So, Ridgwell Cullum was a Londoner who primarily wrote westerns. That’s fine. You don’t have to be a westerner, of course, to write a western. You do probably want to make some effort, though, to ensure that your characters behave and speak with reasonable authenticity. Like, perhaps you should do a bit of research before you make your silver prospectors in a Wild West boom town settle down for afternoon tea and be mad for cricket. Maybe go a little further and get the diction right so your characters don’t sound like Cockneys putting on an accent. And to be fair to Cullum, he did do that in his later books, but this is the most British western ever written.
The plot meanders along for almost 450 pages, but can be summarized briefly: Dick Roydon stands to inherit $10,000,000 (or “ten millions”) from his recently deceased guardian on the condition that he finds his long-lost daughter and turns over his silver mine to her. In Dyke Hole, he falls in love with Jocelyn Leyland. Her father, Boyle, has been blackmailing Marc Osler, who usurped the silver mine in Spawn City when Roydon’s guardian left — threatening to reveal documents that prove the mine isn’t his but, in fact, belongs to Jocelyn, who is the missing daughter. The first part proves to be true but the second was a lie. The daughter is actually “Six-Shooter” Kit, a notorious bandit who’s been robbing the silver shipments out of Spawn City for years — knowing, of course, that the silver is rightfully hers.
Inscriptions: There’s a plate pasted on the inside from cover that reads “This Book is from the library of Milliard H. Patten”.