Matt Draper: From Riverboat Gambler to Frontier Banker
Amusing and amazing tales that were a part of settling the west as trains and telegraph began replacing stagecoaches and Pony Express counterparts.The lead character is a former riverboat gambler turned banker, using a start-up fund of winnings and discovery of an abandoned Confederate gold cache at the end of the Civil War. Clashes with drunken cowboys aboard a train, staving off a stagecoach hold-up, a shootout with villanous holdovers from the bloodthirsty Quantrill's Raiders, saving a child from drowning, thwarting a bank robbery and working in a cattle drive threatened by a coalition of farmers are some of the ingredients of the rousing adventure.As the tumultuous years pass the story culminates with the disastrous 1906 San Francisco earthquake.
The short story is often viewed as an inferior relation to the Novel.But it is an art in itself.To take a story and distil its essence into fewer pages while keeping character and plot rounded and driven is not an easy task.Many try and many fail.In this series we look at short stories from many of our most accomplished writers.Miniature…
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