BOBBY IN THE BLACK HILLS.

In which Bobby Brown, former women warrior, tells a certain little girl an exciting tale of the frontier. Iowa, 1887.       “Tell me a story, Bobby,” said Lucie. “A story ‘bout you before you came to live with us. I like those kinda stories.”       “Well, I already tole you ‘bout Black Bart,” replied Bobby,…

THE MARQUESS AND THE NAZI.

In which an English aristocrat finds common ground with a Nazi ambassador. London, November, 1936.      “What do you know about Joachim Von Ribbentrop?” asked the Chief.      “Not too much, sir,” replied Alan Bowman. “Just that he’s the German ambassador to London, and that he’s a bigwig in the Nazi party, very close to…

GRANDMA’S TALE

In which a grandmother tells the sad story of exile from her native land. Saskatchewan, Canada, 1901.      “Tell us that story, Grandma,” said twelve year old Glenna MacKenzie.      Outside the snug cabin near Wapella, Saskatchewan, Canada, an icy wind was blowing snow against the walls.     “And what story wud that be you’re…

PAXTON AND THE PRICELESS DOCUMENT.

In which Sergeant Paxton outwits a notorious safecracker.      Only a crazy Dutchman like Van den Burg would want to own the Magna Carta, thought Toby Ross as he stepped off the Edinburgh train at Durham station. But as ‘e’s payin’ me so ‘andsome, why should I care?      He glanced cautiously up and down…

THE THREAT

In which union comrades defy the Klu Klux Klan.      Sven Johansson was so busy examining the imposing white-washed building across Tenth Street that he didn’t hear the black car pull up alongside the curb behind him. All at once his arms were seized on either side, and he was hustled toward the open car…

THE STAGECOACH DRIVER

In which our hero, Bobby Brown encounters a famous outlaw. California, 1882.      Bobby Brown sat perched atop the driver’s seat on the Concord stagecoach, rattling up the gravelly trail south of Copperopolis, California.      Some years had passed since she had volunteered, disguised as a man, to fight for the Union forces in the…

THE SOLDIER (part 2)

In which the adventures of Bobby, the 'woman warrior', reach an exciting conclusion.       Bobby’s mind was in a whirl as the chaos unfolded around her. Whining bullets whipped through the trees. Hoarse yells and screams of pain rang out all around her. Every few moments the impact of shells exploding nearby shook the earth…

THE SOLDIER.

In which a doctor discovers an unusual secret. Antietam, Maryland, 1862.      “I know your secret,” said the doctor softly.       “What secret?” croaked the bandaged figure, lying on the cot.       “I think you know what I mean,” replied the doctor.        A shudder of pain ran through the wounded soldier’s body, and a…

THE BIG SWOON (Part 4)

London, England, March, 1937.      “I still think it’s a mistake, forming your own band, Al. I’m not sure England’s ready for an act with a vocalist out front!”      The speaker was a reporter from Melody Maker, Britain’s prominent music newspaper.      “Nonsense,” retorted Al briskly. “Times are changing. In America vocalists such as…

THE BIG SWOON (Part 3)

    In which Al Bowly becomes 'a heart-throb' and conquers America. “This is the BBC, and it’s time for the late night dance music program. Tonight, as on every Tuesday night, our broadcast brings you, live from the Monseigneur Restaurant in London’s West End, the Roy Fox orchestra featuring vocalist Al Bowlly.”      Across London…