Norfleet: the actual experiences of a Texas rancher's 30,000-mile transcontinental chase after five confidence men. Page: 44 of 369
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"We are a long, long way from poverty, Frank!
You always have found a way to handle things, and I
am confident you can meet the debt when it comes due."
This helped a lot, and I began to see that a little
time would work things out. But I wanted to go after
I wanted personally the satisfaction of settling with
them. But I felt too keenly the ignominy of having
fallen down in this last deal, when she had taken my
judgment in the matter so unquestioningly. I felt at
that moment that I would never again start anything
without her full knowledge and consent.
"Wife," I cried tremulously, "I want to go after
those crooks myself. I want to go get them with my
own wits and gun."
"Of course you do," she rejoined. "I'll take care
of the ranch. You just go and get those good-fornothing
crooks. And remember, Frank, bring them in
alive. Any fool can kill a man."
Up to this time it had never occurred to me just
what action I expected to take when I got them. I
realized undoubtedly that they had forfeited their lives
to me by betraying my trust, but now I determined upon
taking them alive, letting the courts decide their punishment.
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/m1/44/: accessed July 27, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .