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The Woman from Outside [on Swan River]   By: (1879-1944)

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[Transcriber's Note: Obvious errors in the text have been corrected. Changes have also been made to make spelling, hyphenation, and punctuation use consistent. A full list of changes is at the end of the text.]

THE WOMAN from "OUTSIDE" [On Swan River]

By HULBERT FOOTNER Author of "The Fur Bringers" etc.

THE JAMES A. McCANN COMPANY Publishers New York

Copyright, 1921 by THE JAMES A. McCANN COMPANY All Rights Reserved

PRINTED IN THE U. S. A.

CONTENTS

CHAPTER PAGE

I THE WHITE MEDICINE MAN 1 II HOOLIAM 15 III THE UNEXPECTED VISITOR 24 IV MORE ABOUT CLARE 35 V THE FIRST STAGE 46 VI THE KAKISAS 59 VII ON THE RIVER 68 VIII THE LOG SHACK 83 IX THE FOOT 96 X THE START HOME 111 XI THE MYSTERY 129 XII IMBRIE 139 XIII THE RESCUE 154 XIV PURSUIT 172 XV UPS AND DOWNS 192 XVI THE LAST STAGE ON SWAN RIVER 212 XVII THE HEARING 243 XVIII A LETTER FROM MAJOR EGERTON TO HIS FRIEND ARTHUR DONCOURT, ESQ. 256 EPILOGUE 264

THE WOMAN FROM OUTSIDE

CHAPTER I

THE WHITE MEDICINE MAN

On a January afternoon, as darkness was beginning to gather, the "gang" sat around the stove in the Company store at Fort Enterprise discussing that inexhaustible question, the probable arrival of the mail. The big lofty store, with its glass front, its electric lights, its stock of expensive goods set forth on varnished shelves, suggested a city emporium rather than the Company's most north westerly post, nearly a thousand miles from civilization; but human energy accomplishes seeming miracles in the North as elsewhere, and John Gaviller the trader was above all an energetic man. Throughout the entire North they point with pride to Gaviller's flour mill, his big steamboat, his great yellow clap boarded house two storeys and attic, and a fence of palings around it! Why, at Fort Enterprise they even have a sidewalk, the only one north of fifty five!

"I don't see why Hairy Ben can't come down," said Doc Giddings Doc was the grouch of the post "the ice on the river has been fit for travelling for a month now."

"Ben can't start from the Crossing until the mail comes through from the Landing," said Gaviller. "It can't start from the Landing until the ice is secure on the Big River, the Little River, and across Caribou Lake." Gaviller was a handsome man of middle life, who took exceeding good care of himself, and ruled his principality with an amiable relentlessness. They called him the "Czar," and it did not displease him.

"Everybody knows Caribou Lake freezes over first," grumbled the doctor.

"But the rivers down there are swift, and it's six hundred miles south of here. Give them time."

"The trouble is, they wait until the horse road is made over the ice before starting the mail in. If the Government had the enterprise of a ground hog they'd send in dogs ahead."

"Nobody uses dogs down there any more... Continue reading book >>




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