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1903. Excerpt: ... Ill Raymond of the Goldfish Ranch BARNETT'S
ranch, one of his chief amusements, lay at the head of a valley
surrounding a spring which was the source of Wild Cat Creek. The
buildings stood just where the ravine opened out upon a grassy
meadow. It was a comfortable place, shielded from the desert winds
by the low hills to the north, while a small, artificial pond,
gravelled and rimmed with cottonwoods and willows, gave it enviable
distinction among the bleak and barren farmsteads. It seemed a very
beautiful spot to those who dwelt on the unrelieved plain, for the
pond overflowing upon the bog kept it green perennially; and the
house, though built of cottonwood logs, was unusually large and
well-kept. In brief, it was a show place--a shady spot to which
lovers drove on a Sunday as to a bower. It was known as the
"Goldfish Ranch," for the reason that at one time Barnett had
filled the pond with ornamental fish. At about five o'clock of a
hot and windless July day, a horseman galloped swiftly up the
valley into the yard, and was met at the door of the house by a
tall, composed young fellow in broad hat and spurs. "Hello, Perry "
he said, quietly. "You made good time." Perry, a young Mexican,
showed a score of his white teeth in a grin. "Here is letter. Some
people coming to rancho to-night." The young man tore the end from
the long envelope, and read the letter in silence. His face
darkened. "Well, that's a nice case o' beans. So they're on the
road, are they?" "Yes; 'bout fo' miles back." The young foreman
turned towards the house, from which the faint strains of "Annie
Laurie" came. A plump, light-haired young fellow of about thirty
sat tilted back in his chair, with one leg thrown across the corner
of the table, playing a mouth-organ. His eyes were closed ...
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