Slim Silver, a top hand, aims to develop a large ranch of his own
in the dry country of northeastern Wyoming. Into this area comes a
young recent University of Chicago graduate, Jim Carlson. Carlson
plans to take a break on his Uncle's homestead, before selecting
his objectives for life. However, Carlson is asked to take care of
his Uncle John's homestead for the summer, so that his uncle can
take his family back east for a while to an easier life, and also
earn some needed money. As observed by Jim Carlson, Slim's
friendship with a new western couple, the Blanchards (particularly
Teresa Blanchard), leads Slim to oppose the major rancher in the
area, Butch Hogan, who wants the water from a spring on the
Blanchard homestead. Complicating the interactions, Slim also works
off and on as one of Hogan's cow hands. Hogan owns the Lazy Bear
Lodge Ranch, by far the largest ranch in the area. The Carlson
homestead is just across the Belle Fourche River from the Hogan
spread and northeast of the Blanchard's homestead as well as
Slim's. As such Carlson is in the middle of the story. In this dry
country, south of the Bear Lodge Mountains of Wyoming, water is the
main issue. Hogan brings in a sheep herd which causes him to be
increasingly short of water. The advantage of sheep is that, unlike
cows, they will eat almost anything, but they can also strip the
country almost bare. As the pressure for water increases, the
Blanchards as well as two Lazy Bear Lodge hands, are murdered.
Initial evidence points to Slim as the murderer. Slim is indicted
and almost lynched, before Jim Carlson and Fred Hardy, Butch's
tough but honest foreman, see that justice is finally realized. At
the end, Carlson has grown from a naive college graduate to a real
western man who ends up settling in the country south of the Bear
Lodge. Slim is acquitted, but because of all the events, is never
|Country of origin:
J. D. Patterson
||229 x 152 x 5mm (L x W x T)
||Paperback - Trade
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