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ouched his arm before he could walk away. "Back when you and Johnny were young, I'd hoped he would go to college with you and Dale Jennings." "I guess it wasn't what he wanted." "What he needed was to be with friends who were steady and reliable and not so easily swayed by his shenanigans." Kerney smiled. "That's kind of you to say, but I don't think anyone could have held Johnny back when he was feeling his oats." "You're probably right," Bessie said, patting Kerney's hand. "Go tell Joe Jordan if he doesn't get over here soon, I'm going to Las Cruces without him." "Yes, ma'am." He stepped off toward Joe, who was busy watching the hands stretch out a two hundred- foot roll of wire. "Is the boss getting restless?" Joe asked, as he shook Kerney's hand and nodde

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e looked a little surprised by Kerney's question. "She told you that? Well, I guess it's no secret. She pretty much has taken over already, but I like to Wd myself that I'm still the ramrod of the outfit. Walt will stay on. Otherwise Julia would have to give up her place in T

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