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Cow-Country

B. M. Bower

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .Hides-the-face as a shelter in case it stormed.

Buddy did not know whether to rejoice at the news or to mourn. They would not destroy the dugout, so he need not shoot himself, which was of course a relief. Still, three suns meant three days and nights, and the prospect of lying there on his stomach, afraid to move for that length of time, almost amounted to the same thing in the end. He did not believe that he could hold out that long, though of course he would try pretty hard.

All that day Buddy lay watching through the crack, determined to take any chance that came his way. None came. The Indians loitered in the shade, and some slept. But always two or three remained awake; and although they sat apparently ready to doze off at any minute, Buddy knew them too well to hope for such good luck. Two Indians rode in toward evening dragging a calf that had been overlooked in the roundup; and having improvidently burned the cabin, the meat was cooked over . . . Read More

Community Reviews

This is a solid, basic cowboy story from Bower, an early work of hers on the standard ranching setting she writes many more times. This follows the life of a boy from very early youth until he finds his own way and establishes his name. Headstrong and often rash, with a quick temper, he's restrai...more