You never can tell from where you stand whether it will be hit or miss and presumption is sometimes pardonable, for in the affair of Jim Doyle, the dandified cowboy of the camp, it looked as though the race was his. He was in fine form, the track was good and he was certainly in the running. Milly Howard, the belle of the camp, certainly gave all the impression that things were pretty well understood between them, as she seemed attracted by Jim's manly hearing, dandy appearance and extreme good nature, and so the boys all withdrew their suits, that is, all but one, Manuel the Mexican. He loved, and when he loved he was determined. So he sets to work to cut Dandy Jim out, and he succeeds. Jim, however, is persistent and one day escorts the fair Milly to her home from the village store. The sight of Jim and Milly strolling along together knocks to "pi" in the minds of the boys the Mexican's yarn that he and Milly are engaged, and when they see him they twit him about it. Manuel is ...
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