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TheProjectGutenbergEBookofOverthePass,byFrederickPalmer ThiseBookisfortheuseofanyoneanywhereatnocostandwithalmostno restrictionswhatsoever Youmaycopyit,giveitawayorre-useitunderthe termsoftheProjectGutenbergLicenseincludedwiththiseBookoronlineat www.gutenberg.net Title:OverthePass Author:FrederickPalmer ReleaseDate:February4,2004[EBook#10932] Language:English ***STARTOFTHISPROJECTGUTENBERGEBOOKOVERTHEPASS *** ProducedbyAudreyLonghurst,MaryMeehan,andtheOnlineDistributed ProofreadingTeam OVERTHEPASS BYFREDERICKPALMER AUTHOROFTHEVAGABOND,DANBURYRODD,ETC 1912 CONTENTS PARTI—ANEASYTRAVELLER CHAPTER IYOUTHINSPURS IIDINOSAURORDESPERADO IIIJACKRIDESINCOMPANY IVHECARRIESTHEMAIL VASMILEANDASQUARECHIN VIOBLIVIONISNOTEASY VIIWHATHAPPENEDATLANG'S VIIIACCORDINGTOCODE IXTHEDEVILISOUT XMARYEXPLAINS XISEÑORDON'TCARERECEIVES XIIMARYBRINGSTRIBUTE XIIIAJOURNEYONCRUTCHES XIV"HOWFASTYOUSEW!" XVWHENTHEDESERTBLOOMS XVIACHANGEOFMIND XVIITHEDOGESNAPSARUBBERBAND XVIIIANOTHERSTRANGERARRIVES XIXLOOKINGOVERPRECIPICES XXAPUZZLEDAMBASSADOR XXI"GOOD-BY,LITTLERIVERS!" XXII"LUCK,JACK,LUCK!" PARTII—HEFINDSHIMSELF XXIIILABELLEDANDSHIPPED XXIVINTHECITADELOFTHEMILLIONS XXV"BUTWITHYOU,YES,SIR!" XXVIIBYRIGHTOFANCESTRY XXVIIIJACKGETSARAISE XXIXAMEETINGONTHEAVENUETRAIL XXXWITHTHEPHANTOMS XXXIPRATHERWOULDNOTWAIT XXXIIACRISISINTHEWINGFIELDLIBRARY XXXIIIPRATHERSEESTHEPORTRAIT XXXIV"JOHNWINGFIELD,YOU—" PARTIII—HEFINDSHISPLACEINLIFE XXXVBACKTOLITTLERIVERS XXXVIAROUNDTHEWATER-HOLE XXXVIITHEENDOFTHEWEAVING XXXVIIITHEIRSIDEOFTHEPASS PARTI ANEASYTRAVELLER I YOUTHINSPURS Heretimewasasnothing;heresunsetandsunrisewereasincidentsofan uncalendared,everlastingday;herechaoticgrandeurwasthatoftheearth'scrust whenitcooledafterthelastconvulsivemovementofgenesis InalltheregionabouttheGaleriaPassthesilenceofthedryArizonaairseemed luminousandeternal WhoeverclimbedtothecrotchofthatV,cutjagged againsttheskyfordistancesyetunreckonedbytouristfolders,mighthavethe rewardofpitchingthetentsofhisimaginationatthegatewayoftheclouds Earlyonacertainafternoonhewouldhavenotedtotheeastwardaspeckfarout onavastbasinofsandwhichwasenclosedbyarimoftumblingmountains Continuedobservationatlongrangewouldhaveshownthespecktobemoving almostimperceptibly,withwhatseemedtheimpertinenceofinfinitesimallifein thatdeadworld;and,eventually,itwouldhavetakentheformofamanastridea pony Themanwasyoung,fantasticallyyoungifyouweretojudgebyhisgarb,a flamboyantexpressionoftheromanticcowboystylewhichmighthaveservedas asensationalexhibitinashop-window Inplaceoftheconventionalbluewool shirtwasoneofdarkbluesilk Thechaparejos,or"chaps,"wereofthesoftest leather,withthefringeattheseamsgenerouslylong;andthesilverspursatthe boot-heelswerechasedinantiquepatternandridiculouslylarge Insteadofthe conventionalhandkerchiefattheneckwasadarkredstringtie;whilethe straight-brimmedcowpuncherhat,outofkeepingwiththegeneraleffectof newnessandlaunderedfreshness,hadthattintwhichonlyexposuretomany dewfallsandmanyblazingmid-dayswillproduceinlight-coloredfelt Therewasvagrancyinthesmileofhissingularlysensitivemouthandvagrancy intherelaxedwaythatherode Fromthefondnesswithwhichhisgazeswept thenakedpeakstheymighthavebeencitiesenfêtecallinghimtotheir festivities Ifso,hewasinnohastetoletrealizationovertakeanticipation His reinshungloose HehummedsnatchesofSpanish,French,andEnglishsongs Theircosmopolitanfreedomofvarietywasasoutofkeepingwiththesceneas theirlilt,whichhadthetripping,self-carryingimpetusofthesheerjoyofliving Lapsingintosilence,hisfacewentruminativeandthensad Withasudden indrawingofbreathhefreedhimselffromhisreverie,andbendingoverfromhis saddlepattedabuckskinneckinaffectionatetattoo Tawnyearsturnedbackward inappreciativefellowship,butwithoutanybreakinaploddingdog-trot Though therider'saspectmightsaywiththedesertthattimewasnothing,thepony's expressedalogicalpurpose Thusthespeedoftheirmachine-likeprogresswas entirelyregulatedbytheprospectofameasureofoatsatthejourney'send Whentheycametothefoot-hillsandtheriderdismountedandledtheway,with afollowingmuzzleattimespokingthesmallofhisback,upthetortuouspath, roundingpinnaclesandskimmingtheedgeofabysses,hislegmusclesanswered withthereadinessoffamiliaritywithclimbing Atthetophesawwhythepass hadreceiveditsnameofGaleriafromtheSpanish Agreatisoscelesof precipitouswallsformedalong,naturalgallery,whichtheheavingoftheearth's crusthadrentandtimehaderoded Itlaynearthepresentboundarylineoftwo civilizations:intheneutralzoneofdesertexpanses,wheretheSaxonpioneer, withhislipsclosedonEnglishs's,hadpausedinhisprogresssouthward;andthe conquistadore,withtonguecaressingCastilianvowels,hadpausedinhis progressnorthward Attheothersidethetravellerbeheldabasinwhichwasathousandfeethigher thantheonebehindhim Itapproachedthepassatagentlerslope Itmustbe coolerthantheother,itsozonealittlerarer Aseaofquiveringandsinginglight intheafternoonglow,itwaslostinthehorizon Notfarfromthefoot-hillsfloatedapatchoffoliage,checkeredbytheroofsof thehousesofanirrigationcolony,hangingkitelikeattheendofthesilverthread ofariverwhosewatershadsetgardensabloominsterileexpanses There seemedarefusalofintimacywiththeonevisiblesymbolofitsrelationswiththe outerworld;fortherailroad,withitslinesofsteelflashingacrossthegraylevels, passedbeyondtheouteredgeoftheoasis "ThisbeatsanyvalleyI'veseenyet,"andthetravellerspokewiththeconfidence ofonewhoisaconnoisseurofArizonavalleys Hepausedforsometimeinhesitancytotakeafarewelloftherapturousvista A hundredfeetlowerandtherefractionofthelightwouldpresentitindifferent coloringandperspective Withhisspellofvisualintoxicationranthe consciousnessofbeingutterlyalone Buttheegoismofhisisolationinthe toweringinfinitedidnotendure;forthesoundofvoices,aman'sandawoman's, brokeonhisear Theman'swasstrident,disagreeable,persistent Itstimbrewassuchashehad heardcomingoutofthedoorsofbordersaloons Thewoman'swasquietand resisting,itsqualityofyouthpeculiarlyemphasizedbyitsrestrainedemotion Nowtheeasytravellertookstockofhisimmediatesurroundings,whichhad interestedhimonlyasafootholdandvantage-pointforthepanoramathathehad beenbreathingin Here,ofallconceivableplaces,hewasindangerofbecoming eavesdroppertoaconversationwhichwasevidentlyverypersonal Roundingthe escarpmentathiselbowhesaw,onashelfofdecayinggranite,twowaiting ponies OnehadaMexicansaddleofthecowboytype TheotherhadanEastern side-saddle,whichstruckhimasexoticinalandwherewomenmostlyride astride Andwhatwoman,whateverstyleofridingshechose,shouldcareto cometothispass? Judgingbythedirectionfromwhichthevoicescame,thespeakerswerehidden bystillanotherturninthedefile Afewmorestepsbroughteyeaswellasear backtothelivingworldwiththesightofagirlseatedonabowlder Hecouldsee nothingofherfaceexceptthecheek,whichwasbrown,andthetipofachin, whichheguessedwasoval,andherhair,whichwasdarkunderherhatbrimand shimmeringwithgoldwhereitwaskissedbytheraysofthesun Animpression asswiftasaflashoflightcouldnotexcludeinevitablecuriosityastothefull face;acuriosityemphasizedbythepoisederectnessofherslenderfigure Themanwasbendingoverherinafamiliarway Hewasthirty,perhaps,inthe primeofphysicalvigor,square-jawed,cocksure,asix-shooterslungathiship Thoughshewasnotgivingwaybeforehim,herattitude,initssteadiness, reflecteddistressinabowstrungtremulousness Suddenly,atsomethinghesaid whichtheeasytravellercouldnotquiteunderstand,shesprangupaflame,her handflyingbackagainsttherockwallbehindherforsupport Thentheman spokesoloudthathewasdistinctlyaudible ... ***STARTOFTHISPROJECTGUTENBERGEBOOK OVER THE PASS *** ProducedbyAudreyLonghurst,MaryMeehan,and the OnlineDistributed ProofreadingTeam OVER THE PASS BYFREDERICKPALMER AUTHOROF THE VAGABOND,DANBURYRODD,ETC... Firioandmylittletrainwillgrowimpatientwaitingforme." "Youmean the Indianand the burrowith the silverbellsthatcame over the pass sometimebeforeyou?" Ofcoursetheybelongedtohim,shewasthinking,evenasshemade the inquiry Thisplaycowboy,withhisabsurdlyenormoussilverspurs,wouldnaturallyput... inventionaltalkfromhim Astheystarteddownfrom the pass insinglefile,she leading, the sunsankbehind the hills,leaving the EternalPainter,unhinderedby afurnaceglarein the centreof the canvas,topaintwithathousandbrushesin
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