The excerpt represents the core issue or deciding factor on which you must meditate, and is drawn from Wyoming by William MacLeod Raine:|
their graves or the penitentiaries.
The boy was manifestly under great fear of his chief, but the
curly haired young Hermes who kept watch with him had a very
winning smile and a charming manner when he cared to exert it.
Almost in spite of himself the youngster was led to talk. It
seemed that he had but lately joined the Teton-Shoshones outfit
of desperadoes, and between the lines Bannister easily read that
his cousin's masterful compulsion had coerced the young fellow.
All he wanted was an opportunity to withdraw in safety, but he
knew he could never do this so long as the "King" was alive and