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They of the High Trails   By: (1860-1940)

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THEY OF THE HIGH TRAILS

BOOKS BY HAMLIN GARLAND

THEY OF THE HIGH TRAILS. Illustrated. Post 8vo THE FORESTER'S DAUGHTER. Illustrated. Post 8vo VICTOR OLLNEE'S DISCIPLINE. Post 8vo CAVANAGH FOREST RANGER. Post 8vo MAIN TRAVELLED ROADS. Post 8vo OTHER MAIN TRAVELLED ROADS. Post 8vo ROSE OF DUTCHER'S COOLLY. Post 8vo THE CAPTAIN OF THE GRAY HORSE TROOP. Post 8vo PRAIRIE FOLKS. Post 8vo THE TRAIL OF THE GOLD SEEKERS. Post 8vo BOY LIFE ON THE PRAIRIE. Illustrated. Post 8vo HESPER. Post 8vo THE LIGHT OF THE STAR. Illustrated. Post 8vo MONEY MAGIC. Illustrated. Post 8vo THE LONG TRAIL. Illustrated. Post 8vo THE MOCCASIN RANCH. Illustrated. Post 8vo THE TYRANNY OF THE DARK. Illustrated. Post 8vo THE SHADOW WORLD. Post 8vo

HARPER & BROTHERS, NEW YORK ESTABLISHED 1817

[Illustration: [See page 220] "TAKE ME BACK INSIDE," ALICE SAID. "I FEEL COLD HERE."]

THEY OF THE HIGH TRAILS

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by

HAMLIN GARLAND

Illustrated

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Harper & Brothers Publishers New York and London

THEY OF THE HIGH TRAILS

Copyright, 1902, 1906, 1908, 1910, 1913, 1914, 1915, by Hamlin Garland Copyright, 1916, by Harper & Brothers Printed in the United States of America Published April, 1916

CONTENTS

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FOREWORD ix

I. THE GRUB STAKER 3

II. THE COW BOSS 31

III. THE REMITTANCE MAN 57

IV. THE LONESOME MAN 81

V. THE TRAIL TRAMP 95

VI. THE PROSPECTOR 155

VII. THE OUTLAW 181

VIII. THE LEASER 237

IX. THE FOREST RANGER 253

AFTERWORD 381

ILLUSTRATIONS

"TAKE ME BACK INSIDE," ALICE SAID. "I FEEL COLD HERE" Frontispiece

"YOU'RE PRETTY SWIFT, AREN'T YOU?" SHE SAID, CUTTINGLY Facing p. 38

THE WOMAN CARRIED HERSELF SO UNGRACEFULLY AND DRESSED SO PLAINLY THAT EVEN THE SALOON DOOR LOAFERS CAST CONTEMPTUOUS GLANCES UPON HER Facing p. 254

THE AUTHOR AND A FOREST RANGER Facing p. 278

THE AUTHOR'S FOREWORD

Many changes have swept over the mountain West since twenty years ago, but romance still clings to the high country. The Grub Staker, hammer in hand, still pecking at the float, wanders the hills with hopeful patience, walking the perilous ledges of the cliffs in endless search of gold.

The Cow Boss, reckless rear guard of his kind, still urges his watch eyed bronco across the roaring streams, or holds his milling herd in the high parks, but the Remittance Man, wayward son from across the seas, is gone. Roused to manhood by his country's call, he has joined the ranks of those who fight to save the shores of his ancestral isle.

The Prospector still pushes his small pack mule through the snow of glacial passes, seeking the unexplored, and therefore more alluring, mountain ranges.

The Lonesome Man still seeks forgetfulness of crime in the solitude, building his cabin in the shadow of great peaks.

The Trail Tramp, mounted wanderer, horseman of the restless heart, still rides from place to place, contemptuous of gold, carrying in his folded blanket all the vanishing traditions of the wild.

The Fugitive still seeks sanctuary in the green timber finding the storms of the granite peaks less to be feared than the fury of the law.

The Leaser the tenderfoot hay roller from the prairies still tries his luck in some abandoned tunnel, sternly toiling for his faithful sweetheart in the low country; and

The Forest Ranger, hardy son of the pioneers, representing the finer social order of the future, rides his lonely woodland trail, guarding with single hearted devotion our splendid communal heritage of mine and stream... Continue reading book >>




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