The Virginian

1
 In the heart of the West,
 when cattle pastured in
every valley, and solitary
horsemen rode the ranges,
there reigned supreme that
  romantic figure - the
       cow-puncher.

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2
   One among them -
a southern importation,
who roped steers more
easily than the best -
   The Virginian.
   Dustin Farnum.

3
    Back in Vermont,
Molly Wood struggles for a
  living teaching music.

4
 "You needn't come 
again. Jennie isn't 
making any head-
way."

5
  The Virginian, fearless
and strong, has for his best
   friend the easily led,
       lovable Steve.

6
 "Stay here over-
night, pard, we'll
liven things up."

7
  Meanwhile, Molly -
disheartened - has cast
 about for a new way
  to earn her living.

8
 "I am so glad you
are accepting this
opportunity to go to
the great west."

9
   The leader in all
deviltry at Bear Creek is
Trampas - broncho-buster
  - tin-horn gambler
       and bully.

10
 "If you're goin' to stick
around this table you
gotta sit in!"

11
 "It's your bet -
you son of a - "

12
 "When you call me 
that, Trampas, you 
smile!"

13
All beds in the hotel
being occupied double,
the Virginian bets the
  crowd he'll have
     one alone.

14
Molly reaches 
the great West.

15
 "That's the Overland
stage, lady, that takes
yuh to Bear Creek."

16
   Steve, the weakling,
falls into bad habits - the
 worst of all bad habits
   in a cattle country.

17
 "Pal, stick to rum, cards
an' cussin' - keep your
iron off another man's
cattle."

18
 "These ways ain't never
been our ways, Steve. I'll
have to keep my eye on 
you, or - you know what
it means - "

19
 "I insist that you throw
that disgusting liquor away
immediately - you brute!"

20
 "If you're the new school
ma'am, I reckon you're
goin' to have a big class
- all of us."

21
   The Bear Creek
folks hold a barbecue 
  in Molly's honor.

22
 "You think the school 
ma'am's straight. If you
knew what the stage
driver told me - "

23
 "Stand up on your legs,
you pole-cat, an' tell them 
all you're a liar!"

24
 "Let's us bachelors
give these proud
parents a scare."

25
  And the proud parents,
wearied with the evening's 
gaiety - fall readily into 
the plot of the bachelors.

26
 "Here they come -
madder'n hornets. You
better make yourself
scarce, Lin."

27
 "Lin must a'done it.
That's why he raced 
off when he saw you 
comin'."

28
"I did it."

29
 "Aren't you ashamed -
a great big man like you.
I hate such uncouthness."

30
 "We're all uncouth
out here, ma'am. But
you'll learn to like
the west - an' you're
goin' to love me!"

31
    Trampas, selecting 
 Steve as likely material
for his gang, explains the
   profits derived from
     cattle-stealing.

32
   While the Virginian,
neglecting his pal, spends
 golden hours acquiring
   the rudiments of an
        education.

33
 "Let me see what
words you can spell
best."

34
 The thieves led
by Trampas, become
   more daring.

35
The cattle owners
   take action.

36
 "We have sent 
for you to lead 
our posse."

37
 "We suspect Trampas
is the ring-leader of
this gang - and Steve
has joined them."

38
 "You ain't goin' to let
friendship for Steve
stand in the way of
Justice, are you?"

39
"I will go."

40
The cattle thieves give
  the posse the slip.

41
 "We'll camp here for 
the night - an' watch!"

42
Seeing that the gang 
is cornered, Trampas 
  and Shorty make 
     a getaway.

43
 "Do with them? Why
there's only one thing
to do with thieves! At
daybreak, boys - "

44
To the two friends come
 memories of the many
strange adventures faced
 together - as the long
  hours of the death-
      watch pass.

45
 "When they leave, get
that paper the Virginian
dropped."

46
 "Only an old news-
paper - 'tain't worth
nothin'."

47
One weary horse can't
 carry two fugitives
      very far.

48
On the trail
of Trampas.

49
 "This is part of the 
paper I gave to Steve!"

50
  The children of Bear
Creek are thrilled by the
  details - overheard -
     of the tragedy.

51
 "We're playing he
is Steve and I'm the
Virginian."

52
 "Man with much 
money is riding in
the canyon."

53
 "My pal Steve was a 
thief - but I had to keep 
my word - please under-
stand, Molly!"

54
Convalescent.

55
 "My handkerchief!
Where did you get it?"

56
 "The time I carried a
prim eastern school 
ma'am in my arms."

57
The wedding day.

58
 "This town will be cele-
bratin' a funeral instead
of a marriage."

59
"Trampas is in town."

60
 "He's threatenin' 
to kill on sight!"

61
Ready to face his
   worst enemy.

62
 "I'll give you till
sundown to get
out of town!"

63
 " - so get married
at once, Molly, and
leave."

64
Sundown.

65
 "I couldn't marry a
man with blood on his
hands - come away
from here, now."

66
 "Trampas put Steve's
head in the noose - now
he's after me, an' I must
be ready for him!"

67
 "Time is up, Trampas,
an' your man's still in
town."

68
The End


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