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Barnes, Peaceful. Peaceful Barnes was created by “L. Paul,” the pseudonym of Ludwig Paul Kuhring (Tim Brady), and appeared in two stories in Short Stories in 1930, beginning with “Peaceful” (Short Stories, Feb. 25, 1930).
Peaceful Barnes is a big, grunting, glowering man who cuts timber for money. He works for Old Man Pine, “who owned more sawmills and bossed more men than anyone within a thousand miles.” Barnes has his own crew and regulates them with his fists, dropping them in water holes if need be. Barnes is surly and enjoys a fight. Just before a fight he has a bland smile and his blue eyes glow with a disarming good humor. He will customarily take on four or five men at once, and win.
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