Hugh had been absent a couple of weeks in Montana and Wyoming, whither he was drawn by a yearning of many years' standing to engage in the cattle business. He had received some tuition as a cowboy on the Llano Estacada, and the taste there acquired of the free, wild life, supplemented, doubtless, by his experience during the war, was held in restraint for a time only by his marriage.
The ranchmen who knew himâ€”and there were few who did notâ€”were his friends, for he was working in their interests. At whichever cabin he drew rein he was certain of a hospitable reception.
"But if we remain they may not try to fire the house."
"Why?" inquired Jennie, at his elbow.