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[Illustration: J. D. Gillilan (signature)]

TRAIL TALES

BY

JAMES DAVID GILLILAN

THE ABINGDON PRESS

NEW YORK CINCINNATI

Copyright, 1915, by

JAMES DAVID GILLILAN

DEDICATED AFFECTIONATELY TO MY MOTHER, TO MY WIFE; LIKEWISE TO THE PREACHERS OF UTAH MISSION AND IDAHO ANNUAL CONFERENCE

CONTENTS

PREFACE 9 GOD'S MINISTER 11 THE WESTERN TRAIL 13 THE LONG TRAIL 19 THE DESERT 31 SAGEBRUSH 39 THE IRON TRAIL 47 A Railroad Saint in Idaho 49 An Unusual Kindness 59 INDIANS OF THE TRAIL 63 Introductory Words 65 Pocatello, the Chief 67 The Babyless Mother 72 Mary Muskrat 76 Bad Ben 79 A Three Cornered Sermon 82 Three Years After 87 Chief Joseph and His Lost Wallowa 92 The White Man's Book 96 LIGHTS AND SIDELIGHTS 99 THE STAGECOACH 107 AMONG THE HILLS 117 The Mother Deer 119 The Shepherd 121 The Feathered Drummer 122 MORMONDOM 123 The Trail of the Mormon 125 Some Mormon Beliefs 131 Weber Tom, Ute Polygamist 138 Polygamy of To Day 145 GREAT SALT LAKE 149 ARGONAUT SAM'S TALE 157 THE WRAITH OF THE BLIZZARD 167 THE GREAT NORTHWEST 175

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J. D. Gillilan Frontispiece Chief Joseph, Nez Perce Indian 64 Wallowa Lake 94 End of the Trail 183

PREFACE

In his young manhood the writer of these sketches came up into this realm of widest vision, clearest skies, sweetest waters, and happiest people to engraft the green twig of his life upon the activities of the mountaineers of the thrilling West.

At that time the vast plains and the barren valleys were silvered over with the ubiquitous sage through which crept lazily and aimlessly the many unharnessed arroyo making streams waiting only the appearance of their master, man. Under his scientific, skilled, and economic guidance these wild waters, lassoed, tamed, and set to work, taking the place of clouds where there are none, were soon to cause the gray garden of nature to become goldened by the well nigh illimitable acres of grain and other home making products.

The West has an abundant variety of life of a sort most intensely human... Continue reading book >>




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