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Our Home in the Silver West A Story of Struggle and Adventure   By: (1840-1910)

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[Illustration: The Figure Springs into the Air See page 129.]

[Illustration: THE BOYS OWN BOOKSHELF]

OUR HOME IN THE SILVER WEST

A Story of Struggle and Adventure

BY

GORDON STABLES, C.M., M.D., R.N.

AUTHOR OF 'THE CRUISE OF THE SNOWBIRD,' 'WILD ADVENTURES ROUND THE POLE,' ETC., ETC.

THE RELIGIOUS TRACT SOCIETY

56, Paternoster Row; 65, St. Paul's Churchyard and 164 Piccadilly

Richard Clay and Sons, Limited, London and Bungay.

CONTENTS.

CHAPTER PAGE I. The Highland Feud. 11 II. Our Boyhood's Life. 23 III. A Terrible Ride. 30 IV. The Ring and the Book. 44 V. A New Home in the West. 54 VI. The Promised Land at Last. 64 VII. On Shore at Rio. 77 VIII. Moncrieff Relates His Experiences. 86 IX. Shopping and Shooting. 96 X. A Journey That Seems Like a Dream. 106 XI. The Tragedy at the Fonda. 115 XII. Attack by Pampa Indians. 125 XIII. The Flight and the Chase. 134 XIV. Life on an Argentine Estancia. 146 XV. We Build our House and Lay Out Gardens. 155 XVI. Summer in the Silver West. 165 XVII. The Earthquake. 175 XVIII. Our Hunting Expedition. 185 XIX. In the Wilderness. 197 XX. The Mountain Crusoe. 209 XXI. Wild Adventures on Prairie and Pampas. 221 XXII. Adventure With a Tiger. 231 XXIII. A Ride for Life. 244 XXIV. The Attack on the Estancia. 255 XXV. The Last Assault. 266 XXV Farewell to the Silver West. 279

LIST OF ILLUSTRATIONS.

PAGE The Figure Springs into the Air Frontispiece Orla thrusts his Muzzle into my Hand 10 Ray lay Stark and Stiff 18 'Look! He is Over!' 33 He pointed his Gun at me 41 'I'll teach ye!' 74 Fairly Noosed 99 'Ye can Claw the Pat' 138 Comical in the Extreme 195 Tries to steady himself to catch the Lasso 203 Interview with the Orang outang 214 On the same Limb of the Tree 236 The Indians advanced with a Wild Shout 268

[Illustration: Orla thrusts his Muzzle into my Hand]

OUR HOME IN THE SILVER WEST

CHAPTER I.

THE HIGHLAND FEUD.

Why should I, Murdoch M'Crimman of Coila, be condemned for a period of indefinite length to the drudgery of the desk's dull wood? That is the question I have just been asking myself. Am I emulous of the honour and glory that, they say, float halo like round the brow of the author? Have I the desire to awake and find myself famous? The fame, alas! that authors chase is but too often an ignis fatuus . No; honour like theirs I crave not, such toil is not incumbent on me. Genius in a garret! To some the words may sound romantic enough, but ah me! the position seems a sad one. Genius munching bread and cheese in a lonely attic, with nothing betwixt the said genius and the sky and the cats but rafters and tiles! I shudder to think of it. If my will were omnipotent, Genius should never shiver beneath the tiles, never languish in an attic. Genius should be clothed in purple and fine linen, Genius should 'Yes, aunt, come in; I'm not very busy yet.'

My aunt sails into my beautiful room in the eastern tower of Castle Coila.

'I was afraid,' she says, almost solemnly, 'I might be disturbing your meditations... Continue reading book >>




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