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Giraud, Henri. Henri Giraud was created by George Pattullo and appeared in five stories in Saturday Evening Post from 1915 to 1919, beginning with “In Pursuit of Hicks” (Saturday Evening Post, Nov. 6, 1915).
Henri Giraud is a proud, gallant, insouciant French wanderer and rogue, a circus side-show operator and knife-thrower who is fired from his circus and forced to wander across the western countryside until he is befriended by large mongrel, Rowdy (who proves to be intelligent, faithful, and brave) and then hired on by the owner of the Pitchfork ranch. Hicks takes a while to adjust, but eventually earns his place, putting his wit, gallantry, and circus-learned skills to good use in the service of the ranch and his own fortune.
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