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The Heart of Unaga   By: (1867-1943)

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THE HEART OF UNAGA

BY RIDGWELL CULLUM

AUTHOR OF " The Triumph of John Kars ," " The Law Breakers ," " The Way of the Strong ," etc.

A. L. BURT COMPANY Publishers New York

Published by arrangement with G. P. Putnam's Sons

COPYRIGHT, 1920 BY RIDGWELL CULLUM

Made in the United States of America

The Knickerbocker Press, New York

CONTENTS

PART I

I. JULYMAN TELLS OF THE "SLEEPER" INDIANS

II. THE PASSING OF A DREAM

III. THE GOING OF STEVE

IV. UNAGA

V. MARCEL BRAND

VI. AN INA

VII. THE HARVEST OF WINTER

VIII. BIG CHIEF WANAK AHA

IX. THE VISION OF THE SPIRE

X. THE RUSH OUTFIT

XI. STEVE LISTENS

XII. REINDEER

XIII. "ADRESOL"

XIV. MALLARD'S

XV. THE SET COURSE

PART II

I. AFTER FOURTEEN YEARS

II. THE SPRING OF LIFE

III. MANHOOD

IV. KEEKO

V. A DUEL

VI. THE KING OF THE FOREST

VII. SUMMER DAYS

VIII. THE HEART OF THE WILDERNESS

IX. THE CLOSE OF THE SEASON

X. THE FAREWELL

XI. THROUGH THE EYES OF A WOMAN

XII. KEEKO RETURNS HOME

XIII. THE FAITH OF MEN

XIV. THE VALLEY OF DREAMS

XV. THE HEART OF UNAGA

XVI. KEEKO AND NICOL

XVII. THE DEVOTION OF A GREAT WOMAN

XVIII. THE VIGIL

XIX. THE STORE HOUSE

XX. THE HOME COMING

XXI. THE GREAT REWARD

The Heart of Unaga

PART I

CHAPTER I

JULYMAN TELLS OF THE "SLEEPER" INDIANS

Steve Allenwood raked the fire together. A shower of sparks flew up and cascaded in the still air of the summer night. A moment later his smiling eyes were peering through the thin veil of smoke at the two dusky figures beyond the fire. They were Indian figures, huddled down on their haunches, with their moccasined feet in dangerous proximity to the live cinders strewn upon the ground.

"Oh, yes?" he said. "And you guess they sleep all the time?"

The tone of his voice was incredulous.

"Sure, boss," one of the Indians returned, quite unaffected by the tone. The other Indian remained silent. He was in that happy condition between sleep and waking which is the very essence of enjoyment to his kind.

Inspector Allenwood picked up a live coal in his bare fingers. He dropped it into the bowl of his pipe. Then, after a deep inhalation or two, he knocked it out again.

"'Hibernate' eh? That's how we call it," he said presently. Then he shook his head. The smile had passed out of his eyes. "No. It's a dandy notion. But it's not true. They'd starve plumb to death. You see, Julyman, they're human folks the same as we are."

The flat denial of his "boss" was quite without effect upon Julyman. Oolak, beside him, roused himself sufficiently to turn his head and blink enquiry at him. He was a silent creature whose admiration for those who could sustain prolonged talk was profound.

"All same, boss, that so," Julyman protested without emotion. "Him same like all men. Him just man, squaw, pappoose. All same him sleep sleep sleep, when snow comes," Julyman sucked deeply at his pipe and spoke through a cloud of tobacco smoke. "Julyman not lie. Oh, no. Him all true. When Julyman young man very young him father tell him of Land of Big Fire. Him say all Indian man sleeping so." He leant over sideways, with his hands pressed together against his cheek to illustrate his meaning. "Him father say this. Him say when snow come All Indian sleep. One week two week. Then him wake so." He stretched himself, giving a great display of a weary half waking condition. "Him sit up. The food there by him, an' he eat eat plenty much. Then him drink. An' bimeby him drink the spirit stuff again. Bimeby, too, him roll up in blanket. Then him sleep some more. One week two week. So. An' bimeby winter him all gone. Oh, him very wise man. Him no work lak hell same lak white man. No. Him sleep sleep all him winter. An' when him wake it all sun, an' snow all gone... Continue reading book >>




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