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An Unfinished Novel

Borden Chantry II - Chapters 2-5
Several more chapters of the exciting sequel to the Louis L'Amour classic novel Borden Chantry.

"What about Turren Downer? Isn't he in prison?"

"Was. He isn't now. He's out and around."

"Do you think he'll come back here?"

"He's already here. . ."

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A Hand Drawn Map by Louis

Borden Chantry I & II Maps - Louis sometimes used hand drawn maps to help visualize the towns in which his characters lived. Often times these maps were based in part on places he had visited, ghost towns, Indian ruins, back country springs or the actual town itself if it existed. Here for the first time anywhere is an example of one of the maps that Louis drew during the planning stages for Borden Chantry. In the end some of the details about where Borden and his family lived and how the town he protected was laid out may have changed.

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Louis' Notes on the Novel

Borden Chantry - Story Notes outlining many of the characters and concepts that Louis wanted to explore in this story.

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Story Fragment

John Cable - Louis occasionally experimented with story sections in these fragments or false starts that ultimately turned up in his published work.

John Cable had nothing to leave his son but his wishes and what moral stamina, sense of values, and thoughtfulness he could instill into him. Much of this had been done, but it now remained for Cable to provide a theater in which Kinn could expand. In the 1850's the solution was obvious. They would go west.

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Story Fragment

Java Dix - Louis is mixing genres here; the hard boiled crime story spiced up with a background of south sea's adventure.

They call me Java, and my last name is Dix. Merchant seaman, prizefighter, lumberjack, placer miner in New Guinea, pearl poacher, gun runner, with the OSS during the war and after the war a freelance journalist, trader in the Indonesian island...and a few other things. It's been said that I'm a pretty tough lad. Fight? I've won and I've lost, but I won more than I lost and got off the floor a few times to win.

What do I know? to pan gold, how to handle any kind of gun...and a lot of odds and ends that a guy can pick up kicking around the world. And I can talk nine languages like I was born to them.

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Where to find stories - First published in The Writer, a magazine billed in 1942 as “the oldest magazine for literary workers.” Seeing that this periodical was founded in 1887 and is still published to this day I would tend to take them at their word.

You may stumble across them as easily, not recognize them at the time, but later realize that you had a story angle. Stories are everywhere, and all the writer needs is to keep his ears and eyes open. Of course, the longer you work at it the more proficient you become in picking up the thread of a plot.

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Complete Story Treatment

Where Flows The Bangkok - Why Dad wrote "Where Flows the Bangkok" as a treatment is unknown but it is lucky for us because the entire story is laid out here in short hand ... no need to guess at where it might have gone.

Morgan leaves a tramp steamer in Bangkok looking more like a beachcomber than the man he is looking for, a drifting ne're-do-well nephew of rich old Miles Vaughn, who had died leaving several millions and no relatives but Jim Vaughn. After several months of drifting from port to port, Morgan has finally arrived in Bangkok, aware that this was the last place Jim Vaughn had headed for -- twenty years before.

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Historical Research and Notes

In Defense of "How The West Was Won" - Though the Old West is not really very old, few were as well versed in its history and lore as Louis. In this extremely interesting and fact filled piece of correspondence, Louis makes the case for many of the differences between an early draft of his novelization of How the West Was Won and the movie itself.

"It is stated in the script that the passengers could take shelter behind the seats. It is obvious that whoever wrote that never shot at anything with a pistol. A .44 or .45 (of the type used in those days) would shoot through seven to nine inches of pine. (I have reports on Army tests of the period on this as well as gun catalogues advertising the guns for sale. Also, I frequently shoot single-action pistols as well as others.)"

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