The Taming Of Red Butte Western

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Francis Lynde (1856-1930) wrote fiction set in the Carolinas concerned with mining and western expansion.
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Francis Lynde (1856-1930) wrote fiction set in the Carolinas concerned with mining and western expansion.
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  • ISBN-13: 9781434406163
  • Publisher: Wildside Press
  • Publication date: 12/31/2010
  • Pages: 426
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.95 (d)

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Ill A LITTLE BROTHER OF THE COWS /IROSSWATER GAP, so named because the Vl high pass over which the railroad finds its way is anything but a gap, and, save when the winter snows are melting, there is no water within a day's march, was in sight from the loopings of the eastern approach. Lidgerwood, scanning the grades as the service-car swung from tangent to curve and curve to tangent up the steep inclines, was beginning to think of breakfast. The morning air was crisp and bracing, and he had been getting the full benefit of it for an hour or more, sitting under the umbrella roof at the observation end of the car. With the breakfast thought came the thing itself, or the invitation to it. As a parting kindness the night before, Ford had transferred one of the cooks from his own private car to Lidgerwood's service, and the little man, Tadasu Matsuwari by name, and a subject of the Mikado by race andbirth, came to the car door to call his new employer to the table. It was an attractive table, well appointed and well served; but Lidgerwood, temperamentally single-eyed in all things, was diverted from his reorganization problem for the moment only. Since early dawn he had been up and out on the observation platform, noting, this time with the eye of mastership, the physical condition of the road; the bridges, the embankments, the cross-ties, the miles of steel unreeling under the drumming trucks, and the object-lesson was still fresh in his mind. To a disheartening extent, the Red Butte demoralization had involved the permanent way. Originally a good track, with heavy steel, easy grades compensated for the curves, and a mathematical alignment, the roadbed and equipment had been allowed tofall into disrepair under indifferent supervision and the short-handing of the sectio...
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