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The King's Arrow A Tale of the United Empire Loyalists   By: (1872-1948)

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Transcriber's note: In the original book, the 's' in "Wu las tukw" is actually "s acute", or Unicode U015B, and the first 'u' in "Pu kut" is actually "u breve", or Unicode U016D. In this e text, both characters have been rendered as their standard ASCII equivalents.

THE KING'S ARROW

A Tale of the United Empire Loyalists

by

H. A. CODY

Author of "The Frontiersman," "The Long Patrol," "Glen of the High North," "Jess of the Rebel Trail," etc.

McClelland and Stewart Publishers Toronto George H. Doran Company

1922,

To

MY ANCESTORS OF THE UNITED EMPIRE LOYALISTS

Who Came to the St. John River, May, 1783,

This Book is Gratefully Dedicated

CONTENTS

CHAPTER

I WHEN THE CANNON ROARED II "COME AND TAKE IT" III CUPID'S ARROW IV THE WARNING V "TRY IT" VI WHEN THE BOW STRING TWANGED VII OUT OF THE STORM VIII BENEATH THE SPREADING MAPLE IX LOVE'S CHARM X WHILE THE WATER FLOWS XI THE SUMMONS XII PLOTTERS IN COUNCIL XIII THE KING'S RANGERS XIV WHERE THE RANGERS LED XV THE LINE IN THE SAND XVI UNDER COVER OF NIGHT XVII THE UNKNOWN QUANTITY XVIII LOYAL FRIENDS XIX THE SMOKE SIGNAL XX TEMPERED PUNISHMENT XXI THROUGH THE WILDERNESS XXII IN DESPERATE STRAITS XXIII SIX CANDLES AND ONE XXIV TIMON OF THE WILDERNESS XXV UNMASKED XXVI BEHIND THE BOLTED DOOR XXVII THROUGH THE NIGHT AND THE STORM XXVIII WITHIN THE LONE CABIN XXIX SHELTERING ARMS XXX THE ROUND UP XXXI PEACE AT EVENING TIME XXXII AFTER MANY DAYS XXXIII SEEDS OF EMPIRE

THE LOYALISTS

(1783)

"Broad lands, ancestral homes, the gathered wealth Of patient toil and self denying years Were confiscate and lost. . . . Not drooping like poor fugitives they came In exodus to our Canadian wilds, But full of heart and hope, with heads erect, And fearless eyes, victorious in defeat."

WILLIAM KIRBY

"No one will know, because none has told, all that those brave pioneers underwent for their devotion and fidelity. You will see to day on the outskirts of the older settlements little mounds, moss covered tombstones which record the last resting places of the forefathers of the hamlet. They do not tell you of the brave hearts laid low by hunger and exposure, of the girlish forms washed away, of the babes and little children who perished for want of proper food and raiment. They have nothing to tell of the courageous, high minded mothers, wives and daughters, who bore themselves as bravely as men, complaining never, toiling with men in the fields, banishing all regrets for the life they might have led had they sacrificed their loyalty. . . . No great monument is raised to their memory; none is needed; it is enshrined forever in the hearts of every Canadian and of every one who admires fidelity to principle, devotion and self sacrifice."

" Romance of Canada ," BECKLES H. WILLSON

THE KING'S ARROW

CHAPTER I

WHEN THE CANNON ROARED

A keen wind whipping in from the west swayed the tops of innumerable pines, firs, spruces, and maples. They were goodly trees, unharmed as yet by scathing fire or biting axe. Proudly they lifted their crests to the wind and the sun, while down below, their great boles were wrapped in perpetual shade and calm. Life, mysterious life, lurked within those brooding depths, and well did the friendly trees keep the many secrets of the denizens of the wild.

Through that trackless maze two wayfarers warily threaded their course on a chill May day in the year seventeen hundred and eighty three. They were men, and their speed denoted the urgency of the business upon which they were bent. They were clad in buckskin jackets, and homespun trousers, which showed signs of hard usage. Moccasins encased their feet, and squirrel skin caps sat lightly upon their heads... Continue reading book >>




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