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King Spruce, A Novel   By: (1865-1935)

King Spruce, A Novel by Holman Day

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KING SPRUCE

A NOVEL

BY

HOLMAN DAY

AUTHOR OF

"SQUIRE PHIN" "UP IN MAINE" "KIN O' KTAADN" ETC.

ILLUSTRATED BY E. ROSCOE SHRADER

NEW YORK AND LONDON HARPER & BROTHERS PUBLISHERS

Copyright, 1908, by HARPER & BROTHERS.

All rights reserved.

Published April, 1908.

[Illustration: "'I KNOW YOUR HEART'" [ See p. 289 ]

TO

A. B. D.

MY COMRADE OF TRAIL AND CAMP

CONTENTS

CHAP. PAGE

I. UP IN "CASTLE CUT 'EM" 1 II. THE HEIRESS OF "OAKLANDS" 17 III. THE MAKING OF A "CHANEY MAN" 27 IV. THE BOSS OF THE "BUSTERS" 35 V. DURING THE PUGWASH HANG UP 55 VI. AS FOUGHT BEFORE THE "IT 'LL GIT YE CLUB" 62 VII. ON MISERY GORE 78 VIII. THE TORCH, AND THE LIGHTING OF IT 92 IX. BY ORDER OF PULASKI D. BRITT 104 X. "LADDER" LANE'S SOIRÉE 114 XI. IN THE BARONY OF "STUMPAGE JOHN" 127 XII. THE CODE OF LARRIGAN LAND 142 XIII. THE RED THROAT OF POGEY 153 XIV. THE MESSAGE OF "PROPHET ELI" 164 XV. BETWEEN TWO ON JERUSALEM 174 XVI. IN THE PATH OF THE BIG WIND 181 XVII. THE AFFAIR AT DURFY'S CAMP 198 XVIII. THE OLD SOUBUNGO TRAIL 217 XIX. THE HOME MAKERS OF ENCHANTED 230 XX. THE HA'NT OF THE UMCOLCUS 241 XXI. THE MAN WHO CAME FROM NOWHERE 256 XXII. THE HOSTAGE OF THE GREAT WHITE SILENCE 270 XXIII. IN THE MATTER OF JOHN BARRETT'S DAUGHTER 278 XXIV. THE CHEESE RIND THAT NEEDED SHARP TEETH 293 XXV. SHARPENING TEETH ON PULASKI BRITT'S WHETSTONE 303 XXVI. THE DEVIL OF THE HEMPEN STRANDS 312 XXVII. THE "CANNED THUNDER" OF CASTONIA 324 XXVIII. "'TWAS DONE BY TOMMY THUNDER" 341 XXIX. THE PARADE PAST RODBURD IDE'S PLATFORM 352 XXX. THE PACT WITH KING SPRUCE 361

ILLUSTRATIONS

"'I KNOW YOUR HEART'" Frontispiece

"WADE STOOD ABOVE THE FALLEN FOE" Facing p. 70

"WRITHING AT HIS BONDS, HIS CONTORTED FACE TOWARDS THE RED FLAMES GALLOPING UP THE VALLEY" " 172

"'WHAT I SAY ON THIS RIVER GOES!'" " 334

NOTE

When the trees have been cut and trimmed in the winter's work in the woods the logs are hauled in great loads to be piled at "landing places" on the frozen streams, so that the spring floods will move them. Most of the streams have a succession of dams. On the spring drive the logs are floated to the dams, and then the gates are raised and the logs are "sluiced" through with a head of water behind them to carry them down stream. Thus the drive is lifted along in sections from one dam to another. It will be seen that Pulaski D. Britt's series of dams on Jerusalem constituted a valuable holding, and enabled him to control the water and leave the logs of rivals stranded if he wished. The collection of water and quick work in "sluicing" are most important, for the streams give down only about so much water in the spring.

When a load of logs is suddenly set free from the cable holding it back on a steep descent, as in Chapter XXVI., it is said to be "sluiced."

When there is a jam of entangled logs as they are swept down stream, if it is impossible to find and pry loose the "key log," it is sometimes necessary to blow up the restraining logs with dynamite.

When the floating logs are caught upon rocks, and the men are prying them loose, they are said to be "carding" the ledges... Continue reading book >>




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