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Virginia of Elk Creek Valley   By: (1887-1973)

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VIRGINIA OF ELK CREEK VALLEY

by

MARY ELLEN CHASE

Author of "The Girl from the Big Horn Country," etc.

[Illustration: "DONALD PULLED IN MACDUFF, AND YELLED TO CARVER TO JUMP"]

A. L. Burt Company Publishers New York

Published by arrangement with The Page Company

Printed in U. S. A.

Copyright, 1917 by The Page Company All rights reserved

Made in U. S. A.

TO

MY MOTHER

A REAL ONE

CONTENTS

CHAPTER PAGE I. The Joy of Anticipation 1 II. The Arrival 11 III. The Getting Acquainted Trip 23 IV. The Bear Canyon Bear 33 V. Jean Macdonald Homesteader 49 VI. Miss Green Again 68 VII. The Vigilantes Homestead 88 VIII. Aunt Deborah Hunter Pioneer 109 IX. Mr. Crusoe of Cripple Creek 126 X. A Letter from Dorothy 146 XI. "Ever Vigilant" 161 XII. The Roman Emperor 180 XIII. On the Mesa 198 XIV. The New School teacher in Bear Canyon 202 XV. Mr. Benjamin Jarvis Entertains 216 XVI. The Cinnamon Creek Forest Ranger 237 XVII. The Winthrop Coat of Arms 251 XVIII. A Good Sport 262 XIX. Carver Standish III Fits In 277 XX. Comrades 286

VIRGINIA OF ELK CREEK VALLEY

CHAPTER I

THE JOY OF ANTICIPATION

Elk Creek Valley was a blue and golden place that mid summer morning in the Big Horn Country. It seemed like a joyous secret tucked away among the mountains, whose hazy, far away summits were as blue as the sky above them. The lower ranges, too, were blue from purple haze and gray green sagebrush, while the bare, brown foot hills tumbling about their feet were golden in the sunlight. Blue lupines and great spikes of mountain larkspur made of the Valley itself a garden which sloped gently to the creek, and lost itself in a maze of quaking asps and cottonwoods. As for the creek waters, they ceased their tumultuous haste upon nearing the garden, and were content to move slowly so that they might catch and hold the sunlight in their amber depths. Beyond the creek, and through a gap in the foot hills, the prairie stretched for miles blue and green with oats and wheat and alfalfa. Now and then a mountain bluebird was lost to sight among the larkspur, and always a cloud of tiny blue butterflies circled above the creek.

Two pair of delighted eyes one gray and the other blue gazed upon the loveliness of everything as their owners watered a team of big bay horses at the ford. The gray eyes belonged to a girl of seventeen a girl with golden brown hair and cheeks glowing red through the tan of her eager, thoughtful face. She was radiant with happiness. It beamed from her eyes and lurked about the corners of her mouth. She seemed too excited to sit still. Now her gray eyes swept the prairie stretches, now scanned the mountains, now peered up the creek beneath the over hanging trees. She was talking in short, eager sentences to her companion the owner of the blue eyes. He was a tall, clean, robust lad a year older than she.

"Oh, Don," she cried, "isn't it wonderful? Just think! Our dream is really coming true! I used to say at school that even if it didn't come true, we'd have the joy of dreaming it anyway. But it's coming this very day! And, oh, Don, isn't this morning perfect? When I found in June they were really coming, I said I'd never be selfish enough to expect a perfect day, because it seemed as though I'd had enough already! But now it's come, I just know it's" her voice softened "it's a real gift from God. Don't you think so, too?"

"Yes, Virginia," said the boy... Continue reading book >>




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