Sand

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Along the border
of America's
great Southwest.

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Division Headquarters
 of the Y. & C. R.R.

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 John Trapp,
Superintendent.

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"I've got a man on
 his way to Condor.
 Wire that to the
    directors."

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At Condor.

6
"Pop" Young -
 A railroader
 who has grown
 old in service.

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Margaret - his
daughter, and
the secret of
his ability to
keep on serving.

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  Dan Kurrie - -
wandering railroader,
whose horizon changes
  with his whim.

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  At present
journeying to a
new assignment.

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"Yep, here's where
 they held up the
 Special about three
 weeks ago."

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"Clever getaway too.
 Their tracks went into
 the river right down
 there and never did 
     come out."

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"We'll be in Condor
 in about a half-hour -
 --- lay over here to
 pick up a helper."

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Joseph Garber, a 
stockholder in the
Y.& C.R.R. and self-
appointed dictator for
Condor and vicinity.

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"Miss Margaret, your father is
 getting too old for railroad-
 ing, and I was thinking you
 and he might like to handle
 my store. He could watch
    them go by anyway."

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"Railroading is
 father's life, but
 I appreciate your
 - - - interest."

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"Perhaps it's more
 than --- interest."

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 Too clever a
player to force
  his cards.

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"Five men, Mexicans they
 think, got twenty thousand
 and rode shod horses into
 the river back there where
 you were. That's as
 far as they've trailed them."

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"That's Garber and 
 your job is no
 bed of roses."

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"Dan Kurrie!"

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"M-M-Miss Young."

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YESTERDAY.

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"I don't see how you
 kin bother to learn
 me that wire talk."

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"And you riding
 twenty miles to---"

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"Twenty miles? I'd
 ride two hundred
   to see you."

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 "The Boss don't
mind it, for he just
 loves to travel."

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Dismissed
-- too old
to serve.

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"Dan, I reckon 
 you're the new
 agent that's to
 replace us."

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"I reckon not!
 Lend me your key.
 I'm quittin' before
    I start."

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   "No, Dan.
Father and I have 
other work here,
running a store."

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"Somebody else will
 take it, and I think
 it will be very
 nice ---"

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"It sure will!"

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General
Merchandise.

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Their fourth
  session.

35
"Are you supposed
 to be the station agent
    here or not?"

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"Sometimes."

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"I suppose the rest
 of your time you're
 my grocery boy."

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"Mebbe."

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"Don't you think it's a
 good plan to attend
 to your own business,
 and let other people
 attend to theirs?"

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"Sure -- why
 don't you?"

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Pete Beckett,
of the Cross J.

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 "You get going
right now and order 
me some stock cars, 
or I'll teach you a
     lesson!"

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  "Well!
What are you 
waiting for?"

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"The lesson."

45
"Mr. Garber loaned
 me his gun to
 decide a little bet
 about a lesson."

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"Dan, you old son-of-
 a-gun, you ain't
 changed a bit since
 we worked on the 
 Quarter Circle H Outfit."

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"I'm beginnin' to feel
 like I'm holdin' a
     re - union."

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"I'm with Kirkwood
 on the Cross J, and
 Dan, there's someone
 out there that knows
 you a heap well."

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"You don't mean--?"

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"The same.
 Trimmer an'
 saucier than
    ever."

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 "Father, has
 Mr. Kirkwood
got a daughter?"

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"Why, yes, and she's
 a mighty peppery
 little thing, too."

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Jim Kirkwood,
owner of the Cross J,
and his daughter,
     Josie.

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"This six thousand
 dollars just come in
 for you by express,
 Mr. Kirkwood."

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"Do you mind leavin'
 it in your safe till
 mornin'? We're
 intendin' to stay here
 over night."

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"If you take a notion
 to shoot up any more
 roosters' breakfasts,
 wait till I'm in town."

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"Gee, it's hard
 to see them go!"

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Ten thirty.

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"The foreman at the Quarter
 Circle H hit Dan's horse acrost
 the nose with a gun. Dan didn't
 kill no one, he just winged a
 couple an' that's the reason
 he had to take it on the run."

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"Remember me speakin'
 of Pete Beckett when
 I used to ride over to
 see you? He's here."

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"An' somebody 
 else, but then
 that's a secret."

62
 "It must be
something very
  pleasing."

63
"Pleasin'? Why, it's
 plumb wonderful!"

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"When I had to make my get-
 away, the four years I was
 roamin' aroun' I wasn't happy
 no place. I know now I
 was lonesome -- lonesome
 for the only two things I
 ever really cared about."

65
"One of them
 is a secret ---
 and the other--"

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"-- I reckon that's
    a secret too."

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  "Well, 
who did it?"

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   "I dunno.
 I wasn't here 
when it happened."

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"Well, you've
 got a mess
 to explain."

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"An' by the looks of
 this office, I got one
 to clean up."

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"That money meant
 a lot to me, but it's
 not your fault and
 I'm not blamin' you."

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"Did Kirkwood sign
 a receipt for that
 money, or is our
 road responsible?"

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"No, he didn't
 sign for it, for I
 haven't delivered
 it yet."

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"You see, I FORGOT
 to put that money
    in the safe."

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"Who's ridin' in
 this posse? I got
 the guns and Pete's 
 caught the horses."

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"Lost your nerve, 
 eh, Kurrie? Couldn't
 go through with
 your end of it?"

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"Meanin'?"

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"That it is plain enough
    who engineered
      this thing!"

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"Yes, it's plain,
  an' it's gettin'
     plainer."

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 "You'll be
leavin' soon!"

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"I've got a mess
   to clean up
     first."

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A proof of Garber's
power ----- fired.

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"They told me this
 berth was no bed of
 roses, an' I'm tellin'
 you ---- she ain't!"

84
"I'm out of a job.
 This here railroad
 is figurin' to run
 without my help."

85
"If you want to quit
 railroadin', there's
 a job at the Cross J
 that'd fit you mighty
 well."

86
"I'm acceptin'. I sort of
 figure to stay aroun' here
 a spell - where Garber lives
 -- an' where horse tracks
 disappear in the river."

87
"An' by the way, Josie's
 bringin' a friend of
 yours into town."

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"The Boss?"

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"I'm acceptin'
    twice."

90
"I've postponed
 saying this as long
 as I can--I love you."

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"Miss Margaret,
 I'm sayin' good-
 bye for a time. The
 railroad let me out."

92
"Oh, I ain't goin' clear
 away. I figure to go
 out to Kirkwood's
 an' work as foreman."

93
"There is an
 attraction
 out there."

94
"You know
 about that?"

95
"Aw, someone
 must've told you."

96
"Ain't that
 great?"

97
"I'm waiting."

98
"Mr. Garber has
 asked me to be
 his wife, and ---"

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"I have
 accepted."

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Game to the
heartstrings.

101
"Mr. Garber, I'm
 sure congratulatin'
       you."

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"Good luck."

103
When Life holds
no horizon and
the Future looms
bitter to the soul.

104
"When a man my
 size plays the
 baby, it's best if
 he does it alone."

105
"Boss, I lost my job
 an' I lost my best
 friend, but I sure
 as hell found you."

106
"I sure need you
 now, little horse.
 You're all I got left
 in the world."

107
"I'm through railroadin',
 Boss. Your trail is
 my trail, an' it's
 you an' me from
 here on out."

108
Shadows.

109
"What he wants to
 know is, have
 they taken the bulls
 off number 77?"

110
"Yes, last week.
 Trapp thinks the
 danger is over."

111
"That's what
we have been
waiting for."

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 On the Range
 of the Cross J.
"You and me from
 here on out."

113
"Keep off my feet.
 I ain't goin' no place
    without you."

114
"What am I
 goin' to do
 about Pete?"

115
"Well, it ain't
 leap year, but
 you might try
 proposin' to him."

116
"That had ought 
 to decide it."

117
"Pete, was you
 ever in love?"

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"I am."

119
"So am I."

120
"I was thinkin' 
 you'd be apt
 to like him."

121
"Are you blind or
 feeble minded?
 I'm tryin' to pro-
 pose to you."

122
"Boss, you an'
 me'll bolt. I reckon
 they'll ride home
 by moonlight."

123
"I know now why you
 fellows work with
 shod horses---you take
 off them shoes before
 you come out of the
 river an' the trail's lost."

124
"You tell me what you
 an' your gang are
 plannin' an' you can
 run for the border."

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"You let 
 me go?"

126
"Hold up train,
 five miles up
 river -"

127
"No. 77 carries the
 payroll for the Pecos
 Mine. I'm going
 through on her my-
 self."

128
"Boss, you an' me has
 business up river
 an' we're travelin'!"

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Number 77
at Condor.

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"Aren't you the young
 lady who assisted
 her father at the
 Condor station?"

131
"I'm Superintendent Trapp
 and I'd like to explain about
 your father's dismissal."

132
"Garber complained
 to the directors
 and I was forced
 to make the change."

133
"Yes, Garber. And he's
 already managed to
 get rid of Kurrie, who
 replaced you."

134
"You're takin' the long
 chance, Boss. Here's
 where you've got to
 show your sand."

135
"I'm takin' no
 chances on 'em
 gettin' you, Boss.
 Go back, boy."

136
"One man
swimmin' river.
 I got him."

137
"Everybody stand!
 Don't turn around!"

138
"Keep 'em
 covered boys!"

139
"Take their guns!"

140
"Well, here's one
 bunch of Mexicans
 who won't get across
 the border."

141
"Mexicans, hell!"

142
"I'm sorry about
 Garber --- for
 your sake ---"

143
"I was running away,
 because I couldn't
 bear the thought of
 marrying Garber."

144
"You've got to
 really love some-
 one to marry them."

145
"I've really loved
 someone for a
   long time."

146
"I know ---
Miss Kirkwood."

147
"Miss Kirkwood?
 Why, Josie pro-
 posed to Pete Beckett
 this afternoon."

148
"But when you were
 talking about secrets,
 didn't you mean--?"

149
"I meant - -
 the BOSS."

150
"Couldn't you fix
  it to divide
    that up?"

151
"You know, if you
 take one of us,
 you get us both."


FINIS

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