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1952 The Outcasts of Poker Flat Dale Robertson; Anne Baxteer


After the game was finished, Mr. American literature, the body of written works produced in the English language in the United States.

Oakhurst listened with quiet satisfaction. The Innocent, with the aid of pine-boughs, extemporized a thatch for the roofless cabin, and the Duchess directed Piney in the rearrangement of the interior with a taste and tact that opened the blue eyes of that provincial maiden to their fullest extent.

The spot was singularly wild and impressive.

There was a remembrance of this in his boyish and enthusiastic greeting of Mr. The young woman readjusted her somewhat draggled plumes with a feeble, faded coquetry; Mother Shipton eyed the possessor of "Five Spot" with malevolence, and Uncle Billy included the whole party in one sweeping anathema.


Your contribution may be further edited by our staff, and its publication is subject to our final approval. Tom Simson not only put all his worldly store at the disposal of Mr. Oakhurst and Mother Shipton, who was actually relaxing into amiability.

After Tom has gone on, Oakhurst shoots himself, presumably so he will not take the provisions the others need to survive. Two or three men, conversing earnestly together, ceased as he approached, and exchanged significant glances.

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They had been engaged a long time, but old Jake Woods had objected, and so they had run away, and were going to Poker Flat to be married, and here they were.

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For almost a century and a half, America was merely a group of colonies scattered…. Harte sketches the following days, during which the group is snowed in, with compassion and humor.

He had met him some months before over a "little game," and had, with perfect equanimity, won the entire fortune--amounting to some forty dollars--of that guileless youth.

Unfortunately, our editorial approach may not be able to accommodate all contributions. The fire was replenished, the men lay down before the door, and in a few minutes were asleep.

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It did her good, she privately informed the Duchess. The form encourages economy of setting, concise….

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In that advanced season, the party soon passed out of the moist, temperate regions of the foot-hills into the dry, cold, bracing air of the Sierras.

The tears rose to her eyes, but she hid them from Piney. But when he returned to the party, he found them seated by a fire--for the air had grown strangely chill and the sky overcast--in apparently amicable conversation. Unfortunately, our editorial approach may not be able to accommodate all contributions.

He started to his feet with the intention of awakening the sleepers, for there was no time to lose. We welcome suggested improvements to any of our articles.

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The Duchess turned away sharply to conceal something that reddened her cheeks through their professional tint, and Mother Shipton requested Piney not to "chatter. The Duchess, who remains behind with Piney, finally realizes that death is approaching.

It came slowly in a whirling mist of snowflakes, that dazzled and confused the eye. In the fresh, open face of the new-comer Mr. At the bottom of the article, feel free to list any sources that support your changes, so that we can fully understand their context.

John Oakhurst, gambler, stepped into the main street of Poker Flat on the morning of the 23d of November,he was conscious of a change in its moral atmosphere since the preceding night.

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He looked at the gloomy walls that rose a thousand feet sheer above the circling pines around him; at the sky, ominously clouded; at the valley below, already deepening into shadow.

The Editors of Encyclopaedia Britannica. It brought the storm again and the whirling snow.

He looked over the valley, and summed up the present and future in two words--"Snowed in! And when pitying fingers brushed the snow from their wan faces, you could scarcely have told, from the equal peace that dwelt upon them, which was she that had sinned.

He did not waken the sleepers.

A few of the committee had urged hanging him as a possible example, and a sure method of reimbursing themselves from his pockets of the sums he had won from them. Only Mother Shipton--once the strongest of the party--seemed to sicken and fade. And they were tired out, and how lucky it was they had found a place to camp, and company. But it revealed drift on drift of snow piled high around the hut--a hopeless, uncharted, trackless sea of white lying below the rocky shores to which the castaways still clung.

The Duchess, more cheerful than she had been, assumed the care of Piney.

A careful inventory of the provisions, which, fortunately for the party, had been stored within the hut, and so escaped the felonious fingers of Uncle Billy, disclosed the fact that with care and prudence they might last ten days longer. He was too much of a gambler not to accept fate. The luck gives in first. Articles from Britannica Encyclopedias for elementary and high school students.

Oakhurst, who was known to be a coolly desperate man, and for whose intimidation the armed escort was intended, the expatriated party consisted of a young woman familiarly known as the "Duchess"; another who had won the title of "Mother Shipton"; and "Uncle Billy," a suspected sluice-robber and confirmed drunkard.

He started to his feet with the intention of awakening the sleepers, for there was no time to lose. Oakhurst returned from a weary search for the trail, he heard the sound of happy laughter echoed from the rocks. Piney was actually talking in an impulsive, girlish fashion to the Duchess, who was listening with an interest and animation she had not shown for many days. There was a Sabbath lull in the air, which, in a settlement unused to Sabbath influences, looked ominous.

Oakhurst overruled this narrower local prejudice. When the body of Mother Shipton had been committed to the snow, Mr.

With the easy good-humor characteristic of his class, he insisted upon exchanging his own riding-horse, "Five Spot," for the sorry mule which the Duchess rode. It bore the following, written in pencil, in a firm hand: Oakhurst, drawing his blanket over his shoulders, stroked his mustaches and waited for the dawn. There was a problem with your submission. And, doing so, suddenly he heard his own name called. The Editors of Encyclopaedia Britannica. The wind lulled as if it feared to waken them.


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