St. Nicholas Volume 25, PT. 1

St. Nicholas Volume 25, PT. 1

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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. 1898 edition. Excerpt: ...my Aurelie and de leetle wans. And my modder and my fodder and my brodder--way in dem las' camps, M'sieu!" "I don't see how you '11 get there," said Jack. "Everything up La Fourche must be torn up, too, and people too busy to come down to the coast. Soon as they know up at the plantations on the river how bad it is down here, there will be relief boats from New Orleans." "All dem fishermans and hunters and leetle wans and women--dey can't wait, M'sieu. Can't we-all go down in your boat?" Bert shook his head. "The Lou Baby 's done for. Batteries are dead, pipes choked with mud--and besides, it would take a tug to pull her out of this hole." He looked out from the broken oaks to the reedy pools of the prairie. "I think we 're in a tough fix ourselves, but we 've got fresh water and grub. We '11 all have to wait for a relief boat." It was true. The impassible swamp prairie stretched for miles in every direction. Down the bayou, a swift and muddy tide was pouring, the sand-filled gulf water which had been piled eight feet deep over the coast was running back seaward. The boys could not go twenty feet from the chlnilre without sinking to their waists. The trapper was utterly exhausted from his struggle in the salt marshes. But he kept up a constant appeal for his lost coast people. Jack made coffee for him and opened canned meats, and these, with salt-water-soaked bread--for the hurricane had flung the spray into everything--made up their dinner. They dug out the inside of an oak stump for a few slivers of dry wood. After he had eaten, Hippolyte lay on the tilted deck of the stranded launch and stared off southward across the glittering prairie swamp. Not a line of smoke, hardly a tree was...show more

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  • Paperback | 374 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 20mm | 667g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236879686
  • 9781236879684