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A Damaged Reputation by Harold Bindloss

A DAMAGED REPUTATION

BY HAROLD BINDLOSS

AUTHOR OF "ALTON OF SOMASCO" "MISTRESS OF BONAVENTURE" ETC., ETC.

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R. F. FENNO & COMPANY 18 EAST 17TH STREET, NEW YORK

Copyright, 1908, by R. F. FENNO & COMPANY

CONTENTS.

CHAPTER I. PAGE Brooke Pauses to Reflect 9

CHAPTER II. Brooke Takes the Trail 25

CHAPTER III. The Narrow Way 37

CHAPTER IV. Saxton Makes an Offer 51

CHAPTER V. Barbara Renews an Acquaintance 64

CHAPTER VI. An Arduous Journey 79

CHAPTER VII. Allonby's Illusion 91

CHAPTER VIII. A Bold Venture 104

CHAPTER IX. Devine Makes a Suggestion 121

CHAPTER X. The Flume Builder 135

CHAPTER XI. An Embarrassing Position 151

CHAPTER XII. Brooke is Carried Away 166

CHAPTER XIII. The Old Love 179

CHAPTER XIV. Brooke Has Visitors 193

CHAPTER XV. Saxton Gains His Point 209

CHAPTER XVI. Barbara's Responsibility 222

CHAPTER XVII. Brooke Attempts Burglary 236

CHAPTER XVIII. Brooke Makes a Decision 249

CHAPTER XIX. Brooke's Bargain 264

CHAPTER XX. The Bridging of the Canon 278

CHAPTER XXI. Devine's Offer 293

CHAPTER XXII. The Unexpected Happens 305

CHAPTER XXIII. Brooke's Confession 317

CHAPTER XXIV. Allonby Strikes Silver 334

CHAPTER XXV. Barbara is Merciless 350

CHAPTER XXVI. The Jumping of the Canopus 365

CHAPTER XXVII. The Last Round 381

CHAPTER XXVIII. Brooke Does Not Come Back 395

CHAPTER XXIX. A Final Effort 406

CHAPTER XXX. The Other Chance 419

CHAPTER XXXI. Brooke is Forgiven 431

A DAMAGED REPUTATION.

I.

BROOKE PAUSES TO REFLECT.

It was a still, hot night, and the moon hung round and full above the cedars, when rancher Brooke sat in his comfortless shanty with a whisky bottle at his hand. The door stood open, and the drowsy fragrance of the coniferous forest stole into the room, while when he glanced in that direction he could see hemlock and cedar, redwood and balsam, tower, great black spires, against the luminous blueness of the night. Far above them gleamed the untrodden snow that clothed the great peaks with spotless purity; but this was melting fast under the autumn sun, and the river that swirled by the shanty sang noisily among the boulders.


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