The Wild Huntress, Or, Love in the Wilderness

The Wild Huntress, Or, Love in the Wilderness

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1861 edition. Excerpt: ...at times traversed through the water. There ttat a trail, as we soon perceived; and, what was more significant, one that had recently been travelled 1 Horses had been over it; and in several places the rocky pebbles, that should otherwise havc been dry, were wet by the water that had dripped from their fetlocks. A large troop of horses must have passed jnst before us 1' Had the dragoon escort gone that way? More likely a party of mounted travellers belonging to the train? And yet this did not strike us as being likely. We were soon convinced that such was not the case. On riding forward, we came upon a mud deposit, at the mouth of one of the transverse ravines, over which led the trail. The mud exhibited the tracks distinctly and in a more significant light--they were hoof-tracks.' We saw that more than a hundred horses had passed up the defile; and not one shod animal among them. This fact was very significant. They could not have been troop-horses? nor yet those of white men? If ridden, they must have been ridden by Indians? It did not follow that they were ridden. We were travelling through the region of the mustang. Droves had been seen upon our route, at great distances off--for these are the shiest and wildest of wild animals. A caballada, may have passed through the gorge, on their way to the upper valley. There was nothing improbable in that. Although the plains are the favourite habitat of the horse, the mustang of Spanish America is half a mountain animal, and often penetrates the most difficult passes--climbing the declivities with hoof as sure as that of the chamois. Had these horses been ridden? That was the point to be determined, and how? The sign was not very intelligible, but sufficiently so for our purpose. The little belt of...show more

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  • Paperback | 144 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 8mm | 268g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236546466
  • 9781236546463