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Ribaul took it all in with quick eyes, and he rubbed his head. " he asked Pidgeon. " "I haven't seen Lamotte for several weeks," Pidgeon said with difficulty. "I haven't seen him a dozen times in my life. I hardly know him. Are those his tracks? They may be old tracks. I believe that he lives near here. " "He does live near here," Ribaul said. "And his tracks were not made yesterday. " "I didn't see him, Ribaul. " "That's no crime, though perhaps it should be. " "He's a man who has mutton, and does not keep sheep.

Now back to being the old character actress and doing the indomitable dame bit. " She zoomed away in the Dusie. She was a pleasant golden blob in the far distance. Who else ever had the finesse to grow old gracehully twice? She had class. THREE SHADOWS OF THE WOLF There was a sheep-killing wolf about, and that redneck sheriff Otis Pidgeon would have to do something about it. It was a big wolf (everybody seemed to have seen it except the sheriff) and stories were clustering about it. The folks swore that it was a big gray wolf, not a red wolf, and that was impossible.

The people in Royal had very dirty quicksilver in them and only a suspicious man could keep up with them. But what Pidgeon was suspicious of now was the strange wolf. Ragley said that the wolf stood as tall as a shetland pony, but the lies of Ragley had always stood as tall as a jack pine in a brush thicket. Kenrad said that the wolf had ears like a panther, jaws with the snap of a gator, the muzzle of a moose, and a gait like a high-shouldered ox. Pidgeon was smart enough to know that no wolf looked like that.

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