The author of River Rising tells an exciting tale of a very young lawyer going out from Charleston, West Virginia, on one of our early trains with its swinging brass lantern, to try to bring justice into the hills. There is trouble a-plenty, for crooked men have lawlessly grabbed or meanly bought up coal and timber rights from the poor natives. There is shooting and fast riding and only one strong ally for the young barrister. The doctor, York Allen, is an admirable character who fights wickedness and against superstition and gangster methods. As the sheriff is crooked too, it is a tough situation and a disgrace to the peace of our country.