Fred Fearnot’s New Ranch - Hal Standish - ebook

Fred Fearnot’s New Ranch ebook

Hal Standish

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Standish was an American author of kopeck novels, adventure stories and abstinence novels. He wrote about 60 titles in the Fred Fearnot series, many of which were published in Work and Win and Pluck and Luck. Fred Fearnot’s New Ranch is a novel for young teens that teaches self-control, rewards for honesty, hard work and friendship. The novel not only teens can teach something, but adults as well.-

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Contents

CHAPTER I. FEARNOT AND OLCOTT AT FREEDONIA

CHAPTER II. TERRY OLCOTT ON DECK

CHAPTER III. HOW FRED, TERRY AND EVELYN RETURNED TO TEXAS

CHAPTER IV. HOW FRED AND TERRY FIXED UP EVELYN’S HOME ON THE RANCH

CHAPTER V. EVELYN ON THE NEW RANCH

CHAPTER VI. EVELYN’S FIRST DAY ON THE NEW RANCH

CHAPTER VII. FRED AND TERRY AFTER CATTLE THIEVES

CHAPTER VIII. FRED AND TERRY CAPTURE CATTLE THIEVES

CHAPTER IX. WHAT HAPPENED TO THE COWBOY WHO INSISTED ON WORK OR FIGHT

CHAPTER X. CONCLUSION

CHAPTER I

FEARNOT AND OLCOTT AT FREEDONIA

Fearnot and Olcott remained in Wall Street after the great excitement occasioned, by Fred’s sudden change of front, when he turned from a bull to a bear in the market, quietly waiting for another chance to make a deal.

All the brokers in the Street had nothing else to talk about for the time being but that singular event, and it became well known that the brokers who had been attempting to crush him the second time narrowly escaped being themselves completely ruined.

Although Fred and Terry didn’t reap the benefit of the change as much as they expected, they made a neat little sum, and Broker Bellamy, who had been Fred’s most persistent enemy, was so badly crippled that many brokers thought he was completely ruined.

His two nephews, thinking that Fred had been too harsh with their uncle, hired a couple of thugs to give him a good beating, but the news of their intention having reached Fred’s ears, Terry kept inside the typewriter’s room an hour after the close of business for some time.

One afternoon the thugs entered the room and the leader fell into Fred’s terrible grip, and he squeezed his ribs so fiercely that several of them were broken. The wounded slugger’s pal was roundly thrashed, too, by Terry, who couldn’t resist the temptation to take a hand in it, but he was permitted to take his friend out to the hospital.

The building was so nearly deserted at the time that the news did not get out.

The two young nephews of Broker Bellamy on learning of the failure of their hired assassins, immediately sailed from New York for parts unknown, and all Wall Street became interested in the question of what had become of them, where they had gone and why they had left the city between sunset and sunrise.

Fred and Terry believed that they knew just why they had gone away, but, of course, had no idea where they had gone.

Broker Bellamy, who was very fond of his two stalwart nephews, intimated that he believed that Fred and Terry knew what had become of them, and, from that, the gossips began saying that the old broker had charged Fred and Terry with making way with his two nephews. At first Fred and Terry laughed at it, and so did all Wall Street. Nobody believed it except their enemies, who were willing to believe anything to their discredit.

Terry finally called up Broker Bellamy and took him to task for starting such a report that they had had some hand in making way with his nephews, but the old man, of course, denied the charge, whereupon Terry told him of the hired sluggers who had attacked Fred in his office, and how their attack had proved an absolute failure.

One of the sluggers had died from being shot by a crook after making confession to one of the surgeons that he had been hired by the two Bellamy boys, and that therefore he ought to understand why his nephews had absconded from the city.

The old fellow was dumfounded, and it was probably true when he denied that he knew anything about the attack on Fearnot, and so he refused to make any retraction whatever.

Then Terry wrote an account of the whole incident and had it published in one of the big dailies. This was a shock to the entire city.

Terry obtained an affidavit from one of the surgeons who had treated the wounded man in the hospital and one also from the other thug who had witnessed and taken part in the attack corroborating the charge that Terry had made.

It came very near ruining the old broker, who already had many enemies in the Street, and it gradually forced him to retire.

After that Fred and Terry took part in several more little deals, some of which panned out pretty well, while others profited them little or nothing; but in the aggregate they had gathered in a pretty good sum during the season, and they decided that they were pretty well paid for their return to Wall Street; so they finally decided to go back down into Texas to look after their new ranch and try to add another thousand head of cattle to their herd.

They wrote Jack that they were going to return south, and as soon as Jack received their letter he promptly wired back to them to stay there until he joined them, as he intended to come up after his mother and to marry Katy Malone, who was still working in the office with Louise Crane.

“Great Scott, Terry!” said Fred. “Jack has finished his house by this time, and now he is in a hurry to get his mother and sweetheart down there with him.”

“Well, I don’t blame him, Fred. Katy is a sweet girl and dead in love with him, while his mother wants her along as a companion.”

“Very true; but, Terry, I fear that he is making a mistake.”

“Don’t say anything about that, Fred,” advised Terry, “for it would hurt both his and her feelings, and probably his mother’s. I don’t see how it is possible that his house can be finished ready for occupancy in such a short time.”

“Neither do I, and I’m going to wire to him and ask him if the house is finished, and if it isn’t I’ll just advise him to postpone his trip North until it is.” So he wired to Crabtree, and the dispatch was sent down the road by the operator to him.

Jack promptly answered the question by saying that the house was not yet finished, and would not be for several months yet, but that his mother and Katy could find comfortable quarters in one of the other houses.

Fred immediately wired back:

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