Code of the West Author:Zane Grey Of the many problems that had beset Mary Stockwell during her two years of teaching school in the sparsely settled Tonto Basin of Arizona, this last one was the knottiest, the one that touched her most keenly. For it involved her little sister, Georgiana May, who was on her way to Arizona to be cured, the letter from their mother disclosed, or a... more » slight tendency toward tuberculosis, and a very great leaning toward indiscriminate flirtation.
This day Mary was unusually tired. She had walked all the way up to the little log school-house on Tonto Creek - six miles - and back again to the Thurman ranch at Green Valley, where she boarded. Her eighteen pupils, ranging from six-year-old Mytie Thurman to sixteen-year-old Richard, had broken all records that day for insubordination. then the hot sun of the September afternoon and the thick dust of the long dry road through the brush and forest had taxed her to extreme weariness. Consequently she was not at her best to receive such a shock as her mother's letter had given her.« less