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The Eagle's Heart   By: (1860-1940)

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[Illustration: HE DREW REIN AND LOOKED AT THE GREAT RANGE TO THE SOUTHEAST.]

THE EAGLE'S HEART

HAMLIN GARLAND SUNSET EDITION

HARPER & BROTHERS NEW YORK AND LONDON

COPYRIGHT, 1900, BY HAMLIN GARLAND

CONTENTS

PART I

I. HIS YOUTH 1 II. HIS LOVE AFFAIRS 11 III. THE YOUNG EAGLE STRIKES 23 IV. THE TRIAL 35 V. THE EAGLE'S EYES GROW DIM 51 VI. THE CAGE OPENS 72 VII. ON THE WING 83 VIII. THE UPWARD TRAIL 96 IX. WAR ON THE CANNON BALL 123 X. THE YOUNG EAGLE MOUNTS 143 XI. ON THE ROUND UP 157

PART II

XII. THE YOUNG EAGLE FLUTTERS THE DOVE COTE 175 XIII. THE YOUNG EAGLE DREAMS OF A MATE 199 XIV. THE YOUNG EAGLE RETURNS TO HIS EYRIE 220

PART III

XV. THE EAGLE COMPLETES HIS CIRCLE 233 XVI. AGAIN ON THE ROUND UP 250 XVII. MOSE RETURNS TO WAGON WHEEL 265 XVIII. THE EAGLE GUARDS THE SHEEP 283 XIX. THE EAGLE ADVENTURES INTO STRANGE LANDS 316 XX. A DARK DAY WITH A GLOWING SUNSET 339 XXI. CONCLUSION 363

THE EAGLE'S HEART

PART I

CHAPTER I

HIS YOUTH

Harold was about ten years of age when his father, the Rev. Mr. Excell, took the pastorate of the First Church in Rock River. Many of the people in his first congregation remarked upon "the handsome lad." The clear brown of his face, his big yellow brown eyes, his slender hands, and the grace of his movements gave him distinction quite aside from that arising from his connection with the minister.

Rev. John Excell was a personable man himself. He was tall and broad shouldered, with abundant brown hair and beard, and a winning smile. His eyes were dark and introspective, but they could glow like sunlit topaz, or grow dim with tears, as his congregation had opportunity to observe during this first sermon but they were essentially sad eyes.

Mrs. Excell, a colorless little woman who retained only the dim outline of her girlhood's beauty, sat gracelessly in her pew, but her stepdaughter, Maud, by her side, was carrying to early maturity a dainty grace united with something strong and fine drawn from her father. She had his proud lift of the head.

"What a fine family!" whispered the women from pew to pew under cover of the creaking fans.

In the midst of the first sermon, a boy seated in front of Harold gave a shrill whoop of agony and glared back at the minister's son with distorted face, and only the prompt action on the part of both mothers prevented a clamorous encounter over the pew. Harold had stuck the head of a pin in the toe of his boot and jabbed his neighbor in the calf of the leg. It was an old trick, but it served well.

The minister did not interrupt his reading, but a deep flush of hot blood arose to his face, and the lids of his eyes dropped to shut out the searching gaze of his parishioners, as well as to close in a red glare of anger. From that moment Harold was known as "that preacher's boy," the intention being to convey by significant inflections and a meaning smile that he filled the usual description of a minister's graceless son.

Harold soon became renowned in his own world. He had no hard fought battles, though he had scores of quarrels, for he scared his opponents by the suddenness and the intensity of his rage, which was fairly demoniacal in fury.

"You touch me and I'll kill you ," he said in a low voice to the fat boy whose leg he had jabbed, and his bloodless face and blazing eyes caused the boy to leap frenziedly away... Continue reading book >>




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