Maude March on the Run or Trouble is Her Middle Name by Audrey Couloumbis
Having made it all the way to Uncle Arlen's, Mad Maude March, Sallie and Marion (otherwise know as Joe Harden, hero of the dimer's Sallie reads) are laying low at the ranch. Actually they have assumed lives, jobs and friends that keep them going day by day. They stay clear of the local sheriff and his deputies. While Maude is busy servig up hot food, Sallie is on the lookout for anyone looking for Maude. One Sunday, Sallie notices four men at the resturant that are talking about Mad Maude March, all the while Maude is serving them their lunch! Since the notorious criminal "Black Hankie" was in the jail about to be hung there seem to be an unending amount of lawmen arriving in town.
One evening Uncle Arlen lets them know he will be taking a trip out to Colorado Territory, to help out an old friend. While Uncle Arlen gets someone to take care of his livery business, Maude and Sallie beg him to take them along. Uncle Arlen rides out alone to find out what kind of trouble his friend might be in. Uncle Arlen has drawn up a map and first chance she gets Sallie makes a copy of it. They packed Uncle Arlen up and sent him on his way.
Then they received this telegram: TO LATE FOR ME STOP THEY HAVE THSI DAY STAMPED OUT MY CATTLE SHOT MY FATHER BURNED DOWN THE BARN STOLEN MY HORSE AND KILLED MY DOG STOP I AM NIGH TO GIVING UP STOP MACDOUGAL.
Marion jumped to his feet and declared he had to go after Uncle Arlen. He forbid the girls to go anywhere but Maude just looked at him and said "Sallie and I are making to ride. Maude was on her way to collect her pay while Sallie saddled the horses. Sallie was collecting their gear when the shots rang out. Maude was being led across the street toward the jail with her hands behind her back.
What would they do? Would Maude get out of jail or be hung along with Black Hankie? How would they get to Uncle Arlen in time to help. Read the rest of the adventure yourself to see how Mad Maude, Sallie, and Marion meet up with Uncle Arlen.