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Ranson's Folly

by Richard Harding Davis

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1905. With illustrations by Frederic Remington, Walter Appleton Clark, Howard Chandler Christy, E.M. Ashe and F. Dorr Steele. American journalist and novelist who covered wars all over the world. His vivid accounts made him one of the leading reporters of his day. Ranson's Folly begins: The junior officers of Fort Crockett had organized a mess at the post-trader's. And a mess it certainly is, said Lieutenant Ranson. The dining-table stood between hogsheads of molasses and a blazing log-fire, the counter of the store was their buffet, a pool-table with a cloth, blotted like a map of the Great Lakes, their sideboard, and Indian Pete acted as butler. But none of these things counted against the great fact that each evening Mary Cahill, the daughter of the post-trader, presided over the evening meal, and turned it into a banquet. See other titles by this author available from Kessinger Publishing.

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In the darkness, he had been picked off for someone else. The next night, as he passed in the full light of the post-trader's windows, a shot came from among the dark shadows of the corral, and when he immediately sought safety in numbers among the Indians, cowboys, and troopers in the exchange, he was in time to see Cahill enter it from the other store, wrapping up a bottle of pain-killer for Mrs. Stickney's cook.

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Richard Harding Davis (1864-1916) was an American writer and journalist, born in Philadelphia, and educated at Lehigh and Johns Hopkins universities. He began as a reporter in Philadelphia. In 1890 he was managing editor of Harper's Weekly. He served as war correspondent for the London Times and the New York Herald during the Greco-Turkish (1897), Spanish-American (1898), South African (1899-1902), and Russo-Japanese (1904-5) wars; and he represented the New York Tribune in Mexico in 1914. During World War I he was correspondent with the French and British armies in Serbia. Among his most popular writings are Gallegher and Other Stories (1891), Soldiers of Fortune (1897), The Bar Sinister (1903), The Man Who Could Not Lose (1911); the plays Ranson's Folly (1904), The Dictator (1904), and Miss Civilization (1906); and many travel books. " He may or may not have been a born writer; sometimes I doubt whether there is such a thing as a born writer. But this much I do know - he was a born gentleman if ever there was one. As a writer his place is assured. But always I shall think of him as he was in his private life - a typical American, a lovable companion, and a man to the tips of his fingers."

Irvin S. Cobb (Irvin S. Cobb (1876-1944) was an American Humorist known for his books and short story collections, especially Old Judge Priest (1915))



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