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Hawk Eye   By: (1872-1966)

Hawk Eye by David Cory

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Transcriber's Note:

Illustration captions in {brackets} have been added by the transcriber for reader convenience.

The position of some illustrations has been changed to better fit with the context.

Minor typographical errors have been corrected without note. In all other cases spelling, hyphenation, and capitalization have been retained as in the original publication, except for the following:

Page 108, "re loaded" changed to "reloaded", consistent with other instances (As Hawk Eye reloaded his gun).

[Illustration: {Cover.}]

[Illustration: {Left inside cover. Family sitting outside tepee.}]

[Illustration: THE SHAFTS SPED TO THEIR MARKS AND TWO BIRDS FLUTTERED AND FELL TO EARTH.]

HAWK EYE

BY DAVID CORY Author of "LITTLE INDIAN," and others

[Illustration: {Hawk Eye with rabbit.}]

GROSSET & DUNLAP PUBLISHERS NEW YORK

COPYRIGHT, 1938, BY GROSSET & DUNLAP, INC. All Rights Reserved

Printed in the United States of America

FOREWORD

There is a secure immortality and a depth of intuition in the utterance of Wordsworth, the peer of nature's poets, when from his pastoral reed he strikes the notes:

"The child is father of the man."

Nothing could be more insistently and persistently true of the Indian child the girl to be the mother of warriors, the boy to become a hero and the father of future "braves."

It goes back, all of it, to a heredity born of three vital and vitalizing forces. The Indian holds with steadfastness and devotion to his many and weird ceremonies, but these all lead him back to the supreme, piloting force of his life, his unfailing faith in the Great Mystery.

The altar stairs to the spirit world are hills, buttressed by granite; trees that talk with the winds whispers from the spirit world; the thunder of the waterfall the voice of the Great Mystery; stars the footprints of warriors treading the highways of the Happy Hunting Ground. In all of these he sees God.

Falling into communion with this happy philosophy of life, the glory of Indian motherhood crosses our path and there are few things more beautiful. When the day of expectation dawns upon her, she seeks the solitude of all the majesty in which from childhood she has seen the footprints of God revels, communes, rehearses to herself the heroism of the greatest hero of her tribe, and all that the impress of it may be felt upon the master man, the miracle of whose life has been entrusted to her to work out.

For the first two full years of his life, a spiritual hand guides his steps. There, in struggle and patience and self denial, he must learn all of nature's glad story.

His grandparents then take him into their school. He learns to ride before he can walk; he is taught the use of the bow and arrow, which means hitting the mark, keenness of vision, a steady aim, precision, so that when the crisis comes he is ready an ample reason for the brave, effective and self reliant conduct of the Indian soldier on the fields of France in the World War.

Deep breathing in the open air, giving full lung power; self denial, giving strength of limb and endurance in the race; fellowship with all of nature's winsome and wild moods; a discerning will power; a steadfast reliance upon the guiding hand of the Great Spirit, empower the Indian boy to stand on all the high hills of history and challenge any militant force that may confront him.

The sphere is complete; Boy: Mother: God.

[Illustration: Signature, Joseph K Dixon]

Leader of the Rodman Wanamaker Historical Expeditions to the North American Indian

ACKNOWLEDGMENTS

Any writer who adds to the number of books on that ever fascinating subject, the American Indian, must owe thanks to many authors who have written about the Indians... Continue reading book >>




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