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A Fortune Hunter; Or, The Old Stone Corral

A FORTUNE HUNTER;

OR,

THE OLD STONE CORRAL.

A Tale of the Santa Fe Trail.

by

JOHN DUNLOE CARTERET.

Cincinnati: Printed for the Author. 1888.

Copyrighted, 1886.

CONTENTS.

CHAPTER I.

Nature's Blank Page--The Old Stone Corral--The Lost Treasure of Monteluma--Camp-fires--The Warlow and Moreland Families--The Camp on the Cottonwood--A Tale of the Camp-fire 7

CHAPTER II.

Colonel Warlow's Story--Bruce Walraven--The Heiress of Monteluma--The Vale of Mexico--Bandits--The Rescue--The Web of Destiny 19

CHAPTER III.

Breakfast on the Plains--Colonel Warlow's Story Continued--Bruce Walraven's Creed--Blood-drenched Malvern Hill--The Dim Crest of Orizaba--Roses and Thorns--The Wealth of Monteluma--A Cask of Gold--The Casket of Gems--The Overland Journey--A Dark Tragedy 29

CHAPTER IV.

Colonel Warlow's Story Continued--Los Angeles--A Friend in Need--A Storm on the Pacific--Shipwreck--Under the Waves 48

CHAPTER V.

Colonel Warlow's Story Continued--Alone--The Castaway--The Golden Gate to Home Sweet Home--Acapulco--Roger--The Isthmus of Panama 57

CHAPTER VI.

Colonel Warlow's Story Continued--The Tropical Groves of Cuba--The Coffee Plantation--A Blooming Christmas--The Tomb of Columbus--The Roses and Passion-flowers of Cuba--The Warm Hearts of Home--Ah! Such a Day can never come Again--Snow-drifts, Sleigh-bells, and Sweethearts--Mary, etc. 71

CHAPTER VII.

Colonel Warlow's Story Concluded--The Wool-picking--The Squire's Harrow--Wedding Bells--Profit and Loss--The Spectre of the Stone Corral 79

CHAPTER VIII.

The Monotony of Frontier Life--New Homes--Voting Bonds--The Grasshopper Raid--Back to the Land of the Mother-in-law--Grim Famine's Shadow--The Flood--A Strange Weird Sight 87

CHAPTER IX.

A Raging Torrent--The Crows' Nest--An Aerial Family--"Kansis oR buST" 100

CHAPTER X.

The Picnic--A Biled Vest--A Dark-eyed Maid with her Sweet Guitar--Mora Estill--Fishing, etc., but Principally the Latter--"We have met before"--The Gray Spectre--The Mystery-wrapped Grave of the Hill-top--Rough as a Farmer--Transmigration of Souls 108


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