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McGarver, the straw-boss, would always lie awake to enjoy a good brisk indecent story, but he liked Wrennie's admiration of him, so, lunging with his bull-like head out of his berth, he snorted: "Hey, you, Pete, it's time to pound your ear. Cut it out."
All we need to know is whether we have to break it apart or if we can carry it down mostly in one piece. First, though, we've got to organize ourselves. Jerry's the boss of this gang, and as Patrol Leader I propose to be straw-boss. Anybody got any objections? No? Well, then, Boss Jerry, what's orders?" Much pleased, Jerry thought over plans. A workable one quickly came to him.
The Spider felt tempted to resort to bribery, but there was something so officious and aggressively professional in the manner of this "straw-boss" as The Spider mentally labeled him that The Spider hesitated to flatter his egotism by admitting that he held the whip-hand. "Then mebby you can find out how he's getting along?" queried The Spider, in his high-pitched voice.
She sat in the saddle, her face ashen, terror clutching her. For the horseman who had ridden out of the covert was Stroud, the Rancho Seco straw-boss. He was grinning, and in his eyes was a gloating triumph that she could not mistake. "Lucky I took a notion to come in this mornin'," he said. "I just got here.
But if you say you're runnin' things, that makes it a whole lot different. We ain't buckin' 'Drag' Harlan's game." "Thank you," grinned Harlan. "I saw you reportin' to Miss Morgan. You're straw-boss, I reckon." "You've hit it. I'm Stroud Lafe Stroud." "You'll keep on bein' straw-boss," said Harlan, shortly. "I'm appointin' a foreman." "Where's Lawson?" It was Stroud who spoke.
For the outfit came in late in the afternoon following the night which had marked the death of Lawson the straw-boss explaining that he had received explicit orders from Lawson to "work" a grass level several miles down the river. One other reason for Barbara's failure to ride to the Star a reason that she did not permit to dwell prominently in her thoughts was resentment.
"Dry up!" irritatedly snapped a Canadian. "Aw, cut it out, you ," groaned another. "Shut up," added McGarver, the straw-boss. "Both of you." Raging: "Gwan to bed, Pete, or I'll beat your block clean off. I mean it, see? Hear me?" Yes, Pete heard him. Doubtless the first officer on the bridge heard, too, and perhaps the inhabitants of Newfoundland.
The impulse which had moved Harlan to send Red Linton to the T Down ranch to enlist the services of some of his old friends had resulted from a conviction that he could not depend upon those men of the Rancho Seco outfit who had seemed to him, to be unfriendly to Stroud, the straw-boss.
He sat in the saddle, his lips twitching into a sneer as he watched the straw-boss tumble from his horse and fall limply into the grass. Then with a smile that was hideous with a triumphant passion, he spurred his horse to Billy's side, pulled the girl from the saddle, and sent his horse up the valley, motioning his men to follow.
Frost came, and the few men tinkering about were chilled by the autumn winds that were wailing through the shutterless doors and glassless windows. Finally the foreman sent the Englishman to M. to help put up the machinery. He was a new man, and therefore was expected to take signals from the oldest man on the job, a sort of straw-boss.