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The Frontier Boys in the Grand Canyon A Search for Treasure   By: (1870-)

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THE FRONTIER BOYS IN THE GRAND CANYON

Or, A Search For Treasure

by

CAPT. WYN ROOSEVELT

The Arthur Westbrook Company Cleveland, Ohio, U. S. A.

Copyright, 1908 By Chatterton, Peck & Company

Printed in United States of America

CONTENTS

I. A RACE

II. AFTER ANTELOPE

III. THE SURPRISE

IV. THE CHASE

V. ON GUARD

VI. WITHIN THE FORT

VII. THE CAPTAIN'S RECORD

VIII. THE CAPTAIN'S SCHEME

IX. A MOUNTAIN FIRE

X. THE SEARCH

XI. THE CAPTAIN DEPARTS

XII. THE MESA VILLAGE

XIII. TWO HONORS

XIV. A NIGHT ON THE MESA

XV. THE STRANGE COUNTRY

XVI. THE RIVER

XVII. BEGINNING THE BOAT

XVIII. THE BUILDING OF THE BOAT

XIX. WE START

XX. OUR FIRST DAY

XXI. A RIVER AMBUSH

XXII. THE ATTACK

XXIII. A CLOSE CALL

XXIV. THE COLORADO RIVER

XXV. A VISITOR

XXVI. JUAREZ BRINGS US NEWS

XXVII. THE CLIFF VILLAGE

XXVIII. THE FACE IN THE ROCK

XXIX. A TERRIBLE EXPERIENCE

XXX. THE GREAT GORGE THE END

FRONTIER BOYS IN THE GRAND CANYON

CHAPTER I

A RACE

"Your cayuse is quiet as a lamb now, isn't he, Jo," inquired Jim.

"He ought to be by this time," I replied. "You wouldn't expect him to buck all the way through New Mexico, I hope."

"It's funny how he began to act up," remarked Tom, "just as soon as we got out of Colorado."

"Maybe he doesn't like getting away from the country of his own tribe," I said; "He's a regular little Injun I can tell you that."

"I can't blame him for his dislike for the Apache range," interposed Captain Graves, "for a more undesirable lot of devils are not to be found in the Southwest."

"You ought to know, captain," remarked Jim, "for you have fought all of them."

"That's true," he replied, "but my fighting days are about over. I shall have to leave you boys in a few days and get back to my log cabin on the plateau in the Big Canyon."

"We all wish you did not have to," said Jim, "I do not know how we will get along without you."

"You boys can take care of yourselves," he replied. "I saw that in our expedition against the Indian encampment when you rescued Juarez's sister. Then if I go much further I will get the old fever in my blood and nothing will stop me."

"Well, we'll hang on to you then," laughed Jim.

Perhaps the reader is a stranger to Jim, Tom, myself and the captain, but not if you have read our adventures as recorded in The Frontier Boys on Overland Trail, in Colorado, and in the Rockies.

I relate therein how we located Captain Graves in his log cabin on a plateau in "The Big Canyon," and there we spent the winter.

That is to say, Jim and I did, while Tom went back to visit our folks in York State. Our father, Major George Darlington, lived in the town of Maysville. He had been in the war, and in the early days he had also lived on the frontier. I think he took a pride in our achievements. But our poor mother did not. Mothers are not much in favor of the adventurous life as a rule.

"Here's a good place for a race," cried Jim, "before we get into the foot hills."

"We had better be saving our ponies," growled Tom, "rather than racing them to death. We are a long way from 'The Grand Canyon of the Colorado' yet."

"That's all right, Tommy," replied Jim, "the ponies can rest long enough when we get to the Colorado River. The trouble with you is that you are afraid of being beaten. That's what's worrying you."

"I'll show you," replied Tom, belligerently.

"I will start you," suggested the captain, "where is the finish?"

"The Colorado River," I laughed.

"It's that big pine standing out there alone," said Jim.

"It looks to be a quarter of a mile," said Tom, "but we will probably reach it by evening; this clear air is very deceiving."

We now proceeded to get in line. Our bronchos were as restive as fleas. They were the ponies we had captured from the Indians. Mine was a buck skin. Tough as rawhide and tireless as a jack rabbit... Continue reading book >>




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