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Burned Bridges   By: (1881-1972)

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BURNED BRIDGES

by

BERTRAND W. SINCLAIR

Author of North of Fifty Three, etc.

Frontispiece by Ralph P. Coleman

Grosset & Dunlap Publishers New York Published, August, 1919 Reprinted, September, 1919 Reprinted, October, 1919 Reprinted, November, 1919 Reprinted, February, 1920

[Illustration: He felt with an odd exaltation the quick hammer of her heart against his breast. Frontispiece. See page 95. ]

CONTENTS

CHAPTER PAGE

I The First Problem 1

II The Man and His Mission 14

III The Deserted Cabin 24

IV In Which Mr. Thompson Begins to Wonder Painfully 37

V Further Acquaintance 46

VI Certain Perplexities 60

VII A Slip of the Axe 80

VIII And the Fruits Thereof 86

IX Universal Attributes 93

X The Way of a Maid with a Man 102

XI A Man's Job for a Minister 111

XII A Fortune and a Flitting 123

XIII Partners 139

XIV The Restless Foot 150

XV The World Is Small 158

XVI A Meeting by the Way 168

XVII The Reproof Courteous (?) 183

XVIII Mr. Henderson's Proposition 191

XIX A Widening Horizon 203

XX The Shadow 210

XXI The Renewed Triangle 218

XXII Sundry Reflections 227

XXIII The Fuse 235

XXIV And the Match That Lit the Fuse 244

XXV And the Bomb the Fuse Fired 252

XXVI The Last Bridge 267

XXVII Thompson's Return 273

XXVIII Fair Winds 282

XXIX Two Men and a Woman 291

XXX A Mark to Shoot at 298

CHAPTER I

THE FIRST PROBLEM

Lone Moose snaked its way through levels of woodland and open stretches of meadow, looping sinuously as a sluggish python a python that rested its mouth upon the shore of Lake Athabasca while its tail was lost in a great area of spruce forest and poplar groves, of reedy sloughs and hushed lakes far northward.

The waterways of the North are its highways. There are no others. No wheeled vehicles traverse that silent region which lies just over the fringe of the prairies and the great Canadian wheat belt. The canoe is lord of those watery roads; when a man would diverge therefrom he must carry his goods upon his back. There are paths, to be sure, very faint in places, padded down by the feet of generations of Athabascan tribesmen long before the Ancient and Honorable Company of Adventurers laid the foundation of the first post at Hudson's Bay, long before the Half Moon's prow first cleft those desolate waters. They have been trodden, these dim trails, by Scotch and French and English since that historic event, and by a numerous progeny in whose veins the blood of all three races mingles with that of the native tribes. But these paths lead only from stream to stream and from lake to lake. No man familiar with the North seeks along those faint trails for camp or fur posts or villages... Continue reading book >>




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