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The Greater Power   By: (1866-1945)

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THE GREATER POWER

BY SAME AUTHOR

The Cattle Baron's Daughter Alton Of Somasco Dust Of Conflict Winston Of The Prairie For Jacinta Delilah Of The Snows By Right Of Purchase Lorimer Of The Northwest

[Illustration: "I AM AFRAID I'M GOING TO LOSE HIM, AFTER ALL." Page 174 ]

THE GREATER POWER

BY HAROLD BINDLOSS

Author of "The Cattle Baron's Daughter," "By Right of Purchase," "Lorimer of the Northwest," "Thrice Armed," etc.

With Frontispiece in Colours by

W. HERBERT DUNTON

NEW YORK

FREDERICK A. STOKES COMPANY

PUBLISHERS

Copyright, 1909, By

FREDERICK A. STOKES COMPANY

All Rights Reserved

September, 1909

CONTENTS

CHAPTER PAGE I Overburdened 1 II The Trail 11 III Waynefleet's Ranch 22 IV Laura Waynefleet's Wish 34 V The Flood 45 VI The Breaking of the Dam 56 VII Laura Makes a Dress 66 VIII By Combat 78 IX Gordon Speaks His Mind 89 X The Calling Cañon 99 XI The Great Idea 109 XII Wisbech Makes Inquiries 118 XIII On the Trestle 127 XIV In the Moonlight 138 XV Martial's Misadventure 149 XVI Acton's Warning 162 XVII An Eventful Day 174 XVIII Tranquillity 186 XIX Nasmyth Hears the River 195 XX Nasmyth Goes Away 208 XXI The Men of the Bush 218 XXII Nasmyth Sets to Work 228 XXIII The Derrick 239 XXIV Realities 251 XXV Nasmyth Decides 260 XXVI One Night's Task 269 XXVII Timber Rights 278 XXVIII A Painful Duty 287 XXIX A Futile Scheme 297 XXX Second Thoughts 309 XXXI The Last Shot 318

THE GREATER POWER

CHAPTER I

OVERBURDENED

It was winter in the great coniferous forest which rolls about the rocky hills and shrouds the lonely valleys of British Columbia. A bitter frost had dried the snow to powder and bound the frothing rivers; it had laid its icy grip upon the waters suddenly, and the sound of their turmoil died away in the depths of the rock walled cañons, until the rugged land lay wrapped in silence under a sky of intense, pitiless blueness that seemed frozen too. Man and beast shrink from the sudden cold snaps, as they call them, in that country, and the rancher, who has sheep to lose, sits shivering in his log house through the long forenights with a Marlin rifle handy, while the famished timber wolves prowl about his clearing. Still, it is the loggers toiling in the wilderness who feel the cold snaps most, for the man who labours under an Arctic frost must be generously fed, or the heat and strength die out of him, and, now and then, it happens that provisions become scanty when no canoe can be poled up the rivers, and the trails are blocked with snow... Continue reading book >>




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