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my hand. What was that I had hold of? It felt like a
stubble field. I walked to the mirror and passed my
fingers across my cheeks, peering as a woman does for
her first grey hair. My beard! It was bristling! I
had shaved not three hours ago.
Surely I was quite mad. Somewhere a padded
cell waited. I picked up the telephone again. I might
as well convince the operator of my condition.
"What day is this, please?" in the sanest voice I.
Wednesday? Then instead of a mere half hour I
had been there twenty-four hours.
I made myself presentable and descended to the
For the first time in my experience, I was unaffected
by the beauty of this masterpiece of the architect's creation;
the gleaming white marble stairway, the double
row of massive onyx columns with their gold-touched
capitals, the royal palms softening the severe outline.
The orchestra was playing a tantalizing, popular
I had a wild desire to grab one of the pretty young
women and whirl her around the balcony.
Again I searched the crowd for Stetson, Spencer,
Hamlin, Ward and Gerber.
Not a man in the lobby resembled any one of them.
Closing my eyes, I could at will call up one or all of
them in startling vividness.
I knew thev were mine for all time.
From that moment I began the chase, the world my
.* * * *
During the time Spencer "visited" us at the ranch
and pretended to be deeply interested in the purchase of
it, some other parties came to look at it with the same
purpose in view. They were from Ladonia, Texas,
Here’s what’s next.
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Norfleet, J. Frank, 1864-. Norfleet: the actual experiences of a Texas rancher's 30,000-mile transcontinental chase after five confidence men., book, 1924; Ft. Worth, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth5864/m1/41/: accessed July 21, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .