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The Magnificent Adventure Being the Story of the World's Greatest Exploration and the Romance of a Very Gallant Gentleman   By: (1857-1923)

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THE

MAGNIFICENT

ADVENTURE

Being the Story of the World's Greatest Exploration and the Romance of a Very Gallant Gentleman.

A NOVEL

BY EMERSON HOUGH

AUTHOR OF

THE COVERED WAGON, NORTH OF 36, ETC.

ILLUSTRATED BY ARTHUR I. KELLER

NEW YORK GROSSET & DUNLAP PUBLISHERS

Made in the United States of America

COPYRIGHT, 1916, BY EMERSON HOUGH

COPYRIGHT, 1916, BY THE FRANK A. MUNSEY COMPANY

Printed in the United States of America

[Illustration: "'Him Ro'shones,' replied the girl" [PAGE 219]]

TO ROBERT H. DAVIS GOOD FRIEND INVALUABLE COLLABORATOR

CONTENTS

PART I

CHAPTER PAGE

I. MOTHER AND SON 3

II. MERIWETHER AND THEODOSIA 15

III. MR. BURR AND MR. MERRY 30

IV. PRESIDENT AND SECRETARY 36

V. THE PELL MELL AND SOME CONSEQUENCES 47

VI. THE GREAT CONSPIRACY 71

VII. COLONEL BURR AND HIS DAUGHTER 86

VIII. THE PARTING 94

IX. MR. THOMAS JEFFERSON 105

X. THE THRESHOLD OF THE WEST 117

XI. THE TAMING OF PATRICK GASS 128

XII. CAPTAIN WILLIAM CLARK 137

XIII. UNDER THREE FLAGS 143

XIV. THE RENT IN THE ARMOR 153

PART II

I. UNDER ONE FLAG 167

II. THE MYSTERIOUS LETTER 182

III. THE DAY'S WORK 191

IV. THE CROSSROADS OF THE WEST 199

V. THE APPEAL 208

VI. WHICH WAY? 218

VII. THE MOUNTAINS 230

VIII. TRAIL'S END 241

IX. THE SUMMONS 250

X. THE ABYSS 256

XI. THE BEE 272

XII. WHAT VOICE HAD CALLED? 280

XIII. THE NEWS 292

XIV. THE GUESTS OF A NATION 300

XV. MR. JEFFERSON'S ADVICE 308

XVI. THE QUALITY OF MERCY 316

XVII. THE FRIENDS 328

XVIII. THE WILDERNESS 336

XIX. DOWN TO THE SEA 351

LIST OF ILLUSTRATIONS

"'Him Ro'shones,' replied the girl" Frontispiece

FACING PAGE

"'Mistah Thomas Jeffahson!' was his sole announcement" 50

"'Oh, Theo, what have I done?'" 162

"Her face indeed!" 252

THE MAGNIFICENT ADVENTURE

CHAPTER I

MOTHER AND SON

A woman, tall, somewhat angular, dark of hair and eye, strong of features a woman now approaching middle age sat looking out over the long, tree clad slopes that ran down from the gallery front of the mansion house to the gate at the distant roadway. She had sat thus for some moments, many moments, her gaze intently fixed, as though waiting for something something or someone that she did not now see, but expected soon to see.

It was late afternoon of a day so beautiful that not even old Albemarle, beauty spot of Virginia, ever produced one more beautiful not in the hundred years preceding that day, nor in the century since then. For this was more than a hundred years ago; and what is now an ancient land was then a half opened region, settled only here and there by the great plantations of the well to do... Continue reading book >>




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