The first thing I knew, while I was tusslin' with one feller, somebody fetched me a rap on the head with a pistol-butt, an' I went down for the count. Any of the boys shot up?" Wade described the appearance of the ranch house on the previous night, and Santry swore right manfully. "What's on the cards now?" he demanded. "How much longer are we goin' to stand for...."

Manewaring's hand appeared over the edge of the table and gave a trembling jerk toward the pistol-butt. Then it fell back into his lap. He gasped. A drop of sweat ran down his temple into his gray beard. Again the only sounds were the tick of the cabin clock, the wash of the seas outside and the hoarse breathing of the cornered man.

'Take that, said Fergus, striking the boy upon the head with the heavy pistol-butt with his whole force 'take that for acting without orders, and lying to disguise it. Callum received the blow without appearing to flinch from it, and fell without sign of life. 'Stand still, upon your lives! said Fergus to the rest of the clan; 'I blow out the brains of the first man who interferes between Mr.

A man putting such indignity upon him, at first view of that face, would have hastily laid his hand on his pistol-butt; the girl placed hers tremblingly above her heart. The man's self-restraint was wonderful. For an interminable moment which seemed an age to the frightened women for even old Abbie was blanched with comprehension and stood with clasped hands and white lips he was silent.

'Take that, said Fergus, striking the boy upon the head with the heavy pistol-butt with his whole force 'take that for acting without orders, and lying to disguise it. Callum received the blow without appearing to flinch from it, and fell without sign of life. 'Stand still, upon your lives! said Fergus to the rest of the clan; 'I blow out the brains of the first man who interferes between Mr.

And, lastly, my features had been beaten into an almost unrecognizable mass of bruised flesh by either a heavy-ringed fist or a pistol-butt. "Pete Gansevoort dragged you off on his back," my kinsman concluded. "Some of our men wanted to go back for the poor General, and for Cheseman and McPherson, but that Campbell creature would not suffer them.

Then McKay turned and sprang on the other, and for a minute it was a fight of tigers there on the cable platform until the battered visage of the Boche split with a scream and a crashing blow from McKay's pistol-butt drove him over the platform's splintered edge. And now, panting, bloody, dishevelled, he strained his ears, listening for a shot from the hog-back.

The rogue hath been my deadliest enemy seeking my destruction these fifteen years, and you would save him alive! It seemeth my pistol-butt must ha' harmed what little brain you have and you be run stark, staring mad, Martin!" "Howbeit," says I, mighty determined, "you don't hang these men whiles I live!"

"It made you invulnerable, but was it typhoid?" "No some head trouble." "Sunstruck?" queried the purser. "Hot as it is, that don't often happen in Arizona too dry." "Struck, but not by sun pistol-butt, perhaps," said Loring. "Night attack of Gila Bend robbers." "Oh, Lord, yes! I remember. I heard about that," said the genial purser. "Got away with some money, didn't they?"

His father was wearing the same black best-suit he had worn when they had parted five years ago. It had been new then; now it was shabby and had acquired a permanent wrinkle across the right hip, over the pistol-butt. Charley was carrying a gun, too; the belt and holster looked as though he had made them himself. His mother's dress was new and so was Flora's probably made for the occasion.