By Louis L'Amour
Significant James Brionne introduced Dave Allard to trial for homicide. in advance of the striking, Dave swore his brothers may take vengenance. . .Four 12 months later the Allard boys retumed to settle the rating. basically Brionne's son escaped. They murdered his spouse, destroyed his domestic, and left Brionne not anything however the charred ruins of his earlier to hang-out him. looking peace and a brand new lifestyles, Brionne and the boy headed west. however the Allards hadn't entire with him. He knew they might name him for a showdown-and this time he'd be prepared . . . .
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He accepted the fact. But there are many hits that do not kill, and he hoped the shot that hit him would be one of those. On the other hand, he planned to make sure of his own bullet. Brionne knew that he would probably fire only one shot. He intended that should be enough. Chapter 1 THE NIGHT BROUGHT a soft wind. It came gently, flowing through the gaps in the Blue Ridge Mountains and spilling over the valleys below, rustling the leaves outside the big house. They rustled, were still, then again they stirred.
He spoke with astonishment. ” Cotton Allard stepped further into the room. The newel post at the foot of the stairs bulked between them. “You have come here to see Major Brionne,” Anne Brionne said calmly. “He is not at home. This is not an hour at which we welcome guests. ” Cotton Allard was frankly admiring. “There sets a real lady. I allus wondered what them kind was like. ” Cotton Allard deliberately rolled his quid in his jaws and spat tobacco juice on the Persian rug. ” He turned toward the other man.
He questioned. ” “Well, actually it’s south of here. It’s a very rich mine. ” “I know of no silver mine around here,” Pat said. ” Pat began to coil a rope, taking his time. Finally he spoke without looking up. ” “But that would be foolish,” she said. “Uncle Rody left me the mine. ” Brionne was watching Pat, and he was quite sure he knew what was coming. At least, he could guess what Pat was thinking. The West was full of mines; some of them were very rich, but most of them paid off in nothing but dreams and hard work.