Up shot the sun showering golden beams of light upon the forest. The air grew warmer, but the little band did not cease its rapid pace northward until noon. Then at a word from Ross all halted at a beautiful glade, across which ran a little brook of cold water. The horses were tethered at the edge of the forest, but were allowed to graze on the young grass which was already beginning to appear, while the men lighted a small fire of last year's fallen brushwood, at the center of the glade on the bank of the brook.
When his stagecoach is stopped by robbers and attacked by Indians, Long knows the occupants must depend on his ingenuity. He's been riding shotgun for the stage line a long time and he's never lost a stagecoach...yet. "Apache Pass" is one of ten stories in this collection of short western stories. In "The Heavy Gun," a lone figure walks away from a burned out wagon. That person has one heavy gun and a heavy conscience. In "Perilous Trail," Spencer's wife wants him to hire help, but since they carved a ranch out of wild country without paying anyone so far, he figures there is nothing out there that he can't handle - until he sees a beast he can't identify. As a boy, Larkin witnessed the hanging of an innocent man. When he returns to the town where the hanging took place, he is in a position to exact "Revenge at Sweetwater;" but against whom? Mahto has been a scout for the army long enough to know that when an Indian gets sick, he's out of a job. Now his future lies in the hands of "The Shaman." Davis learns a little something about himself when he meets a bronco he can't bust, in "Duel at the Corral." Reed McEuen hates nesters, so why should he be the one to guide a greenhorn lady and her father out of Comanche Country? Still, he can't leave "The Nester" out there. The boss' son thinks ranching with horses is old fashioned, but Cord Decker knows better. The teen thinks "The Useless Horse" is no match for his ATV, but he learns a hard lesson. Clara's husband leaves her alone at their desert fortress while he goes to get "The New Stock." When renegade Indians attack, Clara's best weapons are patience and ingenuity. The occupants of wagon trains had to face many challenges as they made their way west. How could they defeat a "Prairie Fire?" The book "Horse Opera," is a collection of well written short western stories suitable for the entire family.
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