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The Forest Runners A Story of the Great War Trail in Early Kentucky   By: (1862-1919)

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The FOREST RUNNERS

[Illustration: "A massive black form shot down into the center of the room." [Page 277.]]

The FOREST RUNNERS

A STORY OF THE GREAT WAR TRAIL IN EARLY KENTUCKY

BY JOSEPH A. ALTSHELER AUTHOR OF "THE YOUNG TRAILERS"

D. APPLETON CENTURY COMPANY INCORPORATED

NEW YORK LONDON 1936

1908, BY D. APPLETON AND COMPANY

1935, BY EQUITABLE TRUST CO Printed in the United States of America

BOOKS BY JOSEPH A. ALTSHELER

THE FRENCH AND INDIAN WAR SERIES

The Hunters of the Hills The Rulers of the Lakes The Lords of the Wild The Shadow of the North The Masters of the Peaks The Sun of Quebec

THE YOUNG TRAILERS SERIES

The Young Trailers The Forest Runners The Keepers of the Trail The Eyes of the Woods The Free Rangers The Riflemen of the Ohio The Scouts of the Valley The Border Watch

THE TEXAN SERIES

The Texan Star The Texan Scouts The Texan Triumph

THE CIVIL WAR SERIES

The Guns of Bull Run The Guns of Shiloh The Scouts of Stonewall The Sword of Antietam The Star of Gettysburg The Rock of Chickamauga The Shades of the Wilderness The Tree of Appomattox

THE GREAT WEST SERIES

The Lost Hunters The Great Sioux Trail

THE WORLD WAR SERIES

The Guns of Europe The Forest of Swords The Hosts of the Air

BOOKS NOT IN SERIES

Apache Gold The Quest of the Four The Last of the Chiefs In Circling Camps The Last Rebel A Soldier of Manhattan The Sun of Saratoga A Herald of the West The Wilderness Road My Captive The Candidate

D. APPLETON AND COMPANY New York London

This story, while independent in itself, continues the fortunes of the two boys who were the central characters of "The Young Trailers."

CONTENTS

I. PAUL 1

II. IN THE RIVER 17

III. THE LONE CABIN 36

IV. THE SIEGE 59

V. THE FLIGHT 72

VI. THE BATTLE ON THE HILL 91

VII. WHAT HAPPENED IN THE DARK 108

VIII. AT THE RIVER BANK 125

IX. A CHANGE OF PLACES 142

X. THE ISLAND IN THE LAKE 157

XI. A SUDDEN MEETING 176

XII. THE BELT BEARERS 192

XIII. BRAXTON WYATT'S ORDEAL 217

XIV. IN WINTER QUARTERS 239

XV. WORK AND PLAY 254

XVI. NOEL 273

XVII. FOOTPRINTS IN THE SNOW 283

XVIII. WHAT THE WARRIOR SAW 295

XIX. THE WARNING 310

XX. THE TERRIBLE FORD 328

XXI. THE FLIGHT OF LONG JIM 340

XXII. THE LAST STAND 355

THE FOREST RUNNERS

CHAPTER I

PAUL

Paul stopped in a little open space, and looked around all the circle of the forest. Everywhere it was the same just the curving wall of red and brown, and beyond, the blue sky, flecked with tiny clouds of white. The wilderness was full of beauty, charged with the glory of peace and silence, and there was naught to indicate that man had ever come. The leaves rippled a little in the gentle west wind, and the crisping grass bowed before it; but Paul saw no living being, save himself, in the vast, empty world.

The boy was troubled and, despite his life in the woods, he had full right to be. This was the great haunted forest of Kain tuck ee , where the red man made his most desperate stand, and none ever knew when or whence danger would come. Moreover, he was lost, and the forest told him nothing; he was not like his friend, Henry Ware, born to the forest, the heir to all the primeval instincts, alive to every sight and sound, and able to read the slightest warning the wilderness might give. Paul Cotter was a student, a lover of books, and a coming statesman. Fate, it seemed, had chosen that he and Henry Ware should go hand in hand, but for different tasks.

Paul gazed once more around the circle of the glowing forest, and the shadow in his eyes deepened... Continue reading book >>




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