Sue Morgan gets Hoppy and his friends to join their expedition looking for Indian artifacts. Expedition leader Atwood makes a deal with nearby cattle rustler Morgan to loot the Indian ...
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At the reading of his late cousin's will, California learns the estate will be divied among whoever remains of the seven relatives. With one already dead, another immediately murdered, and ... See full summary »
Sue Morgan gets Hoppy and his friends to join their expedition looking for Indian artifacts. Expedition leader Atwood makes a deal with nearby cattle rustler Morgan to loot the Indian treasures instead and sell them. Hoppy is on to their plan and pretending to leave follows them. Not only is he outnumbered by Morgan's men, but California has himself about to be sacrificed in an Indian ritual. Written by
Maurice VanAuken <firstname.lastname@example.org>
The Hopalong Cassidy series came a cropper with Dangerous Venture where Hoppy, Lucky, and California serve as security for an archaeological expedition. There have been artifacts showing up and rumors of a secret Indian tribe up in the hills that the white folks call Ghost Indians.
It's Betty Alexander's expedition her dad was a good friend of Hoppy's but his health won't permit him to make the trip. She's got a colleague in Douglas Evans who's more interested in looting the treasures the Indians have as it is reputed they are remnants of Aztecs. The chief's son has the Indian name of Jose.
This story was more silly than anything else and you know that as soon as Hopalong Cassidy was not on the scene this tribe would have been reduced to peonage. As it is some outlaw gang is using their territory to hide stolen cattle and the leader of the rustlers and the greedy archaeologist form an alliance of convenience.
This was not one of the better entries in the series.
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