Excerpt from Bonanza: A Story of the Outside
The time was an evening in the spring when the atmosphere was all red and gold; the place the ﬂowering grass mounds between the white poplar and birch beside little Yellow Sands River. I had walked out to haul up my sturgeon lines, and had reached the thicket of pines on the sand side of our snake fence, where I could begin to hear the splash of the waters, when my well-trained ears caught a new and different sound proceeding from the bush bound trail. Curiosity led me to intrude, and I soon came upon a group of Indian maidens at play, pelting each other with soft green cones, and using their shawls as shields to protect their faces.
Directly they saw me a mischievous cry went up, and they united forces, their black eyes dancing with fun as they ﬂung their dainty missiles in my direction with a pitiless accuracy. Presently I dashed forward and captured one of the girls, the most audacious.
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