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Dick in the Desert   By: (1848-1912)

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[Illustration: DICK IN THE DESERT

James Otis]

SUNSHINE LIBRARY.

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LADDIE. By the Author of "Miss Toosey's Mission" .50

LITTLE PETER. By Lucas Malet .50

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MISS TOOSEY'S MISSION. By the Author of "Laddie" .50

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A SHORT CRUISE. By James Otis .50

THE WRECK OF THE CIRCUS. By James Otis .50

THOMAS Y. CROWELL & COMPANY, NEW YORK AND BOSTON.

DICK IN THE DESERT

BY JAMES OTIS AUTHOR OF "HOW TOMMY SAVED THE BARN," ETC.

NEW YORK: 46 EAST 14TH STREET THOMAS Y. CROWELL & COMPANY BOSTON: 100 PURCHASE STREET

COPYRIGHT, 1893, BY THOMAS Y. CROWELL & COMPANY.

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

PRESSWORK BY S. J. PARKHILL & CO.

[Illustration: "THANKS TO THE TIMELY ATTENTION, DICK SOON OPENED HIS EYES." Page 48.]

For the lad to whom I have given the name of Dick Stevens this little story has been written, with the hope that he may enjoy the reading of it even as I did his modest manner of telling it.

JAMES OTIS.

CONTENTS.

CHAPTER PAGE

I. DICK'S DADDY 1

II. A LONELY VIGIL 17

III. A SAND STORM 34

IV. AT ANTELOPE SPRING 52

V. DICK "PULLS THROUGH" 69

DICK IN THE DESERT.

CHAPTER I.

DICK'S DADDY.

Between Fox Peak and Smoke Creek Desert, on the western edge of the State of Nevada, is a beautiful valley, carpeted with bunch grass, which looks particularly bright and green to the venturesome traveller who has just crossed either of the two deserts lying toward the east.

"Buffalo Meadows" the Indians named it, because of the vast herds of American bison found there before the white men hunted simply for the sport of killing; but those who halt at the last watercourse prior to crossing the wide stretches of sand on the journey east, speak of it as "Comfort Hollow."

To a travel stained party who halted at the water pool nearest the desert on a certain afternoon in September two years ago, this last name seemed particularly appropriate.

They had come neither for gold nor the sport of hunting; but were wearily retracing their steps, after having wandered and suffered among the foot hills of the Sierras in a fruitless search for a home, on which they had been lured by unscrupulous speculators.

Nearly two years previous Richard Stevens "Roving Dick" his acquaintances called him had first crossed the vast plain of sand, with his wife, son, and daughter.

His entire worldly possessions consisted of a small assortment of household goods packed in a stout, long bodied wagon, covered with canvas stretched over five poles bent in a half circle, and drawn by two decrepit horses.

The journey had been a failure, so far as finding a home in the wilds was concerned, where the head of the family could live without much labor; and now the homeless ones, decidedly the worse for wear, were returning to Willow Point, on the Little Humboldt River.

The provisions had long since been exhausted; the wagon rudely repaired in many places; the cooking utensils were reduced to one pot and a battered dipper; the canvas covering was torn and decaying, and the horses presented a skeleton like appearance... Continue reading book >>




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