BOOK CLUB READER’S REVIEWS:
Trap of Gold and Keep Travelin’ Rider by Louis L’Amour
Reviews by Ruby Simms
“TRAP OF GOLD: Weatherton left his wife (Laura) and son (Tommy) in Horsehead and set out to search for gold. He had been gone three months before he found gold. He dug a tunnel just big enough for his body to squeeze through. He became more nervous by the day, because each time he went into the mountain, he felt the vibrations. He set a goal of $10,000.00 in gold, and then he would return to his wife and son. The gold vein he saw kept coaxing him to go back inside the tunnel. It was there for the taking. He saw it. However, each time he felt the vibrations, he noted the falling pieces of stone. This time he hurried to get out of the tight fitting tunnel. He got out of the tunnel in the nick of time, just before the rocks collapsed it all. Although the best gold was there for the taking, the love of his family drew him back to Horsehead. He took his sacks of gold and happily left the mountain feeling relieved that his life had been spared.”
“KEEP TRAVELIN’ RIDER: Tack Gentry rode up to his Uncle John’s ranch cabin. He had not been to the ranch in a long time. He was puzzled by its rundown condition since his uncle used to take pride in the appearance of his property. A stranger came out of the house. His name was Sonderman. Later in the story, the readers learn that Sonderman shot and killed Tack’s Uncle John and took over the ranch, putting his brand on John’s cattle. He told Tack that his uncle had died in a gunfight. Tack grew angry and suspicious because he knew it was a lie. Tack’s Uncle John was a Quaker who disliked violence. He never owned a gun, nor did he have the use of his right hand after having it injured at Shiloh.
Soderman told Tack to go into the town of Sunbonnet and tell the people he was sent by Soderman. Tack followed his instructions but was not given a friendly welcome. He was roughed up. Tack began to find out that the town folk were afraid to talk against the law in town due to the corruption. Pete Liscomb used to be the sheriff, but now Dick Olney was, and he answered to Van Harden, Soderman and the judge. They were in cahoots. Too many sudden “accidents” and lies were happening under their watch.
Tack Gentry had spoken to Anson Childs about the corruption. Childes was an honest attorney and wanted to go to Austin to bring back the rangers for an investigation. Word leaked out of his plans, and he was shot. Everyone thought he was dead. Tack Gentry was arrested and put in jail for murder. While in jail, flooding waters from the creek behind the jail eroded the soil from the corner of the jail building. The rains came down heavy. Tack used his belt buckle to help thin the flooring. He jumped on the thinner cement until he broke through the floor. Everyone thought he had drowned, but he went upstairs to Anson Childs’ room and hideout. Days later, he heard footsteps coming up the stairs and someone pushed the door open. There stood Childes! He survived and was able to get to the Texas rangers and bring them back to town for an investigation.”
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