THE LAUGHTER OF SLIM MALONE (1919)

The Laughter of Slim Malone (1919)

A certain percentage of lawlessness is taken for granted in a mining town, but when Slim Malone started robbing stagecoaches, something had to be done…

by Max Brand

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  1. Time has little to do with reputation in the far West…
  2. It was then that Slim Malone appeared…
  3. The first effort was an impromptu organization of half a dozen angered miners who rode into the Weston Hills…
  4. Then the new mayor came to Appleton…
  5. The fame of Lefty had begun in Texas when he mortally wounded one greaser and crippled two others in a saloon fight…
  6. Appleton decreed the day of the arrival of the new sheriff a festival occasion…
  7. “Fellow citizens,‘” began the mayor…
  8. He paused and frowned the audience into a state of suspense…
  9. He hitched his holster a little forward again as he spoke and a deep silence fell upon the crowd…
  10. It should have been the signal for a day’s carousal…
  11. “Tell the new sheriff…
  12. “An’ what might all this here gang be for…
  13. There was not much bluff about Lefty Cornwall…
  14. It was complete night before he reached the upper end of Eagle Head Cañon…
  15. In his excitement he sprang upright and stared…
  16. At first he saw no other occupant of the place…
  17. “Hands up!” said Lefty softly…
  18. “Your end of this here party is all over…
  19. “It’s a good move, pal…
  20. “If you sure want a drink before we start…
  21. Lefty tightened his grip on the gun as Malone reached deeper into the hutch…
  22. “I reckon,” he said hesitatingly…
  23. He was, as he said, a fairly good judge…
  24. The music stopped…
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