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The Plow-Woman   By: (1875-1951)

The Plow-Woman by Eleanor Gates

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THE PLOW WOMAN

BY ELEANOR GATES

Author of The Biography of a Prairie Girl

[Illustration]

NEW YORK McCLURE, PHILLIPS & CO. MCMVI

Copyright, 1906, by McCLURE, PHILLIPS & CO.

Published, September, 1906

Copyright, 1906, by The Pearson Publishing Company

To Robert Underwood Johnson, Esq.

CONTENTS

CHAPTER PAGE

I. IN THE FURROW 3

II. A TRIP AND TROUBLE AHEAD 17

III. DALLAS MAKES A FRIEND 30

IV. MISUNDERSTANDINGS 41

V. THE DESPISED 52

VI. FROM DODGE CITY 62

VII. OUT OF THE SKY 76

VIII. BEFORE THE WARPED DOOR 86

IX. A HAND IN THE FUN 96

X. AN APPEAL TO HEADQUARTERS 106

XI. A LITTLE STRATEGY 118

XII. A CONFESSION 129

XIII. A PROPOSAL AND A PROMISE 134

XIV. ANOTHER PROMISE 145

XV. NECESSITY 151

XVI. BACK FROM THE WINTER CAMP 169

XVII. THE AWAKENING 178

XVIII. THE SMOKING MOUNTAIN 191

XIX. AL BRADEN OF SIOUX FALLS 200

XX. A CHARGE 210

XXI. A MEETING BY THE FORD 216

XXII. A FIRST WARNING 223

XXIII. AND WHAT FOLLOWED IT 228

XXIV. THE SPIRIT OF THE FRONTIER 245

XXV. THE INQUIRY 254

XXVI. BACKSLIDING 264

XXVII. SIMON PLAYS A PART 270

XXVIII. A CHANGE IN PLAN 277

XXIX. LOUNSBURY'S RETURN 284

XXX. THE TRYST 297

XXXI. BY THE LIGHT OF A MATCH 303

XXXII. THE EVE OF OTHER THINGS 309

XXXIII. THE END OF A DREAM 312

XXXIV. FIRE AND ESCAPE 318

XXXV. THE LAST WARNING 325

XXXVI. SOME UNEXPECTED DISCOVERIES 330

XXXVII. THE FLIGHT TO MURPHY'S THROAT 335

XXXVIII. FRASER HEARS A CALL 342

XXXIX. STANDING AT BAY 345

XL. SOME ENDINGS AND BEGINNINGS 351

XLI. TAPS 361

THE PLOW WOMAN CHAPTER I

IN THE FURROW

The coulée was a long, scarlet gash in the brown level of the Dakota prairie, for the sumach, dyed by the frosts of the early autumn, covered its sides like a cloth whose upper folds were thrown far over the brinks of the winding ravine and, southward, half way to the new cottonwood shack of the Lancasters. Near it, a dark band against the flaming shrub, stretched the plowed strip, narrow, but widening with each slow circuit of the team as the virgin, grass grown land was turned by the mould board to prepare for the corn planting of the coming spring.

The sun, just risen, shone coldly upon the plain, and a wind, bearing with it a hint of raw weather and whirling snow, swept down the Missouri valley from the north, marshalling in its front hosts of gabbling ducks and honking geese that were taking noisy flight from a region soon to be buried and already bleak. Yet with all the chill in the air, Ben and Betty, the mules, steamed as they toiled to and fro, and lolled out their tongues with the warmth of their work and the effort of keeping straight in the furrow; and Dallas, following in their wake with the reins about her shoulders and the horns of the plow in a steadying grasp, took off her slouch hat at the turnings to bare her damp forehead, drew the sleeve of her close fitting jersey across her face every few moments, and, at last, to aid her in making better progress, as well as to cool her ankles, brought the bottom of her skirt through the waistband, front and back, and walked in her red flannel petticoat... Continue reading book >>




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