Richard James, better known among the boys of Barston as Parson James, was a minister of the gospel, but as his profession was not remunerative, he took up a claim on the mountain side that brought him a profitable sum. While working the claim Cummings, a gambler, and his wife, "Frisco Nell," were requested to leave town. Cummings was caught cheating at cards. "Frisco Nell" had a beautiful baby about a year old and fearing that a forced tramp over the mountains would kill the little one, she decided to leave it in the parson's care. When James returned after his day's work, he found the tot cuddled up on the sofa and a note told him that he had become a foster father. The camp were soon notified of the arrival of the parson's baby and each one wanted to contribute to the child's support, but the parson believed that he could take care of the child himself. When she grew older, she was sent to a convent and in a few years returned to the parson, a beautiful woman. Now that she had ...
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