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The Preacher of Cedar Mountain A Tale of the Open Country   By: (1860-1946)

The Preacher of Cedar Mountain A Tale of the Open Country by Ernest Thompson Seton

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THE PREACHER OF CEDAR MOUNTAIN

A TALE OF THE OPEN COUNTRY

BY ERNEST THOMPSON SETON

FRONTISPIECE BY CLARENCE ROWE

Garden City New York DOUBLEDAY, PAGE & COMPANY 1917

Copyright, 1917, by Ernest Thompson Seton

All rights reserved, including that of translation into foreign languages, including the Scandinavian

[Illustration: "'You must choose between us. Is it Belle or Blazing Star?'"]

PREFACE

Most of the characters in this tale are from life, and some of the main events are historical, although the actual scenes and names are not given. Many men now living will remember Fighting Bill Kenna and the Horse Preacher, as well as the Fort Ryan races. These horse races are especially well known and have been described in print many times. I did not witness any of them myself, but listened on numerous occasions when they were described to me by eye witnesses. My first knowledge of the secret try out in Yellowbank Canyon was given to me years ago by Homer Davenport, the cartoonist, with permission to use the same.

But all of these more or less historic events are secondary to the intent of illustrating the growth of a character, whose many rare gifts were mere destructive force until curbed and harmonized into the big, strong machine that did such noble work in the West during my early days on the Plains.

ERNEST THOMPSON SETON.

CONTENTS

Preface

BOOK I THE CHILD OF THE STABLE YARD

I. The Home Land of Little Jim Hartigan

II. The Strains That Were Mingled in Jim

III. How He Lost His Father

IV. The Atmosphere of His Early Days

V. Little Jim's Tutors

VI. Jim Loses Everything

VII. He Gets a Much needed Lesson

BOOK II THE CONVERSION

VIII. The Conversion of Jim

IX. Jim Hartigan Goes to College

X. Escape to Cedar Mountain

XI. A New Force Enters His Life

XII. Belle Boyd

XIII. Preacher Jim's First Sermon

XIV. The Lure of the Saddle

XV. Pat Bylow's Spree

XVI. The New Insurance Agents

XVII. Belle Makes a Decision and Jim Evades One

XVIII. The Second Bylow Spree

XIX. The Day of Reckoning

XX. The Memorable Trip to Deadwood

XXI. The Ordeal

XXII. The Three Religions Confront Him

BOOK III THE HORSE PREACHER

XXIII. Blazing Star

XXIV. Red Rover

XXV. The Secret of Yellowbank Canyon

XXVI. Preparing for the Day

XXVII. The Start

XXVIII. The Finish

XXIX. The Riders

XXX. The Fire

XXXI. Love in the Saddle

BOOK IV THE HORSE PREACHER AFOOT

XXXII. The Advent of Midnight

XXXIII. The Sociable

XXXIV. Springtime

XXXV. When the Greasewood is in Bloom

XXXVI. Shoeing the Buckskin

XXXVII. The Boom

XXXVIII. When the Craze Struck

XXXIX. Jim's Bet

XL. The Crow Band

XLI. The Pinto

XLII. The Aftertime

XLIII. Finding the Lost One

XLIV. A Fair Rider

XLV. The Life Game

XLVI. What Next?

XLVII. Back to Deadwood

XLVIII. The Fork in the Trail

XLIX. The Power of Personality

L. The Call to Chicago

LI. These Little Ones

LII. The Boss

LIII. The First Meeting

LIV. The Formation of the Club

BOOK V THE CALL OF THE MOUNTAIN

LV. In the Absence of Belle

LVI. The Defection of Squeaks

LVII. The Trial

LVIII. In the Death House

LIX. The Heart Hunger

LX. The Gateway and the Mountain

LXI. Clear Vision on the Mountain

LXII. When He Walked with the King

BOOK ONE

THE CHILD OF THE STABLE YARD

CHAPTER I

The Home Land of Little Jim Hartigan

A burnt, bare, seared, and wounded spot in the great pine forest of Ontario, some sixty miles northeast of Toronto, was the little town of Links. It lay among the pine ridges, the rich, level bottomlands, and the newborn townships, in a region of blue lakes and black loam that was destined to be a thriving community of prosperous farmer folk... Continue reading book >>




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