Buffalo Palace: The Plainsmen by TerryC.Johnston

By TerryC.Johnston

In Buffalo Palace, the younger Titus Bass attractions, after which units out into, the substantial Rocky Mountain state, the place he has his preliminary reports with trapping beaver, surviving the freezing iciness, scuffling with fierce Indians or even fiercer fellow mountain males, and celebrating on the well-deserved summer time rendezvous. such a lot memorably, we stroll with Titus as he first sees the vast herd which initially fueled his wanderlust, and now feeds, outfits and homes the frontier's pioneers, whilst he reaches the rustic lovingly referred to as the "Buffalo Palace."

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With a sudden, broad smile the storekeeper said, “Now, that’s something to show you’ve got a good head about you. ” “The country. ” “Sand and lizards and sun, mister. ” The wide-shouldered shopkeeper grinned with teeth the color of hickory shavings. “They set their eye on that greaser country for the womens. ” “Say a man don’t want none of that. ” With a shrug the man answered, “Ain’t worth a spit for building—you ask me. ” He pointed. ” “Then you find yourself in nothing but grass. Taller’n your horse’s belly it grows.

A praying man? Well, now. I s’pose any fella what takes off where I’m heading all on my lonesome better be a praying man, mister. ” With the sudden sound of the child’s voice, Titus turned where he stood at the edge of the muddy, rutted path that passed for a main street here in Franklin. It was the oldest girl among that woman’s brood wanting hard candy back in the mercantile. Bass continued stuffing the first of the cornmeal sacks into the bundles lashed on either side of the mare’s back. ” he asked absently.

Let ’em each pick what they want. ” Bass watched her turn away with her children as she bent her head and murmured to them softly. One by one they began to approach the shelf where rested the immense, odd-colored jars and small wicker baskets filled with rock candy and other sugared delights. Taking a step back toward the counter, Titus grew thoughtful as he cupped the small skin pouch inside the worn blanket satchel slung over his shoulder—fingering what he had left in the way of hard coin. ” “Good thinking, mister,” the storekeeper replied, rubbing the palms of both hands down the front of his sweat-stained shirt that had likely been the better part of a month without a scrubbing.

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