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The Peace of Roaring River   By: (1861-1924)

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THE PEACE OF ROARING RIVER

[Illustration: "God bless you, Madge," said the man. "I will come soon." See page 306]

THE PEACE OF ROARING RIVER

BY

GEORGE VAN SCHAICK

AUTHOR OF

SWEET APPLE COVE, THE SON OF THE OTTER, A TOP FLOOR IDOL, ETC.

WITH ILLUSTRATIONS BY

W. H. D. KOERNER

NEW YORK

GROSSET & DUNLAP

PUBLISHERS

Copyright, 1918

BY SMALL, MAYNARD & COMPANY

(INCORPORATED)

Second Printing

CONTENTS

I. The Woman Scorned 13 II. What Happened to a Telegram 26 III. Out of a Wilderness 42 IV. To Roaring River 71 V. When Gunpowder Speaks 102 VI. Deeper in the Wilderness 124 VII. Carcajou Is Shocked 152 VIII. Doubts 165 IX. For the Good Name of Carcajou 189 X. Stefan Runs 211 XI. A Visit Cut Short 223 XII. Help Comes 237 XIII. A Widening Horizon 251 XIV. The Hoisting 279 XV. The Peace of Roaring River 290

ILLUSTRATIONS

"God bless you, Madge," said the man. "I will come soon." See page 306 Frontispiece Truth flashed upon her! In a few moments she would see for the first time the man she was to marry 98 "I'm glad you were not hurt. Rather unexpected, wasn't it" 122 He put out a brown hand and touched the girl's arm 270

THE PEACE OF ROARING RIVER

THE PEACE OF ROARING RIVER

CHAPTER I

The Woman Scorned

To the village of Carcajou came a young man in the spring. The last patches of snow were disappearing from under the protecting fronds of trees bursting into new leaf. From the surface of the lakes the heavy ice had melted and broken, and still lay in shattered piles on the lee shores. Black headed chickadees, a robin or two, and finally swallows had appeared, following the wedges of geese returning from the south on their way to the great weedy shoals of James' Bay.

The young man had brought with him a couple of heavy packs and some tools, but this did not suffice. He entered McGurn's store, after hesitating between the Hudson's Bay Post and the newer building. A newcomer he was, and something of a tenderfoot, but he made no pretence of knowing it all. A gigantic Swede he addressed gave him valued advice, and Sophy McGurn, daughter of the proprietor, joined in, smilingly.

She was a rather striking girl, of fiery locks and, it was commonly reported, of no less flaming temper. To Hugo Ennis, however, she showed the most engaging traits she possessed. The youth was good looking, well built, and his attire showed the merest trifle of care, such as the men of Carcajou were unused to bestow upon their garb. The bill finally made out by Sophia amounted to some seventy dollars.

"Come again, always glad to see you," called the young lady as Hugo marched out, bearing a part of his purchases.

For a month he disappeared in the wilderness and finally turned up again, for a few more purchases. On the next day he left once more with Stefan, the big Swede, and nothing of the two was seen again until August, when they returned very ragged, looking hungry, their faces burned to a dull brick color, their limbs lankier and, if anything, stronger than ever. The two sat on the verandah of the store and Hugo counted out money his companion had earned as guide and helper. When they entered the store Miss Sophia smiled again, graciously, and nodded a head adorned with a bit of new ribbon... Continue reading book >>




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