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The River and I   By: (1881-1973)

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Transcriber's Note: Typographical errors and inconsistent spellings found in the original publication have been maintained in this text. A list of these is found at the end of the book.

THE RIVER AND I

Other Books by JOHN G. NEIHARDT

INDIAN TALES AND OTHERS POETIC VALUES THE QUEST THE SONG OF HUGH GLASS THE SONG OF THE INDIAN WARS THE SONG OF THREE FRIENDS THE SPLENDID WAYFARING TWO MOTHERS COLLECTED POEMS

[Illustration: NIGHT IN CAMP.]

THE RIVER AND I

BY JOHN G. NEIHARDT

Illustrated New Edition

New York THE MACMILLAN COMPANY 1927 All rights reserved

COPYRIGHT, 1910, BY JOHN G. NEIHARDT.

Set up and electrotyped. Reissued in new format, October, 1927.

PRINTED IN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA BY THE CORNWALL PRESS

TO MY MOTHER

NOTE

The following account of a youthful adventure was written during the winter of 1908, ran as a serial in Putnam's Magazine the following year, and appeared as a book in 1910, five years before "The Song of Hugh Glass," the first piece of my Western Cycle. Many who have cared for my narrative poems, feeling the relation between those and this earlier avowal of an old love, have urged that "The River and I" be reprinted.

J.G.N.

St. Louis, 1927.

CONTENTS

CHAPTER PAGE I. THE RIVER OF AN UNWRITTEN EPIC 1

II. SIXTEEN MILES OF AWE 22

III. HALF WAY TO THE MOON 40

IV. MAKING A GETAWAY 65

V. THROUGH THE REGION OF WEIR 84

VI. GETTING DOWN TO BUSINESS 113

VII. ON TO THE YELLOWSTONE 137

VIII. DOWN FROM THE YELLOWSTONE 165

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Night in Camp Frontispiece FACING PAGE "Off on the Perilous Floods" 6 Barriers Formed before Him 7 The Boats Wrecked in an Ice Gorge 7 After the Spring Break Up 18 "Hole in the Wall" Rock on the Upper Missouri 19 Palisades of the Upper Missouri 19 Great Falls from Cliff Above 30 Great Falls from the Front 31 "This was Benton" 52 Ruins of Old Fort Benton 52 The House of the Bourgeois 53 A Round Up Outfit on the March 62 Joe 62 Montana Sheep 63 A Montana Wool Freighter 63 The "Atom I" under Construction 74 The Cable Ferry Towed Us Out 74 Laid Up with a Broken Rudder 75 "Atom" Sailing Up Stream in a Head Wind 86 Typical Rapids on Upper Missouri 87 Wolf Point, the First Town in 500 Miles 98 Entrance to the Bad Lands 99 Fresh Meat! 110 Supper! 111 "Walking" Boats over Shallows 126 Typical Upper Missouri River Reach 126 The Mouth of the James 127 Reveille! 142 The Pen and Key Ranch 143 Assiniboine Indian Chief 154 Assiniboine Indian Camp 155 On the Hurricane Deck of the "Expansion"; Capt. Marsh Third from the Left 166 Fort Union in 1837 167 Site of Old Fort Union 167 Boats Laid Up for the Winter at Washburn, N... Continue reading book >>




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