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The Winning of Barbara Worth
Harold Bell Wright (1872–1944)
 
Winning of Barbara Worth, The, by Harold Bell Wright (1911). The scene of this story is laid in Rubio City, a town of comparatively recent birth, on the banks of the Colorado River. The opening chapters describe the perilous journey across the desert of a party of travelers who encounter a terrible sand-storm and narrowly escape death. The principal member of the party is Jefferson Worth, bank president and leading citizen of Rubio City, and he is accompanied by a clever young engineer called the “Seer,” who figures quite prominently throughout the story. After the furious sand-storm has abated, traces are seen of lost travelers and soon the dead body of a woman is discovered and nearby is found a lovely little girl of less than four years. No clues to the child’s identity are to be found and she is cared for by the rescuing party and is later adopted by Worth who has no children of his own. Barbara Worth becomes a beautiful and accomplished woman with a strong and generous nature and is beloved by rich and poor alike. Her influence over her stern and cold father, who idolizes her, is most remarkable and at her bidding he becomes considerate and kind. The arrival upon the scene of Willard Holmes, a young engineer from New York, produces a distinct impression upon Barbara, who up to this time had been fancy free. Holmes is college bred, of good lineage and character. He has come to Rubio City to represent a New York company’s interest in the irrigation of a part of the desert called “King’s Basin,” which is the very place where Barbara was found and in which she feels a vital interest. In course of time Holmes and Barbara fall in love with each other, but the match is strongly opposed by the former’s guardian, James Greenfield, a rich and aristocratic bachelor, who loves Willard as his own son and objects to his marriage with a girl of unknown origin. However, during the work upon “King’s Basin,” a casket is found containing the proofs of Barbara’s identity and she is found to be the child of Greenfield’s own brother, who was lost on the desert many years before while traveling with his young wife and child. Before these proofs are found, however, Holmes has declared himself true to Barbara though his marriage to her means the loss of his inheritance.  1
 
 
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