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The Great Sioux Trail A Story of Mountain and Plain   By: (1862-1919)

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THE GREAT SIOUX TRAIL

A STORY OF MOUNTAIN AND PLAIN

BY

JOSEPH A. ALTSHELER

AUTHOR OF "THE RULERS OF THE LAKES," "THE SHADOW OF THE NORTH," ETC.

[Illustration]

ILLUSTRATED BY CHARLES L. WRENN

D. APPLETON AND COMPANY NEW YORK LONDON 1918

Copyright, 1918, by D. APPLETON AND COMPANY

Printed in the United States of America

THE GREAT SIOUX TRAIL

By JOSEPH A. ALTSHELER

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 Chickamaugua The Shades of the Wilderness The Tree of Appomattox

THE WORLD WAR SERIES

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

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 FRENCH AND INDIAN WAR SERIES

The Hunters of the Hills The Shadow of the North The Rulers of the Lakes

BOOKS NOT IN SERIES

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

D. APPLETON AND COMPANY, NEW YORK

[Illustration: A stroke of a great paw and the rifle was dashed from the hands of the old chief. [PAGE 288.]]

FOREWORD

"The Great Sioux Trail" is the first of a group of romances concerned with the opening of the Great West just after the Civil War, and having a solid historical basis. They will be connected by the presence of leading characters in all the volumes, but every one will be in itself a complete story.

CONTENTS

CHAPTER PAGE

I THE SIOUX WARNING 1

II THE NARROW ESCAPE 25

III THE LITTLE GIANT 53

IV THE FLIGHT 84

V THE WHITE DOME 111

VI THE OUTLAW 134

VII THE BEAVER HUNTER 157

VIII THE MOUNTAIN RAM 177

IX THE BUFFALO MARCH 199

X THE WAR CLUB'S FALL 229

XI THE YOUNG SLAVE 246

XII THE CAPTIVE'S RISE 266

XIII THE REWARD OF MERIT 290

XIV THE DREADFUL NIGHT 315

LIST OF ILLUSTRATIONS

A stroke of a great paw and the rifle was dashed from the hands of the old chief Frontispiece

FACING PAGE

The rifle sprang to his shoulder, a jet of flame leaped from the muzzle 48

The body of a warrior shot downward, striking on the ledges 190

"If he ever looks upon a white face again it will be the face of one who is a friend of the Sioux" 256

THE GREAT SIOUX TRAIL

CHAPTER I

THE SIOUX WARNING

The scene cast a singular spell, uncanny and exciting, over young Clarke. The sweep of plains on one side, and on the other the dim outline of mountains behind which a blood red sun was sinking, gave it a setting at once majestic and full of menace. The horizon, as the twilight spread over its whole surface, suggested the wilderness, the unknown and many dangers.

The drama passing before his eyes deepened and intensified his feeling that he was surrounded by the unusual. The fire burned low, the creeping dusk reached the edge of the thin forest to the right, and soon, with the dying of the flames, it would envelop the figures of both Sioux and soldiers. Will's gaze had roved from one to another, but now it remained fixed upon the chief, who was speaking with all the fire, passion and eloquence so often characteristic of the great Indian leaders. He was too far away to hear the words, as only the officers of the troop were allowed at the conference, but he knew they were heavy with import, and the pulses in his temples beat hard and fast... Continue reading book >>




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