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Campmates A Story of the Plains   By: (1850-1930)

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CAMPMATES

A Story of the Plains

By KIRK MUNROE

Author of "THE FLAMINGO FEATHER," "WAKULLA," "DORYMATES," "DERRICK STERLING" ETC.

Illustrated

HARPER & BROTHERS PUBLISHERS NEW YORK AND LONDON

[Illustration: "IT WAS A LIVE BABY."]

CONTENTS.

I. A WEARY RIDE

II. A RUDE BAPTISM

III. A BOY WITHOUT A BIRTHDAY

IV. "I JUST HATE TO STUDY"

V. SWIMMING INTO A FRIENDSHIP

VI. RECEIVING AN OFFER AND ACCEPTING IT

VII. ACROSS THE MISSISSIPPI

VIII. GLEN RUNS A LOCOMOTIVE

IX. KANSAS CITY IN EARLY DAYS

X. AT WORK WITH THE ENGINEER CORPS

XI. ALMOST TOO GOOD TO BE TRUE

XII. STARTING ACROSS THE PLAINS

XIII. BINNEY GIBBS AND HIS MULE

XIV. ON GUARD AT NIGHT

XV. THE SUSPICIOUS MOVEMENTS OF CERTAIN COYOTES

XVI. IN THE HANDS OF THE CHEYENNES

XVII. ATTACKING A STAGE RANCH

XVIII. BUFFALO AND THEIR USES

XIX. GLEN'S ESCAPE FROM THE INDIANS

XX. A PRESENT THAT WOULD PLEASE ANY BOY

XXI. LAME WOLF, THE YOUNG CHEYENNE

XXII. GLEN AND BINNEY GET INTO TROUBLE

XXIII. FIGHTING THE FINEST HORSEMEN IN THE WORLD

XXIV. CROSSING THE QUICKSANDS

XXV. SWEPT AWAY BY A FRESHET

XXVI. RUNNING THE LINE

XXVII. "COVERED WITH MUD AND GLORY"

XXVIII. LOST IN A MOUNTAIN SNOW STORM

XXIX. PLUNGING INTO A LAKE OF ICE WATER

XXX. DOWN THE LONELY CAÑON

XXXI. KIT CARSON'S GOLD MINE

XXXII. A NEW MEXICAN WEDDING

XXXIII. IN THE VALLEY OF THE RIO GRANDE

XXXIV. BAITING A WOLF TRAP

XXXV. EL MORO

XXXVI. ZUÑI, THE HOME OF THE AZTECS

XXXVII. A PRACTICAL USE OF TRIGONOMETRY

XXXVIII. DYING OF THIRST IN THE DESERT

XXXIX. CROSSING THE SIERRA NEVADA

XL. A HOME AND TWO FATHERS

ILLUSTRATIONS.

"IT WAS A LIVE BABY"

"TWO STALWART WARRIORS SEIZED HIM BY THE ARMS AND RAISED HIM BETWEEN THEM AS THEY SWEPT PAST"

"THE STRANGE CRAFT WAS BORNE SLOWLY DOWN STREAM"

"'HEAD FOR THAT DARK SPACE, IT MARKS A VALLEY.... IF YOU FIND WATER, FIRE YOUR PISTOL'"

CAMP MATES.

A Story of the Plains.

Chapter I.

A WEARY RIDE.

Slowly and heavily the train rumbled on through the night. It was called an express; but the year was long ago, in the early days of railroading, and what was then an express would now be considered a very slow and poky sort of a train. On this particular night too, it ran more slowly than usual, because of the condition of the track. The season was such a wet one, that even the oldest traveller on the train declared he could not remember another like it. Rain, rain, rain, day after day, for weeks, had been the rule of that spring, until the earth was soaked like a great sponge. All the rivers had overflowed their banks, and all the smaller streams were raging torrents, red, yellow, brown, and sometimes milky white, according to the color of the clays through which they cut their riotous way. The lowlands and meadows were flooded, so that the last year's hay stacks, rising from them here and there, were veritable islands of refuge for innumerable rabbits, rats, mice, and other small animals, driven by the waters from their homes.

And all this water had not helped the railroad one bit. In the cuts the clay or gravel banks were continually sliding down on the track; while on the fills they were as continually sliding out from under it. The section gangs were doubled, and along the whole line they were hard at work, by night as well as by day, only eating and sleeping by snatches, trying to keep the track in repair, and the road open for traffic. In spite of their vigilance and unceasing labor, however, the rains found plenty of chances to work their mischief undetected.

Many a time only the keen watchfulness of an engine driver, or his assistant, the fireman, saved a train from dashing into some gravel heap, beneath which the rails were buried, or from plunging into some yawning opening from which a culvert or small bridge had been washed out... Continue reading book >>




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