The Luck of Roaring Camp

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Stumpy is the good-hearted surrogate father of "The Luck of Roaring Camp ." Stumpy is hiding out in Roaring Camp and because he is a bigamist, it is decided that he has more experience dealing with women. So he assists in the childbirth of the baby that is born to...

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Stumpy is the good-hearted surrogate father of "The Luck of Roaring Camp." Stumpy is hiding out in Roaring Camp and because he is a bigamist, it is decided that he has more experience dealing with women. So he assists in the childbirth of the baby that is born to Cherokee Sal. Stumpy takes up a collection from the men following Sal's death, and the child soon becomes the adopted son of everyone in the camp. It is Stumpy who spends the most time with the boy, who is eventually christened Thomas Luck. Stumpy even cleans up his cabin to make it fit for The Luck, but Stumpy eventually drowns when his cabin is washed away by a flood, which also claims The Luck of Roaring Camp.

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