, for as long as five minutes, the only sound that obtruded itself was the rushing of the wind through the spruce branches and the labored breathing of one of the jurors as he puffed at his pipe. At last he took it from between his teeth and carefully knocked it against the trunk of the tree by which he had been standing, and then proceeded to refill it. His companions waited for him to speak, and after he had a satisfactory amount of smoke rilling his mouth at each inhalation he drawled out, Well boys, I reckon its got to be done.

When a man makes no defense, and everlasting bad character is proved by every human in the camp, and all the circumstances point right at him, --what else can one say but, Guilty: and thats my say so. And mine, and mine, said each of the others in turn, without removing their pipes from their mouths- and so they turned their backs on the Cochetopa Hills and walked down the little trail--made by Nancys feet as she traveled to the mountain stream for water.

They were not accompanied by any deputy sheriff to see that they were not tampered with. What would have been the use? The thirty-one inhabitants of Nancys Gulch were, --with the exception of these five, and three others, --right inside of the building- and, though Olie Rankin had insisted that...



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