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On The Frontier
by Bret Harte
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"A marvellous collection by Harte in which each story is brimming with action and adventure. A deep atmosphere of foreboding pervades these narratives. However, the heroic actions of central characters shine and sparkle through this darkness of the surrounding scenes. Astounding!"
Wait, said Patterson, glancing towards the building. Its blank, shutterless windows revealed no inner light; a profound silence encompassed it. "Come quick," he whispered. Letting his grasp slip down to the unresisting hand of the stranger, he half-dragged, half-led him, brushing against the wall, into the open door of the deserted bar-room he had just quitted, locked the inner door, poured a glass of whiskey from a decanter, gave it to him, and then watched him drain it at a single draught.
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