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Author of "Lost River, the Adventures of Two Boys in the Big Woods," "The Travels of Honk a Tonk," "Twinkly Eyes" (3 vols.), "Fleet Foot," "Trail and Tree Top," and "Fuzzy Wuzz, the Little Brown Bear of the Sierras."

Illustrated by William Van Dresser

[Illustration: Spitfire began to double in his best bucking form. Page 15]

Milton Bradley Company Springfield, Massachusetts 1922

Copyright, 1922 By Milton Bradley Company Springfield, Massachusetts Bradley Quality Books

Printed in United States of America


H. F. B.,

Who would still be a boy, Were he a thousand years of age.


A pack burro camping trip in an unexplored region of the high Sierras results in a series of adventures for three boys in the late teens, a young Geological Survey man and the old prospector who guides them.

They meet bears and catch rainbow trout, are carried to fight fire by the Forest Service Air Patrol, and trail the incendiaries through a labyrinthian limestone cave. They ride in a lumber camp rodeo and experience earthquakes and avalanches. And in the glacier gouged canyons, the giant Sequoias, and sulphur springs, they trace the story of the geological formation of the earth, and its evolution from the days of dinosaurs.


CHAPTER PAGE I The Rodeo 1 II The Camping Trip 31 III Living off the Wilderness 58 IV With the Air Patrol 84 V A Daring Feat 95 VI The Incendiaries 110 VII The Cave 134 VIII The Snow Slide 154 IX Ted's Fossil Dinosaur 163 X How the Earth Was Made 176 XI The Valley of Ten Thousand Smokes 201 XII Gold! 226 Glossary and Pronouncing Dictionary of Geological Terms Used and Key to Geologic Time 263




Ted Smith, flinging his long legs off a frisky bay, grinned delightedly as his eye caught a flag decked touring car.

"Are you riding?" called the boy at the wheel.

"Sure AM!" drawled the ranch boy. "How about yourself?"

"Betcher life, Old Kid!" Ace King flung himself to the ground, disclosing the fact of his new leather chaps a contrast to Ted's overalls. Greetings followed between Ted and Senator King in the back seat, and Pedro Martinez, a black eyed young fellow who sat a pinto pony alongside.

The slanting rays of California sunshine were fanned by a breeze from Huntington Lake, as the crowd sifted about the corral fence at Cedar Crest. The prevailing khaki of the dusty onlookers gave way at intervals to a splash of color. An Indian in a purple shirt was borrowing the orange chaps of another broncho buster; he had drawn number two from the hat. Most of the cowmen offset their "two quart" sombreros with brilliant hued bandannas knotted loosely at their throats. A few wore chaparreras in stamped leather, and a few in goatskin red or black or tan though most let it go at plain blue overalls. One of the machines drawn up beside the soda pop stand fluttered a flag on its nose. For the Fourth was to be marked by a reading of the Declaration of Independence before the rodeo and barbecue. (The day had begun with a Parade of Horribles, in which every last lumberman took part, chanting the marching song to an accompaniment of well belabored frying pans... Continue reading book >>

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