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Wolf Breed   By: (1882-1943)

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WOLF BREED

by

JACKSON GREGORY

Author of The Short Cut, Etc.

With Frontispiece in Color by Frank Tenney Johnson

[Frontispiece: SHE STOOD UPON A MONSTER BEAR SKIN. UPON THE RUG, STREWN ABOUT HER CARELESSLY, THEIR BRIGHT DISCS ADANCE WITH REFLECTED LIGHT, A THOUSAND MINTED GOLD PIECES CAUGHT THE GLINT OF THE LOW SUN.]

New York Grosset & Dunlap Publishers Copyright, 1916, By Dodd, Mead & Company, Inc.

TO

JACKSON GREGORY, Jr.

CONTENTS

CHAPTER

I OPEN HOUSE AT PÈRE MARQUETTE'S II THE COMING OF NO LUCK DRENNEN III THE MAN UNDER THE CLOAK IV THE LUCK OF NO LUCK DRENNEN V THE WAY OF THE NORTH VI THE PROMISE OF A RAINBOW VII "A PRINCESS, SENT TO PACK WITH WOLVES!" VIII DUST OF IDOLS IX "TO THE GIRL I AM GOING TO KISS TONIGHT!" X SEEKERS AFTER GOLD XI THE WITCHERY OF YGERNE XII MERE BRUTE . . . OR JUST PLAIN MAN? XIII YGERNE'S ANSWER XIV DRENNEN MAKES A DISCOVERY XV THE TALE OF le Beau Diable XVI THE LOST GOLDEN GIRL PAYS AN OLD DEBT XVII THE PASSION OF ERNESTINE DUMONT XVIII THE LAW AND A MAN'S DESIRE XIX THE LONG TRAIL XX THE FIRES WHICH PURIFY XXI CHANCE HEARD IN THE NIGHT XXII THE PATH DOWN THE CLIFF XXIII CHÂTEAU BELLAIRE XXIV THE SPEAKING OF GUNS XXV THE BELATED DAWN

WOLF BREED

CHAPTER I

OPEN HOUSE AT PÈRE MARQUETTE'S

Mid June, and the eager spring had burst triumphant into the North Woods. The mountain tops, still white hostages of the retreating winter, fettered in frozen manacles, were alone in their reminiscence of the implacable season. And even they made their joyous offerings to the newborn springtime, pouring a thousand flashing cascades to leap down the rocky sides and seek out the hidden nooks and valleys where seeds were bursting and the thawed earth lay fruitful under warm, lush grass. The birds were back from their southern voyaging, once more the squirrels chattered in the open, noisily forgetful of the rigours of winter in the joy of green things growing, and in the clear blue arch of the sky the sun wheeled gloriously through a long day. The air, always wine, was now a sparkling, bubbling, rare vintage champagne, dancing in the blood, making laughter in the heart and sweet tumult in the brain. It was the season of long, golden days, of clear, silver nights, of budding life everywhere.

Because of three unmistakable signs did even the most sceptical of the handful of hardy spirits at MacLeod's Settlement know that in truth the spring had come. They read the welcome tidings in the slipping of the snows from the flinty fronts of Ironhead and Indian Peak a thousand feet above the greening valley; in the riotous din of squirrels and birds interwoven with the booming of frogs from the still ponds; and finally in the announcement tacked upon the post office door. The two line scrawl in lead pencil did not state in so many words the same tidings which the blue birds were proclaiming from the thicket on the far bank of the Little MacLeod; it merely announced that to night Père Marquette and his beloved wife, Mère Jeanne, were keeping open house. Every one in the Settlement knew what that meant, just as well as he understood the significance of the noises of the ice splitting upon the ponds.

Once every year until now this was the fiftieth had such an announcement appeared. Not always upon the door of the post office, for when the announcements began there was no post office in MacLeod's Settlement. But annually at the chosen time set apart by the season and himself Père Marquette would appear upon the little narrow street, earlier than the earliest, cock his bright eye up at old Ironhead towering high above him, rub his chin complacently, turn his head sidewise so that he might hearken to the thin voices of the wild creatures, and then, his message tacked up, return to the private room behind his store to kiss Mère Jeanne awake and inform her with grave joy that their " jour de l'an " had come to them... Continue reading book >>




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