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Black Valley Riders (Ranger Series, Book 24) by Ralph Cotton

By Ralph Cotton

Sounds like at any time when Arizona Ranger Sam Burrack turns over a rock, a Black Valley Rider jumps out. So while bounty hunters arrive in Minton Hill trailing an analogous outlaws, Sam has the same opinion to journey with them. hassle is, just a drunken gambler known as Tinnis Lucas is familiar with the place the group is holed up--a lifeless man's land referred to as Black Valley.

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Ten years later, over a hundred police were required to guard him between the Tokyo docks and the Imperial Hotel. On a two-month visit to Europe in 1931, which included a short detour into Africa, he had to abandon shopping expeditions in Algiers and Marrakech. In Berlin, he was the guest of the Reichstag. In Paris, the Briand Cabinet attended his investiture into the Legion of Honour. G. Wells, J. M. Barrie, Emil Ludwig, Lloyd George, Lady Astor, the King and Queen, the Prince of Wales, the Duke of Connaught and Bernard Shaw.

Which indeed he was, even though his conceit was a kind of bluster covering up the rueful knowledge that he was no more than a big fish in a tiny and socially rather murky pond of Southern California. On lonely evenings—and Chaplin always prized the good artist’s retreat into the loneliness that breeds ideas—he liked to go over to a favourite cafe in Santa Monica owned and run by one Nat Goodwin, a light comedian who had long ago established himself in London as what Max Beerbohm, among others, thought of as the supreme ‘American mime’.

It was probably about as luxurious as any of the rooms Chaplin rented in the boarding-houses of pre-war England, and as I was to learn, in working there the following year, it reflected Chaplin’s deep distrust of elegant surroundings whenever there was serious work on hand. It was also, it now strikes me, the reassuring home base that some men whose childhoods have been grindingly poor require in the years of their affluence. Chaplin himself had noticed the same trait in Bronco Billy Anderson and may have caught from him the courage to indulge it.

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