St. Nicholas Volume 14, PT. 2

St. Nicholas Volume 14, PT. 2

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1887 edition. Excerpt: ...shore. The boy went stumbling back, down the dusty path, to his unfinished work in the shop, --the engines for a toy elevated road he was making. But the painfully fashioned fragments of his plan had no meaning for eyes that still saw only the hills against the morning sky, and the three happy ones riding away. This first trip led to a second and longer one, to the fishing-grounds up the river, by the trail on the opposite shore. Jack heard his father and Mr. Dane talking one morning at the breakfasttable about riding down to Turner's and getting a pack-animal and some more riding animals--and Mamma was going again! What good times the grown-ups did have! And John Wilson, Jack's particular crony from the men's camp, was going, to cook and take care of the animals. This word, "animal," is used in the West to describe anything that is ridden or "packed"--horse, mule, Indian pony, or "burro." It is never applied to cattle or unbroken horses on the range; these are "stock." The party were to take a tent and stay perhaps a week, if no word came from the home camp to call them back. Jack slipped away from the table and went out and hung upon the railing of a footbridge that crossed the brook. Beside learning how to ride and to speak the truth, Jack was learning to whistle. He was practicing this last more persistently perhaps than either of the more important branches of knowledge, --let us hope because there was more need of practice; for he was as yet very far from being a perfect whistler. It was but a melancholy, tuneless little note in which he gave vent to his feelings, as he watched the trickling water. one was afterward seen, from time to time, in the sage-brush, a hairless specter. The coyote...show more

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  • Paperback | 258 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 14mm | 467g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236965108
  • 9781236965103