MINING: The Cisco Kid

Lean, stubborn Charles A. (for Austin) Steen was so full of troubles that it was only natural to think of him as Bad-Luck Charlie. A onetime oil geologist for Socony-Vacuum, he spent two years in the South American jungle where no white men had ever been before, then went to work for a Texas oil company. When he was fired for telling off his boss, he found that no other oil company would have him. He scraped along in the contracting business for a while, but never forgot a romantic dream of his days at the Texas College of Mines:...

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