By R. B. Townshend
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But when I told how Mr. Crocker had so very nearly killed me overnight while trying to exhibit the correct manipulation of that hippocket pistol Jake's hearty whole-souled laugh rang right out. " he scoffed. "Why, you hear me talk, I'll lay as he ain't nuthin' but a Chicago drummer. " he repeated with the withering scorn of the Man from California. "Trust him for messing about with a man's weapon. 'Scuse my saying so, if he's a friend of yourn, but Lord! what a damn fool trick that was of his! " He looked at my empty plate and coffee-cup-Mrs.
Governor Gilpin received me cordially, shook hands, and at once began to hold forth on what most particnlarly interested him just now, 42 THE TALE OF A TENDERFOOT namely the exploration of the Grand Canon of the Colorado River. "The greatest gash on the earth's surface, Mr. Townshend," said he impressively. "It is 500 miles in length and a mile in vertical depth. The walls are a series of precipices rising to that amazing height. Never has it been traversed by mortal man. Dead bodies of Indian braves have been washed down it, bodies of Utes or Navajos, or Apaches, slain in their intertribal wars and given to the current, but never yet has any living human being passed that way.
You'll find me at Mr. D. A. " Yes, this owner of a million acres used a friend's office and didn't mind admitting it. He certainly was a character. The stage got to Denver at last, and I put up at an hotel recommended to me, the American House. I wrote at once to Ally Hodges, my mining engineer friend. Last year he had paid a visit to Cambridge on his way back to America from Germany where he had been studying, and I had made friends with him there. Since then we had exchanged letters, 44 THE TALE OF A TENDERFOOT and I wanted to get up to Central City if, as I had reason to believe, he was there.