Wild Scenes in the Forest and Prairie
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. 1839 edition. Excerpt: ...without covering his person; and the keen-eyed, clean-limbed hunter now revealed to view, bore no more resemblance to the sullen and shabby vagrant of yesterday, than does a thorough-bred and mettlesome racer, spurning the green turf with glowing hoof, to the rickety and brokendown hackney that steals through the dirty suburbs of a city. The ludicrous cries, however, that broke from him at every moment, afforded a most whimsical contrast to his picturesque appearance. " Yarh! whiteman!"--" San Marie! no fire!"--" Howh! diable Poagun!"--" Dame de Lorette! Corlaer,1' be ready--Sacre--Weenuc!" and a dozen other epithets and exclamations, Catholic and heathen, Indian, English, and Canadian, burst in a torrent from his lips. Suddenly, however, discovering he had gained sufliciently upon the buck, he stopped paddling, and, in good calm English, gave' his directions to his companion as coolly as if now certain of the prize. The other then covered the deer's head with his rifle as he swam directly from him, but still he waited for the proper moment. It came just as the buck touched the ground with his fore feet; a projecting rock received him, and he reared his antlers high above the water, while his hinder parts were yet submerged in # Poagun, or Tmewawgun, "Pipe," was a name he gave my friend, " The Barrister.."-New-Yorker. making good his landing. "Fire!" cried the hunter, and at that instant the ball struck him in the spine, a few inches behind the ears. The animal bent forward beneath the blow, and then endeavouring to raise his head, he toppled over backwards, and slipped off the rock into the lake, an unresisting carcass. My skiff shot alongside...
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- 13 Sep 2013
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