Clearing the Range (1931)

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“Clearing the Range” is a Western novel written by American author and journalist, Emerson Hough. The story takes place in the late 1800s, during the time when the American frontier was gradually closing down, and the cattle industry was booming.

The plot revolves around the central character, Dave Morris, a cowboy who is a foreman on a large cattle ranch in Wyoming. Dave is tasked with clearing the open range of the free-grazing cattle and sheep, which have been causing conflicts with the cattle ranchers. The situation has escalated to the point where the local ranchers have formed a vigilante group to rid the range of the sheepmen.

Dave is an honest and respected cowboy who is determined to find a peaceful solution to the conflict. However, he is torn between his loyalty to his employer, who wants the sheepmen to be driven out, and his own sense of justice and fairness.

As the story unfolds, Dave’s efforts to find a peaceful resolution are complicated by the arrival of a beautiful and headstrong woman, Lucy Bostil, who owns a nearby sheep ranch. Dave and Lucy develop a mutual attraction, which further complicates the already tense situation.

Amidst the conflict and tension, Dave finally finds a way to clear the range without resorting to violence. His actions earn the respect and admiration of both the cattle and sheep ranchers, and he is hailed as a hero.

In conclusion, “Clearing the Range” is a compelling story that provides a glimpse into the tumultuous times of the Old West, where individualism and conflict were commonplace. It highlights the struggles and challenges faced by cowboys and ranchers in a rapidly changing world and explores the themes of loyalty, justice, and love.

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