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TheProjectGutenbergeBook,TheLonesomeTrailandOtherStories,byB M Bower ThiseBookisfortheuseofanyoneanywhereatnocostandwithalmostno restrictionswhatsoever Youmaycopyit,giveitawayorre-useitunderthe termsoftheProjectGutenbergLicenseincludedwiththiseBookoronlineat www.gutenberg.net Title:TheLonesomeTrailandOtherStories Author:B M Bower ReleaseDate:December31,2004[eBook#14542] Language:English Charactersetencoding:ISO-646-US(US-ASCII) ***STARTOFTHEPROJECTGUTENBERGEBOOKTHELONESOME TRAILANDOTHERSTORIES*** E-textpreparedbyAlHaines THELONESOMETRAILANDOTHERSTORIES by B M BOWER(B M SINCLAIR) AuthorofChipoftheFlyingU,TheRangeDwellers,HerPrairieKnight,The LureoftheDimTrails,TheHappyFamily,TheLongShadow,etc NewYork Grosset&Dunlap Publishers 1904 CONTENTS THELONESOMETRAIL FIRSTAIDTOCUPID WHENTHECOOKFELLILL THELAMB THESPIRITOFTHERANGE THEREVELER THEUNHEAVENLYTWINS THELONESOMETRAIL PARTONE Amanisverymuchlikeahorse Oncethoroughlyfrightenedbysomethinghe meetsontheroad,hewillinvariablyshyatthesameplaceafterwards,untila wiselyfirmmasterleadshimperforcetothespotandprovesbeyondalldoubt thatthedangerisofhisownimagining;afterwhichhewillthrowuphishead anddenythatheeverwasafraid—andbequiteamusinglysincereinthedenial Itistrueofeverymanwithhigh-keyednature,adecentopinionofhimselfanda healthyprideofpower ItwastrueofWillDavidson,oftheFlyingU— commonlyknownamonghisassociates,particularlytheHappyFamily,as "Weary."Astothecauseofhisshyingatacertainobject,thathappenedlong ago ManymileseastoftheBearPaws,inthetownwhereWearyhadminced painfullyalongthestreetsonpink,protesting,baresolesbeforethefrostwas halfoutoftheground;hadyelledhimselfhoarseandrunhimselflameinthe redoubtablebase-ballninewhichwastomakethattownsomedayfamous—the ninewheretheyoftenplayedwithseven"men"becausetheothertwohadto "bug"potatoesordosomeothermenialtaskandwheretheumpirefrequently engagedinthrowinglumpsofdriedmudatrefractoryplayers,—therehadlived aGirl ShemighthavelivedthereacenturyandWearybeennonetheworse,hadhenot acquiredtheunfortunatehabitofgrowingup Eventhenhemighthaveescaped injuryhadhenotpersistedingrowingupandup,astraightsix-feet-twoof lovablegoodlooks,withthesunniestoftempersandblueeyesthatreflectedthe warmsweetnessofthatnature,andasmiletotellwhattheeyesleftunsaid Suchbeingthetemptinglengthofhim,theGirlsawthathewasworthaneffort; shetooktosmokingthechimneyofherbedroomlamp,heatingcurlingirons, wearingherbesthatandbestribbonsonaweekday,andinsistinguponcrowding numberfour-and-a-halffeetintonumberthree-and-a-halfshoesandmanagingto lookasifshewereperfectlycomfortable Whenagirldoesallthosethings,and whenshehasagoodcomplexionandhairvividlyredandlong,heavy-lidded blueeyesthathaveafashionoflookingside-longataman,itwerewellforthat mantotravel—ifhewouldkeepthelightnessofhisheartandthesunnylookin hiseyesandhissmile Wearytraveled,butthetroublewasthathedidnotgosoonenough Whenhedid go,hiseyesweresomberinsteadofsunny,andhesmilednotatall 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