The Pony Rider Boys in the Grand Canyon

Frank Gee Patchin
The Pony Rider Boys in the
Grand Canyon
by Frank Gee

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Title: The Pony Rider Boys in the Grand Canyon The Mystery of
Bright Angel Gulch
Author: Frank Gee Patchin
Release Date: July 22, 2004 [EBook #12997]
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Mystery of Bright Angel Gulch
by Frank Gee Patchin

I. Westward Ho! II. A View of the Promised Land III. Tenderfeet Show
Their Skill IV. A Night in the Crater V. Tad Lend a Helping Hand VI.
A Sight that Thrilled VII. On the Rim of Eternity VIII. The City in the
Skies IX. Chunky Wants to go Home X. Escape is Wholly Cut Off XI.
A Trying time XII. Braving the Roaring Colorado XIII. A Battle
Mightily Waged XIV. The Dogs Pick up a Trail XV. The Mystery of
the Rifle XVI. A New Way to Hunt Lions XVII. The Whirlwind Ball
of Yellow XVIII. The Unwilling Guest Departs XIX. The Fat Boy
Does a Ghost Dance XX. In the Home of the Havasupais XXI. Chunky
Gets a Turkish Bath XXII. A Magical Cure XXIII. Stacy as an Indian
Fighter XXIV. Conclusion
"Ow, Wow, Wow, Wow! Y-E-O-W!"
Tad Butler, who was industriously chopping wood at the rear of the
woodshed of his home, finished the tough, knotted stick before looking
The almost unearthly chorus of yells behind him had not even startled
the boy or caused him to cease his efforts until he had completed what
he had set out to do. This finished, Tad turned a smiling face to the
three brown-faced young men who were regarding him solemnly.

"Haven't you fellows anything to do?" demanded Tad.
"Yes, but we have graduated from the woodpile," replied Ned Rector.
"I got my diploma the first time I ever tried it," added Chunky Brown,
otherwise and more properly known as Stacy Brown. "Cut a slice of my
big toe off. They gave me my diploma right away. You fellows are too
"Come in the house, won't you? Mother'll be glad to see you," urged
"Surely we will," agreed Walter Perkins. "That's what we came over to
"Oh, it is, eh?"
"Didn't think we came over to help you chop wood, did you?"
demanded Chunky indignantly.
"Knowing you as I do, I hadn't any such idea," laughed Tad. "But come
The boys filed in through the wood house, reaching the sitting room by
way of the kitchen. Tad's mother gave them a smiling welcome, rising
to extend a warm, friendly hand to each.
"Sit down, Mrs. Butler," urged Walter.
"Yes, we will come to you," added Ned.
"We haven't lost the use of our legs yet, Mrs. Butler," declared the fat
Chunky, growing very red in the face as he noted the disapproving
glances directed at him by his companions.
"I hope you won't mind Chunky, Mrs. Butler," said Ned apologetically.
"You know he has lived among savages lately, and-----"
"Yes, ma'am, Ned and I have been constant companions for---how long

has it been, boys?"
"Shut up!" hissed Ned Rector in the fat boy's ear. "I'll whale you when
we get outside, if you make any more such breaks."
"Never mind, boys; Stacy and myself are very old, old friends,"
laughed Mrs. Butler.
"Yes, ma'am, about a hundred years old, more or less. Oh, I beg your
pardon. I didn't mean it just that way," stammered Chunky, coloring
again and fumbling his cap awkwardly.
"Now you have said it," groaned Walter.
"Go way back in the corner out of sight and sit down before I start
something," commanded Ned. "You must excuse us, Mrs. Butler. It is
as Chunky has said. We are all savages---some of us more so than
others, some less."
"It is unnecessary to make apologies. You are just a lot of healthy
young men, full of life and spirits." Mrs. Butler patted Tad
affectionately on the head. "Tad knows what I think of you all and how
appreciative we both are over what Mr. Perkins has done for us. Now
that I have had a little money left me, I am glad that Tad is able to
spend more time with you in the open. I presume you will soon be
thinking of another trip."
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