Female lumber mill owner accuses her stepson of a sabotage campaign, and hires Paladin to stop it. After her husband died the widow disinherited the stepson. Motive, opportunity, yes, but ...
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Female lumber mill owner accuses her stepson of a sabotage campaign, and hires Paladin to stop it. After her husband died the widow disinherited the stepson. Motive, opportunity, yes, but Paladin's feelings about her become very mixed: sympathetic, aroused, and increasingly suspicious. Written by
I've been told, rightly or wrongly, that a faller (tree downer) never shouts "Timber!" to warn nearby crews but is more likely to yell out something like "Headache!" or "Hell on the Hill!"
Well, there's Hell on THIS Hill when an attractive and recently widowed Lumber Baroness hires Paladin to rid her of the disinherited Stepson who keeps taking pot shots at her work gangs, hampering production and threatening the wealth she needs to compensate for an impoverished childhood. (Yes, there's a more than a hint of "fringe benefits" for Paladin as well.)
This is actually rather a lightweight episode, enlivened by fascinating footage of a 19th logging operation complete with choke-setters, gin poles. and (of course) Swedish fiddles. And of Paladin quite literally up a tree. He somewhat redeems the tale with a closing quote from the Irish poet and playwright Richard Brinsley Sheridan ("The School for Scandal") about how Love "gilds the scene", and who really guides the plot!
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