The Wind

1     
Man - puny but irresistible -
encroaching forever on Nature's
vastness, gradually, very
gradually wresting away her
strange secrets, subduing her
fierce elements - conquers the
            earth!

2
This is the story of a
woman who came into
the domain of the 
     winds -

3
"My name's Wirt Roddy -
I trade cattle up and 
 down this line --"

4
"My name's Letty Mason -
I've come all the way from 
       Virginia -"

5
"My, this wind is awful, 
 isn't it? I wish it
    would stop -"

6
"You're goin' to wish that
a-plenty, little lady, if
you're out here for any 
         stay -"

7
"I've left Virginia for 
good - - I'm going to
live at my cousin's 
beautiful ranch at
  Sweet Water."

8
"Injuns call this the
'land o' the winds' -
it never stops blowing 
       here -"

9
"- day in, day out, whistlin'
and howlin' - makes folks 
go crazy - - especially
        women!"

10
"You're not scaring me a 
bit, Mr. Roddy - - I'm
looking forward to - -
     everything!"

11
"I'm Beverly's nearest neighbor,
  Lige Hightower - he asked
       me to get you -"

12
"Me and my partner,
Sourdough, live fifteen
miles from your cousin."

13
"I'll stop off on my way 
   back to see how
 you're makin' out -"

14
"Hop my paw, little 
       missy!"

15
"We'll shoot fer the
seat o' priv'lege!"

16
"Gee, but I'm unlucky!"

17
"I've seen that galoot 
before - travels fer a
packin' house, don't 
        he?"

18
"Them's wild hosses -
when a norther blows
they tear down the
mountain like the divvil
   was arter 'em!"

19
"Mighty queer - Injuns
think the North Wind
is a ghost horse that
lives in the clouds."

20
"Is this one of those -
       northers?"

21
"If this was a norther
you and me 'ud be jest
arms an' legs - -
scattered over the 
     prairie!"

22
After endless miles of 
  wind and sand and 
 empty far-off sky -

23
"Cora! Letty's come!"

24
"What's the hurry? She'll 
  be here a long time!"

25
"I'd have sent for you 
before, honey - but it's
been a mighty hard 
year - and my cough 
isn't much better."

26
"- you see, my mammy
raised Bev - we're like
brother and sister."

27
"Chuck's ready!"

28
"Kin I help you to sow- 
belly and grits, Miss 
       Mason?"

29
"Hev some son-of-a-gun,
     Miss Mason!"

30
"It's made from the 
steer's innards - liver,
  lights and lungs!"

31
"I'm goin' to pop the 
 question to Letty 
      tonight!"

32
"Are ye, indeed, Mister 
  Sourdough? Wal, so
         am I!" 

33
"Ain't nothin' to do 
 now - - but pop it 
     together!"

34
"Can't you guess, Letty -
why I stopped off at this 
 awful forsaken place?"

35
"Cyclone headin' this 
        way!"

36
"You see, Letty, you can't
stay in this terrible country
        any longer."

37
"Come away with me, 
Letty. I love you."

38
"Cyclone blowed over -
shindig under way again!"

39
"Think it over, Letty - I'll
 be in town until tomorrow 
         night -"

40
"How can I decide? You're 
  both so fascinating."

41
"Guess you'll have to 
 toss for us, then!"

42
"- and for a moment
I thought they were 
     serious!"

43
"You're goin' to take one 
     of 'em serious!"

44
"You don't think I ain't 
seen through your tricks, 
    Miss Sly Boots!"

45
"You love Beverly - but
 you'll never get him
 away from me - he's
        mine!"

46
"What's more - you're
gettin' out o' our
house - and gettin'
    out quick!"

47
"I'd like to kill you!"

48
"Don't worry any more, 
Cora - I know where 
   I can go - !"

49
"You're acting awful 
    strange - !"

50
"Well, you see, Letty -
as it happens - I got
  a wife already -"

51
"Letty - let me take you 
away where the wind
can never follow you!"

52
"You've spent the last 
night you'll ever spend 
     at the ranch!"

53
"But what's to become of 
me? I have no money -
and no place to go -"

54
"Two men want to marry 
you - make up your mind
which one you'll accept."

55
"Wal, if you'd took me -
you'd got a better cook!"

56
"Well, you're always lucky 
 and I'm always unlucky
      - ding it!"

57
"You've been my wife a
whole hour - and I ain't 
   kissed you yet!"

58
"Guess you ain't much of
  a kisser - are you?"

59
"Lemme get you some 
        more!"

60
"You've made me hate 
you! Oh Lige - I didn't
  want to hate you!"

61
"I thought you'd married
me to be my wife - -
work with me - - love
      me - - !"

62
"Don't be afraid - I'll
never touch you again -"

63
"Somehow - - I'll get
money enough to send 
   you away - - !"

64
Wind .... sand .... sand
... wind .... yesterday ...
tomorrow .... forever ....

65
"We're on our way to a 
meetin' of the cattlemen.
Something's got to be 
done to save us all
 from starvation."

66
"Take me with you, Lige
- I'll go mad here - alone
    with that wind -"

67
"Gee, but I'm lucky!"

68
"You'll have to take 
Letty back to the 
ranch, Sourdough!"

69
"Them wild hosses is workin'
their way down - like they
was expectin' a norther - !"

70
"We could corral 'em on
the prairie - if you-all's
 got guts to round 'em
  up in the norther!"

71
"Government's payin' three
dollars a head for 'em - !"

72
"Oh, bury me not on the lone 
               prai-rie,
Where the wild coyotes will howl
               over me!"

73
"In a narrow grave just 
           six by three,
Oh, bury me not on the lone 
           prai-rie!"

74
"This sure is norther weather!
When that Satan hoss o' the
Injuns starts to snort - !"

75
"- you'll think all the 
 winds in heaven is
 havin' a screechin'
      contest!"

76
"Someone's hurt - -
they're bringing him 
     in - - !"

77
"It's Lige!"

78
"I'd jest as soon
entertain a skunk
in my front parlor!"

79
"I happened to run acrost
   you on my way home."

80
"He's not going to stay 
     here - is he?"

81
"He'll have to - where
   else can he go?"

82
"Were you afraid to 
have Lige leave us 
    alone - ?"

83
"The last time I saw 
you I told you what
the wind 'ud do to
       you!"

84
"Well - it's doing it!"

85
"I'm not afraid of the 
wind - I - I - like it!"

86
"It'll soon be spring in
Virginia - think of the
fields, all thick with
    wild violets -"

87
"- - old norther's here!
Hosses are comin' down
from the mountains in
   thousands - - !"

88
"Every man's needed for 
     the round up!"

89
"It's my one chance, Letty,
o' gettin' money to send
        you back!"

90
"Better get your things 
packed, Letty! First
thing we know Lige'll
      be back!"

91
"I'm not going away 
   with you - !"

92
"- but if he finds us here,
   he'll kill us both!"

93
"I hope he will!"

94
"Lige - I've killed 
   Wirt Roddy!"

95
"There's nothin' out there -
   nothin' but sand - !"

96
"Wind's mighty odd -
if you kill a man in 
justice - - it allers
   covers him up!"

97
"Poor little Letty -
you'll soon be out of 
     all this!"

98
"Don't hate me, Lige!
Don't send me away
     from you!"

99
"But - don't you -
    want to go?"

100
"Can't you see I 
   love you?"

101
"But the wind, Letty -
won't you always be 
  afraid of it?"

102
"I'm not afraid of the 
wind - I'm not afraid 
of anything now - !"

103
"- because I'm your
wife - to work with
you - to love you - !"

The End

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