American bypaths: essays in honor of E. Hudson Long by Eugene Hudson Long, R. G. Collmer

By Eugene Hudson Long, R. G. Collmer

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20 "William MacLeod Raine," Time 64 (August 9, 1954), 80. 21 W. H. Hutchinson, "Virgins, Villains, and Varmints," The Rhodes Reader, 2nd ed. (Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 1975), pp. xiixiii. Page 27 In 1910 he published a book he cherished, for he always listed it when asked what he had written. This was A Texas Ranger,22 a work having a weak plot akin to gruel, but one with some insights into the Texans' problems as they crossed to the west of their state's boundaries. Raine followed this with Arizona Guns in 1918,23 a thinly disguised take-off on the Lincoln County War.

He was twenty-one years of age and had trailed cattle for Homer Webb for three years. Physically, he looked as follows: 30Raine, Arizona Guns, p. 139. 31Raine, Arizona Guns, pp. 196197. 32Raine, Arizona Guns, p. 54. 33Raine, Arizona Guns, p. 77. 34Raine, Arizona Guns, p. 120. Page 30 This lean, brown-faced man walked the way of the strong. Men recognized the dynamic force of his close-gripped jaw, the power of his quick, steady eye, the patience of his courage. The eyes of women followed him down the street, for there was some arresting quality in the firm, crisp tread that carried the lithe smooth-muscled body.

He regretted, deeply and bitterly, the moral cowardice that had restrained his words, when he was about to disclose the truth to Dorcas; but pride, the fear of losing her affection, the dread of universal scorn, forbade him to rectify this falsehood. [X, 34849] Even though his common sense tells him that there was nothing he could have done about Roger, the "concealment had imparted to a justifiable act, much of the secret effect of guilt" and it becomes "like a serpent, gnawing into his heart" (X, 349, 350).

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