The Winning of Barbara Worth

1
Sunk into the Earth like
 a great molten bowl, lay
 the desert - unconquered
Empress of the Wilderness -
beautiful - mysterious -
       merciless.

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2
A tawny siren, whispering
 promises of a Paradise
 beyond - crushing out
the lives of men in its
  poisonous embrace.

3
The End of the Rainbow
 for one little family
 of home-seekers from
     the East.

4
At the last water-hole
 on the same desert
 trail - the outfit
 of Jefferson Worth.

5
"Water's mighty low,
    Mr. Worth."

6
"I know it, Tex, but
 I guess we'll pull
      through."

7
"If we could bring water
 into this wasteland, it
 would become one of
 the garden spots of the
       earth."

8
"Perhaps we'll be able
  to do it, someday."

9
"Pat Mooney, you loafer,
 I told you to fill the
  bar'l to the brim."

10
"What the divil's an inch
 of wather between
     friends?"

11
"A drop of water will
 look like the Pacific
 Ocean to you before
 we get across this 
       desert."

12
"I'll drink the leavin's
      of no mule!"

13
"I ain't heard the mules
 kickin' about drinkin'
      after you."

14
"You little sand-flea, I 
 could tie ye into a
 bow-knot, and I will!"

15
"Them dancin' dust-
 devils will play hell with
  us before evening."

16
"Sandstorm's comin'!
 We gotta make cover
       quick!"

17
"How long do you think
  this will last, Tex?"

18
"Mebbe three hours -
  mebbe three days."

19
A merciless scourging by
 the screaming wind -
 then a sudden lull -
 an unholy calm.

20
"'Tain't no use digging,
 Mr. Worth - besides,
 our water's too low to
 stay here any longer."

21
"Barba wants a drink."

22
Eternal heat and lone-
 liness - the slow passing
 of fifteen sun-parched
years - - desolation still
     unconquered.

23
Beyond the baked
 frontier lay Rubio
     City - -

24
- the home of Jefferson
      Worth - -   

25
- who has just completed
a gigantic plan to bring
  water to the desert.

26
The baby of the sand
 storm - - his adopted
 daughter, Barbara Worth.

27
"Your dream is coming
 true - - the desert will
 bloom into a Paradise!"

28
Henry Lee, the Seer, whose
 prophetic vision of a
 garden in the wilderness
grows brighter daily.

29
The little boy of yesterday,
    his son, Abe.

30
But for the vision of a
 golden harvest, James
 Greenfield and his
foster-son, Willard Holmes,
would turn back right here.

31
"And they call this
  God's Country!"

32
"My son, you don't need
 a telescope to tell you
   that's Barbara."

33
"I'm Mr. Holmes of
  New York City."

34
"I'm Miss Worth of
    Rubio City."

35
"Now I know why they
 call this God's Country."

36
The festival in honor of the
 Easterners, affectionately
 acclaimed as builders
 of a new empire.

37
"Mr. Holmes, do you
 realize that to all these
 people you are an
 angel from heaven?"

38
"I'm really only the
 engineer for a soulless
 corporation bent on
 making big money quick."

39
"You're wasting yourself
 here, Miss Worth - -
 like an orchid in a
   bucket of sand."

40
"You don't know the
 desert as I do. It is
      beautiful."

41
"Beautiful perhaps - for
 one moonlit night - but
 if you could see the big
 cities - if they could
       see you!"

42
"To redeem the desert -
 to make it all one
 garden -- Isn't that a
  fine thing to do?"

43
"But you don't belong
 here among these
 human cactus plants."

44
"Adiós, hermanita."

45
"Adiós, hermano. Hasta
        luego."

46
"Why do you and Mr. Lee 
 always speak Spanish?"

47
"It's the language of our
 desert. You ought to 
      learn it."

48
"What is the Spanish 
  for 'I love you'?"

49
"Please forgive me!"

50
"Out here, Mr. Holmes,
 one doesn't learn how
 to say 'I love you' - one
 learns how to prove it.
 Buenos nachos, señor."

51
"Good-bye - - I'm
 starting across the
  desert tomorrow."

52
The advance guard of an
 unconquered race - -
 engineers plotting the
 pathway of the future.

53
The withering kiss of 
     the desert.

54
"You better watch that
 softie. The heat's be-
  ginnin' to get him."

55
"Can't you stand the
  gaff, Mr. Holmes?"

56
"This hell-hole will never 
 be anything but a grave-
 yard. You could see it,
 if your brains weren't 
         fried."

57
"Maybe we ain't got the
 brains - - maybe you
  ain't got the guts."

58
"I'll go as far as you or
 any other man will go."

59
Their Goal - - the
 untamed Colorado.

60
The Battle - merciless,
 ceaseless toil - gouging
 through the blistered
sands a highway for the 
blessed waters of the river.

61
The sinews of War -
 food, water, building
 materials - dragged
across the sand by twenty
     mule-teams.

62
The first sign of Victory -
 the wall of the gigantic
Gateway through which
the river will reach to the
      thirsty soil.

63
And with Victory came
 the home seekers -
 home builders - -
struggling across the desert 
       sands.

64
"Wind 'er up again, Ma."

65
"Get a pair of spurs!"

66
The mushroom metropolis
 known as Kingston -
 grown up almost
    overnight.

67
The man whose money
 helped achieve the
 impossible, and who
now intends to repay himself
  a thousand-fold.

68
"Well, Mr. Greenfield,
 everybody in the East
 is talking about your big
   success out here."

69
"It's a gal!"

70
"It's a gal!"

71

"It's a gal!"

72
"Tom Spitt's just had
       a baby!"

73
"What's all the hollerin'
          for?"

74
"That's the first baby
   born in my town."

75
The great day - when 
 the mighty river will
 waken into life the
vast barren acres of the
    promised land.

76
The Signal!

77
The waters came laughing,
 leaping, carrying with
 them life, hope, wealth,
to fill the emptiness with
flowers, and fruits, and
      golden grain.

78
Prosperity? Much talk of
 prosperity - but for one
 man only - a man with
an insatiable thirst for gold.

79
"Six bits for a shave!
 Hell, let the alfalfa 
        grow!"

80
"This town's nothin' but
   a nest of robbers."

81
"Greenfield's a worse thief
 than we are! We've got
 to rob to keep up with 
    his high prices."

82
"Hola, señorita, qué tal?"

83
"Muy bien, gracias,
       señor."

84
"I just came to say I
 can't come to dinner.
 I'm ordered to the 
       river."

85
"I'm sorry. I was baking
 this pie especially for 
          you."

86
"I'm going East soon
 and I don't want to 
      go alone."

87
"I'll bake you a pie to
    take with you."

88
"I want to take you
       along!"

89
"Señor, this is so sudden!"

90
"Will you give me your
 answer when I get back,
 a week from today?"

91
"Well, I'll be here - -
 a week from today."

92
Greenfield's first open
 move to wrest control
 of the Gateway from
the men who helped him
      build it.

93
"That skunk Holmes is
  back of all this!"

94
"Holmes and Greenfield
 ought to be lynched!
 They're no better than
      murderers!"

95
"Don't you dare say 
       that!"

96
"Holmes knows the
 river's rising and there's
 liable to be a flood
 that'll sweep this town 
         away!"

97
"Father warned him he'd
 have to reinforce the
 Gateway - that's why
    we're fired."

98
Homeward bound from 
the sullen Colorado.

99
The caravan of Jefferson
 Worth - seeking a new
 and safer land for his 
        people.

100
"Hello, Tex, where you 
        bound?"

101
"Hey, Pat, where you 
       heading?"

102
"Barbara! You said you'd
 be waiting. What does
      this mean?"

103
"That we're leaving
  Kingston forever."

104
"Barbara, I demand an
 explanation. My love
 for you gives me that
       right!"

105
"Your love! You love
 nothing but money!
 The money of poor
 souls who trusted
   you as I did."

106
"Why is Mr. Worth
 leaving Kingston?"

107
"Because I fired his entire
 gang for spreading lies
 about a flood that's
 supposed to destroy
      Kingston."

108
"He thinks he can wreck
 me but I'll wreck him -
 I'll show this desert rat
    how I can fight!"

109
"Worth and the Seer 
 are right. The Indians
 prophesy the biggest
  flood of history."

110
"Now YOU are listening
   to the Indians!"

111
"The Gateway must be 
     reinforced!"

112
"You're fired too!"

113
Jefferson Worth's pledge of
 faith to his people -
 the month-old town of
Barba, high up on the mesa.

114
"Three cheers for Jefferson 
 Worth - - the saviour of
       the desert!"

115
"I've got Worth where
 I want him now -
 he can't meet his
  next pay-roll."

116
Pay day in Barba.

117
"Another bank refuses
 me credit. Greenfield has
 blocked me in every
 direction - I can't meet
     my pay-roll."

118
"Don't give up - Cartwright,
 the big New York financier,
 has just reached San Felipe -
 if we appeal to him, perhaps -"

119
While at San Felipe Willard
 Holmes, branded as an
 enemy, fights for the
West and Barbara Worth.

120
"Mr. Cartwright, you're
 here for a vacation. I
 offer you the greatest
 sport in the world - -"

121
"- Fight the Colorado
 river and whip it!"

122
"You can save a people
 from ruin, make millions
 for yourself and build
  a new Empire here."

123
Greenfield's "agent".

124
"Worth has skipped. We'll
 never get our pay -
 let's wreck the damn 
 town and go back to
      Kingston."

125
"Sorry, Miss, in spite of
 all I can do to quiet
 them, the men are
 threatening to burn
      the town."

126
"Explain to them that
 Father has gone to
 San Felipe to get the
       money."

127
"We'll go down and
 explain the little delay
 and keep 'em in a
    good humor."

128
"Mr. Cartwright, our 
 mission is useless.
 Our enemy, Mr. Holmes,
 is here ahead of us."

129
"On the contrary, my friend
 Mr. Holmes, has persuaded
 me to invest in your project,
 and also to advance money
 for your immediate needs."

130
"I want to speak to 
    Mr. Worth."

131
"Barbara, have you
 forgotten my voice?"

132
"I asked for my father."

133
"The men are threatening
 to burn down the town."

134
"Tell them I've got
     the money."

135
"Abe Lee will ride back
   with it at once."

136
"I'll tell the men!"

137
"I'll get the cash for you
         at once."

138
"I'll ride with Abe Lee.
 The risk is too great
     for one man."

139
"Holmes, you are trying
 to play the hero for 
 Barbara, but don't forget
 it's a twenty-four hour ride."

140
"This is no time to
 pick a quarrel with
      me, Lee."

141
"Worth's raised the pay
 roll and Abe Lee's ridin'
    through with it!"

142
"My friend, little Rosebud's
 gang will pick him off at
 Devil's Canyon and take
 the pay roll for the job."

143
"You just set pritty and
 know nothin', and leave
 Abe to the sweet-smellin'
        Rosebud."

144
Daybreak at Devil's
     Canyon.

145
Nightfall at Barba -
 with no sign of
    Abe Lee.

146
"Don't mind me, Holmes.
 Please take the money
        and go."

147
"Ride, Holmes! For
 God's sake, ride!"

148
"Seein' your smilin' faces
 reminds me of what
 Mrs. Murphy said to
  Mrs. Casey - -"

149
"'Are you ever troubled
 with cold feet?' says
 Mrs. Casey. 'I am,' says
 Mrs. Murphy, 'but they're
      not me own'."

150
"Now I'll tell one."

151
"The crowd's just
 laughin' at one of
 Pat's little jokes."

152
"Abe Lee is dead -
 You'd better come
     with me."

153
"It's Abe - -"

154
"Abe is at Coyote Wells -
 wounded - send help!"

155
The morning.

156
"Am I killing you?"

157
"I rather enjoy it."

158
"Do you know how
 wonderful you are?"

159
"Barbara, Barbara, 
   I love you!"

160
"I realize now that
 your love for me is
 a sister's love for a
       brother."

161
"I refuse to enter this
        house!"

162
"So you are in love
 with Barbara Worth?"

163
"Yes, sir - she means
 more to me than
 anything else in the
      world."

164
"A man of your
 position - to marry
  a desert waif!"

165
"I shall never ask her
   to marry me - -"

166
"- because she loves
    another man."

167
"There's a cloud-burst on
 the upper river - the
 gateway is overflowing
       already!"

168
"Some of you warn the
 ranchers! We'll warn
      the town!"

169
"The Colorado's broken
 through. Run for your 
        lives!"

170
"Run for your lives! The
   Colorado's coming!"

171
"Run for your lives!
 The water's breaking 
      through!"

172
"Run for the high
       mesa!"

173
"Go on to Barba! You'll
     be safe there!"

174
Morning at Barba.

175
"Our battle with the River
 has just begun - we've
 got to drive it back and
 hold it there - the future
 of this Valley is in our
         hands!"

176
"Miss Worth, you have
 little reason to like 
        me - -"

177
"I don't expect you to,
 but I do ask you to
 be fair to Willard."

178
"You have misjudged
 him - he loves you -
 will always love you,
 though he believes it
   to be hopeless."

179
"God bless you and
  keep you safe."

180
"When the fight is
 won  I'm coming
  back for you."

181
And Holmes won! The
  river, arch Enemy of
  Man, became his
servant - - harnessed to
    do his will.

182
The glorious dream was
 a glorious reality. The
sun-blistered wasteland
had become a second Eden.

183
Orange groves -

184
Vineyards -

185
Thriving little cities -
  a new Empire in
  the Wilderness.

186
And there was great joy,
 and the young crops
 grew and flourished
      mightily.

THE END


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