Like the story of Damon and Pythias of old, there existed between these two men a friendship absolutely devoid of selfishness. The two boys decide to celebrate by a trip to town. Upon their arrival they round up their friends, and it is not long before Steve is intoxicated. Steve's pistol goes off accidentally, hitting a cattleman, who falls backward over the faro table. Steve dashes out, mounts his horse and rides away. A few miles of fresh air bring him to a realization of what he has done, and he is heartily repentant. Thinking of poor Dave there alone, he determines to return and give himself up. Back at town excitement reigns supreme, and a vigilance committee was forming to go in pursuit of Steve when he rode up. They took him in charge, and after a speedy trial, he is sentenced to be hanged at four in the morning, thus giving him just four hours' grace. Asking for time to go and see his mother, Dave offers to stay as bond for his return, and he goes off on his sad errand. His ...
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