By Louis L'Amour

It was once only a godforsaken mountainside, yet no position on the earth used to be richer in silver. For a bustling, enterprising the United States, this was once the nice bonanza. The dreamers, the stressed, the developers, the vultures—they have been lured by way of the glittering promise of immediate riches and survived the brutal hardships of a mining camp to elevate a mythical increase city. yet a few sought greater than wealth. Val Trevallion, a loner haunted via a violent previous. Grita Redaway, a radiantly appealing actress pushed by way of an unfulfilled desire. fiercely self sustaining spirits, jointly they rose above the demanding situations of the Comstock to stake a daring declare at the destiny.

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A man in a store-bought suit, a pale man with hollows at his temples, stood by and watched the purchase completed. He was neatly dressed but he did not smile, merely watched through pale eyes. His beard was sparse but carefully trimmed. A farmer standing by lighted his pipe and glanced at Tom Trevallion. “You made you a good deal. Mighty lucky to have that much. Two hundred dollars is about a year’s income for a farmer, these days. ” The woman took the coins Tom Trevallion paid her, and the man with the pale eyes stepped quickly forward, reaching for one of the coins.

Yes. Aunt Ellen. ” Val hesitated, hanging his thumbs in his pants pockets. “Wish you could stay with us, though. ” He flushed. ” His father wrote a letter, and it went down the river on a steamboat, and then they waited. Kirby came around to see them. “Tom,” he said, “if you’re figuring on going west, you’d best go. ” “I’ll wait until I hear from her aunt,” he said. Kirby studied him. He had grown thinner, the bones in his face seemed sharper. “You’ve got a fine boy, there,” he said. ” Tom Trevallion stood quiet for a minute or so, and then he said, “I miss her, too.

I am going to kill them. ” Ward was silent for a few minutes. “Know how you feel, boy, but remember what the Good Book says? ’ The evil men do catches up with them, boy. ” Val said nothing. Within him there was a resolution, a hard core of something that no words could touch. He could only remember his mother and how his father had been while she lived. His mother and Grita’s mother had been brutally murdered, and the men who had done it were free. “You got your life to live, boy. You get taken up with thoughts of killin’ those men…A man can lose sight of everything else when he’s bent on revenge, and it ain’t worth it.

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