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Holiday Tales Christmas in the Adirondacks   By: (1840-1904)

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HOLIDAY TALES.

Christmas in the Adirondacks.

by

W. H. H. MURRAY.

[Illustration: W. H. H. MURRAY, THE MURRAY HOMESTEAD GUILFORD, CONN.]

Copyrighted, 1897. All Rights Reserved.

Press of Springfield Printing and Binding Company, Springfield, Mass.

CONTENTS.

PAGE

I.

HOW JOHN NORTON THE TRAPPER KEPT HIS CHRISTMAS, 11

II.

JOHN NORTON'S VAGABOND, 77

[Illustration: THE WILD DEER'S HOME.]

[Illustration: THE OLD TRAPPER'S HOME.]

LIST OF ILLUSTRATIONS.

THE WILD DEER'S HOME, By J. Gurner Fisher , Frontispiece No. 1

THE OLD TRAPPER'S HOME, By W. L. Everett Knowles , Frontispiece No. 2

HOW JOHN NORTON THE TRAPPER KEPT HIS CHRISTMAS, ( Heading ) 11

THE OLD TRAPPER'S FIREPLACE, By W. L. Everett Knowles , between pages 12 13

"ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE MOUNTAIN STOOD THE DISMAL HUT," By J. Gurner Fisher , " " 30 31

THE OLD TRAPPER'S SHOT, By J. Gurner Fisher , " " 44 45

THE MOUNTAIN TORRENT, By J. Gurner Fisher , Frontispiece No. 3

THE VAGABOND'S ROCK, By W. L. Everett Knowles, Frontispiece No. 4

JOHN NORTON'S VAGABOND, ( Heading ) 76

"VAGABONDS INCLUDED IN THIS INVITE," By W. L. Everett Knowles , between pages 80 81

"AND ABOVE THE WORDS WAS A STAR," By W. L. Everett Knowles , " " 82 83

THE OLD TRAPPER'S PADDLE, By W. L. Everett Knowles , 85

THE OLD TRAPPER'S RIFLE, By W. L. Everett Knowles , 88

AN OLD TIME GUN, By W. L. Everett Knowles , 89

CHRISTMAS HOLLY, By W. L. Everett Knowles , 93

"WHERE BE THE SHIPS?" By W. L. Everett Knowles , between pages 98 99

"AND FINALLY THE WORDS PASSED INTO THE AIR," By W. L. Everett Knowles , 105

"YE CRADLE OF YE OLDEN TIME," By W. L. Everett Knowles , 108

THE OLD TRAPPER AND HIS DOGS, "Friends come and go, but until death enters kennel or cabin the hunter and his hounds bide together." By W. L. Everett Knowles , between pages 112 113

HOW JOHN NORTON THE TRAPPER KEPT HIS CHRISTMAS.

I.

A cabin. A cabin in the woods. In the cabin a great fireplace piled high with logs, fiercely ablaze. On either side of the broad hearthstone a hound sat on his haunches, looking gravely, as only a hound in a meditative mood can, into the glowing fire. In the center of the cabin, whose every nook and corner was bright with the ruddy firelight, stood a wooden table, strongly built and solid. At the table sat John Norton, poring over a book, a book large of size, with wooden covers bound in leather, brown with age, and smooth as with the handling of many generations. The whitened head of the old man was bowed over the broad page, on which one hand rested, with the forefinger marking the sentence. A cabin in the woods filled with firelight, a table, a book, an old man studying the book. This was the scene on Christmas Eve. Outside, the earth was white with snow, and in the blue sky above the snow was the white moon.

"It says here," said the Trapper, speaking to himself, "it says here, ' Give to him that lacketh, and from him that hath not, withhold not thine hand. ' It be a good sayin' fur sartin; and the world would be a good deal better off, as I conceit, ef the folks follered the sayin' a leetle more closely." And here the old man paused a moment, and, with his hand still resting on the page, and his forefinger still pointing at the sentence, seemed pondering what he had been reading... Continue reading book >>




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