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In Paths of Peril A Boy's Adventures in Nova Scotia   By: (1855-1907)

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[Frontispiece: "THE HEAVY ANIMAL TURNED TO FACE RAOUL." p . 22.]

IN PATHS OF PERIL

A Boy's Adventures in Nova Scotia

BY

J. MACDONALD OXLEY

AUTHOR OF 'DONALBLANE OF DARIEN,' 'A BOY OF THE BANKS,' 'NORMAN'S NUGGET,' ETC.

WITH SIX ILLUSTRATIONS

TORONTO

THE MUSSON BOOK COMPANY LIMITED

1903

CONTENTS

IN PATHS OF PERIL

CHAP.

I. FROM THE OLD WORLD TO THE NEW II. THE GREAT BEAR HUNT III. SETTING A BAD EXAMPLE IV. OFF TO THE WOODS V. THE MOOSE HUNT VI. IN THE NICK OF TIME VII. AT CLOSE QUARTERS VIII. A PERILOUS ENTERPRISE IX. THE STOPPING OF THE SUPPLY SHIP X. ADVENTURE IN BOSTON XI. TRAITORS IN THE CAMP XII. A GLORIOUS VICTORY

BEFRIENDED BY BRUIN

ILLUSTRATIONS

"THE HEAVY ANIMAL TURNED TO FACE RAOUL." . . . . . . Frontispiece

"THE PARTY SET FORTH."

"SUDDENLY, RAOUL RAISED HIMSELF UPON HIS KNEES."

"JOE LED THE WAY."

"RISING TO HIS FULL HEIGHT, JOE SWUNG THE PADDLE ABOVE HIS HEAD."

"SHE POINTED THE FIRST CANNON WITH HER OWN HANDS."

IN PATHS OF PERIL

CHAPTER I

FROM THE OLD WORLD TO THE NEW

The defence of the city of La Rochelle by the Huguenots, when for more than a year they defied the whole power of France under the leadership of Cardinal Richelieu, must ever remain one of the most heroic and soul stirring chapters in history.

For the sake of their faith these noble people endured the pangs of hunger, the perils of battle, and the blight of pestilence, until at last, their fighting men being reduced to a mere handful, with broken hearts they were compelled to surrender. It was a terrible time for the weak and the young. Nearly one half of the population of the city died during the siege, and those who survived formed a gaunt, haggard, miserable band, more like scarecrows than human beings.

Among them were a maiden of twenty and a boy of twelve years of age, whose fortunes we shall follow in these pages. She was Constance de Bernon, the only daughter of one of the most important families, and he, Raoul de Bernon, her nephew, now an orphan, both his parents having perished in the dreadful days of the siege.

Not all the horrors she had witnessed, nor the sufferings she had borne, in the least degree shook Constance's fidelity to her faith. She was of the stuff which makes martyrs, and would have died at the stake rather than renounce her religion. Right glad, therefore, was she when her parents succeeded in effecting their escape from old France, where only persecution awaited Protestants, and making their way across the Atlantic Ocean to the new France, where it was possible to be true to one's belief without having to suffer for it.

The de Bernons settled in what was then known as Acadia, now the Province of Nova Scotia, and began life again amid the wildness of the land which the Micmac and Melecite Indians had hitherto held as their hunting ground. Raoul accompanied them. Since the loss of his parents his whole heart had gone out to Constance. Never was aunt more beloved by nephew. It might indeed with truth be said that he fairly worshipped her, and found in her companionship the chief solace for his great bereavement.

While to the older people the change from the comfort and security of their former life at La Rochelle to the crude and hard conditions of their new home could not help being a very trying one, Raoul, on the contrary, was rather pleased with it. There was no going to school, nor learning of lessons, except when his aunt could now and then spare an hour to spend with him over the few books they had been able to bring. He lived out of doors for the most part, and had no difficulty in finding plenty to occupy his time.

He was a sturdy lad, with a bright, strong countenance, which gave good promise for the future if only he kept in the right path; and he made many friends, not only among the settlers, but also among the Indians, some of whose camps were always near at hand.

"It seems to me you do not miss La Rochelle very much, Raoul," said Constance to him as they sat at the door of the house in the quiet of the evening, when all the work of the day was over... Continue reading book >>




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