ISBN: 1104349906 / ISBN-13: 9781104349905
Oh, You Tex!
Excerpt: ...on the wall was striking three. The music had started for a dance. A girl in a spangled dress ran up to him. "Come on. Let's dance," she ... Show synopsis Excerpt: ...on the wall was striking three. The music had started for a dance. A girl in a spangled dress ran up to him. "Come on. Let's dance," she cried; then stopped and looked at him in surprise: "What's the matter with you?" The Ranger climbed up on the bar and beat upon it with the heel of his boot. The dancers stopped in their tracks as the music died. "The Kiowas are on the warpath. They've got two white men trapped on the big island below the bend. Gather all the horses, guns, and men you can. We start in twenty minutes." Cowboys left their partners standing in the middle of the floor. The musicians dropped their bows and fiddles. Bar-tenders left unfilled the orders they had just taken. For Indians in their war-paint were a fact always very near to the frontiersman, and whatever faults the Southwest may have had in those days, its warm heart answered instantly the call for help. The dancers scattered in all directions to get ready. A gong, beaten by the owner of the Bird Cage, rang out stridently into the quiet night to rally sleeping citizens. Children, wakened by the clamor, began to wail. Dogs barked. Excited men flung out questions and hurried away without waiting for answers. But out of the confusion came swift action. Each man looked to his own ammunition, weapons, horse. Women hurriedly put up lunches and packed saddlebags with supplies. In an incredibly short time a company of fifty riders had gathered in front of the Bird Cage. With the Ranger at their head, they went out of town at a fast trot. If there had been anybody there to notice it, he would have seen that the clock on the wall at the Bird Cage registered the time as twenty-seven minutes past three. CHAPTER XXII THE TEST When Ridley heard the faint plop of the Ranger's body as it dropped into the water, his heart died under the fifth rib. He was alone