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Camp and Trail A Story of the Maine Woods   By: (1859-1952)

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[Illustration: THE MOOSE WAS NOW SNORTING LIKE A WAR HORSE BENEATH.

( See page 274 )]

CAMP AND TRAIL

A Story of the Maine Woods

BY

ISABEL HORNIBROOK

AUTHOR OF "TUKE," "IN THE SERVICE," "LOST IN MAINE WOODS," ETC.

BOSTON

LOTHROP PUBLISHING COMPANY

1897

TYPOGRAPHY BY C.J. PETERS & SON, BOSTON.

PRESSWORK BY BERWICK & SMITH.

TO

J.L.H.

PREFACE.

In adding another to the list of stories bearing on that subject of perennial interest to boys, adventures in camp and on trail among the woods and lakes of Northern Maine, one thought has been the inspiration that led me on.

It is this: To prove to high mettled lads, American, and English as well, that forest quarters, to be the most jovial quarters on earth, need not be made a shambles. Sensation may reach its finest pitch, excitement be an unfailing fillip, and fun the leaven which leavens the camping trip from start to finish, even though the triumph of killing for triumph's sake be left out of the play bill.

"There is a higher sport in preservation than in destruction," says a veteran hunter, whose forest experiences and descriptions have in part enriched this story. I commend the opinion to boy readers, trusting that they may become "queer specimen sportsmen," after the pattern of Cyrus Garst; and find a more entrancing excitement in studying the live wild things of the forest than in gloating over a dying tremor, or examining a senseless mass of horn, hide, and hoofs, after the life spring which worked the mechanism has been stilled forever.

One other desire has trodden on the heels of the first: That Young England and Young America may be inspired with a wish to understand each other better, to take each other frankly and simply for the manhood in each; and that thus misconception and prejudice may disappear like mists of an old day dream.

ISABEL HORNIBROOK.

CONTENTS.

CHAPTER

I. JACKING FOR DEER

II. A SPILL OUT

III. LIFE IN A BARK HUT

IV. WHITHER BOUND?

V. A COON HUNT

VI. AFTER BLACK DUCKS

VII. A FOREST GUIDE POST

VIII. ANOTHER CAMP

IX. A SUNDAY AMONG THE PINES

X. FORWARD ALL!

XI. BEAVER WORKS

XII. "GO IT, OLD BRUIN!"

XIII. "THE SKIN IS YOURS"

XIV. A LUCKY HUNTER

XV. A FALLEN KING

XVI. MOOSE CALLING

XVII. HERB'S YARNS

XVIII. To LONELIER WILDS

XIX. TREED BY A MOOSE

XX. DOL'S TRIUMPH

XXI. ON KATAHDIN

XXII. THE OLD HOME CAMP

XXIII. BROTHERS' WORK

XXIV. "KEFPING THINGS EVEN"

XXV. A LITTLE CARIBOU QUARREL

XXVI. DOC AGAIN

XXVII. CHRISTMAS ON THE OTHER SIDE

LIST OF ILLUSTRATIONS.

THE MOOSE WAS NOW SNORTING LIKE A WAR HORSE BENEATH.

"THERE IS MOOSEHEAD LAKE."

DOL SIGHTS A FRIENDLY CAMP.

IN THE SHADOW OF KATAHDIN.

"GO IT, OLD BRUIN! GO IT WHILE YOU CAN!"

"HERB HEAL."

A FALLEN KING.

THE CAMP ON MILLINOKETT LAKE.

"HERB CHARGED THROUGH THE CHOKING DUST CLOUDS."

GREENVILLE, "FAREWELL TO THE WOODS."

CAMP AND TRAIL.

CHAPTER I.

JACKING FOR DEER.

"Now, Neal Farrar, you've got to be as still as the night itself, remember. If you bounce, or turn, or draw a long breath, you won't have a rag of reputation as a deer hunter to take back to England. Sneeze once, and we're done for. That means more diet of flapjacks and pork, instead of venison steaks. And I guess your city appetite won't rally to pork much longer, even in the wilds."

Neal Farrar sighed as if there was something in that.

"But, you know, it's just when an unlucky fellow would give his life not to sneeze that he's sure to bring out a thumping big one," he said plaintively.

"Well, keep it back like a hero if your head bursts in the attempt," was the reply with a muffled laugh. "When you know that the canoe is gliding along somehow, but you can't hear a sound or feel a motion, and you begin to wonder whether you're in the air or on water, flying or floating, imagine that you're the ghost of some old Indian hunter who used to jack for deer on Squaw Pond, and be stonily silent... Continue reading book >>




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