The Captain of the Gray-Horse Troop

The Captain of the Gray-Horse Troop

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Winter in the upper heights of the Bear Tooth Range is a glittering desolation of snow with a flaming blue sky above. Nothing moves, nothing utters a sound, save the cony at the mouth of the spiral shaft, which sinks to his deeply buried den in the rocks. The peaks are like marble domes, set high in the pathway of the sun by day and thrust amid the stars by night. The firs seem hopeless under their ever-increasing burdens. The streams are silenced-only the wind is abroad in the waste, the tireless, pitiless wind, fanged like ingratitude, insatiate as fire. But it is beautiful, nevertheless, especially of a clear dawn, when the shadows are vividly purple and each rime-wreathed summit is smit with ethereal fire, and each eastern slope is resplendent as a high-way of powdered diamonds-or at sunset, when the high crests of the range stand like flaming mile-stones leading to the Celestial City, and the lakes are like pools of pure gold caught in a robe of green velvet. Yet always this land demands youth and strength in its explorer. King Frost's dominion was already complete over all the crests, over timber-line, when young Captain Curtis set out to cross the divide which lay between Lake Congar and Fort Sherman-a trip to test the virtue of a Sibley tent and the staying qualities of a mountain horse. Bennett, the hairy trapper at the head of the lake, advised against it. "The snow is soft-I reckon you better wait a week." But Curtis was a seasoned mountaineer and took pride in assaulting the stern barrier. "Besides, my leave of absence is nearly up," he said to the trapper.show more

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  • Paperback | 110 pages
  • 215.9 x 279.4 x 6.35mm | 340.19g
  • Createspace
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1508564256
  • 9781508564256

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