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TheProjectGutenbergEBookofConjuror'sHouse,byStewartEdwardWhite ThiseBookisfortheuseofanyoneanywhereatnocostandwith almostnorestrictionswhatsoever Youmaycopyit,giveitawayor re-useitunderthetermsoftheProjectGutenbergLicenseincluded withthiseBookoronlineatwww.gutenberg.org Title:Conjuror'sHouse ARomanceoftheFreeForest Author:StewartEdwardWhite ReleaseDate:April11,2006[EBook#18149] Language:English ***STARTOFTHISPROJECTGUTENBERGEBOOKCONJUROR'SHOUSE*** ProducedbyBarbaraTozier,BillTozier,SankarViswanathan, andtheOnlineDistributedProofreadingTeamat http://www.pgdp.net CONJUROR'SHOUSE Beyondthebutternut,beyondthemaple, beyondthewhitepineandthered,beyond theoak,thecedar,andthebeech,beyond eventhewhiteandyellowbirchesliesa Land,andinthatLandtheshadowsfall crimsonacrossthesnow PaulGilmore,in"TheCalloftheNorth"—Thedramaticversionof"Conjuror's House." PaulGilmore,in"TheCalloftheNorth"—Thedramaticversionof "Conjuror'sHouse." CONJUROR'SHOUSE ARomanceoftheFreeForest BY StewartEdwardWhite AUTHOROFTHEWESTERNERS, THEBLAZEDTRAIL, ETC Seal GROSSET&DUNLAP PUBLISHERS:NEWYORK COPYRIGHT,1903,BY STEWARTEDWARDWHITE COPYRIGHT,1902,BYCURTISPUBLISHINGCOMPANY Published,March,1903 R CONJUROR'SHOUSE ChapterOne The girl stood on a bank above a river flowing north At her back crouched a dozen clean whitewashed buildings Before her in interminable journey, day after day, league on league into remoteness, stretched the stern Northern wilderness, untrodden save by the trappers, the Indians, and the beasts Close about the little settlement crept the balsams and spruce, the birch and poplar, behindwhichlurkedvastdrearymuskegs,achaosofbowlder-splits,theforest Thegirlhadknownnothingdifferentformanyyears Onceasummerthesailing ship from England felt its frozen way through the Hudson Straits, down the HudsonBay,todropanchorinthemightyRiveroftheMoose Onceasummera six-fathomcanoemannedbyadozenpaddlesstruggleddownthewatersofthe broken Abítibi Once a year a little band of red-sashed voyageurs forced their exhausted sledge-dogs across the ice from some unseen wilderness trail That wasall Before her eyes the seasons changed, all grim, but one by the very pathos of brevitysad InthebriefluxuriantsummercametheIndianstotradetheirpelts, came the keepers of the winter posts to rest, came the ship from England bringing the articles of use or ornament she had ordered a full year before Within a short time all were gone, into the wilderness, into the great unknown world Thesnowfell;theriverandthebayfroze StrangemenfromtheNorth glidedsilentlytotheFactor'sdoor,bearingthemeatandpeltsoftheseal Bitter iron cold shackled the northland, the abode of desolation Armies of caribou drifted by, ghostly under the aurora, moose, lordly and scornful, stalked majestically along the shore; wolves howled invisible, or trotted dog-like in organizedpacksalongtheriverbanks Dayandnighttheiceartillerythundered Night and day the fireplaces roared defiance to a frost they could not subdue, whilethepeopleofdesolationcrouchedbeneaththetyrannyofwinter Thentheupheavalofspringwiththeice-jamsandterrors,theMooseroaringby untamable, the torrents rising, rising foot by foot to the very dooryard of her father'shouse Strangespiritswereabroadatnight,howling,shrieking,cracking andgroaninginvoicesoficeandflood HerIndiannursetoldherofthemall— of Maunabosho, the good; of Nenaubosho the evil—in her lisping Ojibway dialectthatsoundedlikethesoftervoicesoftheforest Atlastthesuddensubsidenceofthewaters;thesplendideagerblossomingofthe landintonewleaves,lushgrasses,anabandonofsweetbrierandhepatica The airblewsoft,athousandsingingbirdssprangfromthesoil,thewildgoosecried intriumph OverheadshonethehotsunoftheNorthernsummer Fromthewildernesscamethebrigadesbearingtheirpelts,thehardytradersof thewinterposts,strikinghottheimaginationthroughthemysteriousandlonely allurementoftheircallings Forabriefseason,transientastheflashofaloon's wing ontheshadowof alake,the post was brightwith thethrongingofmany people The Indians pitched their wigwams on the broad meadows below the bend;thehalf-breedssaunteredabout,flashingbrightteethandwickeddarkeyes atwhomitmightconcern;thetradersgazedstolidilyovertheirlittleblackpipes, andutteredbriefsentencesthroughtheirthickblackbeards Everywherewasgay sound—the fiddle, the laugh, the song; everywhere was gay color—the red sashes of the voyageurs, the beaded moccasins and leggings of the mètis, the capotesofthebrigade,thevariegatedcostumesoftheCreesandOjibways Like thewildrosesaroundtheedgeofthemuskegs,thisbrieffloweringoftheyear passed Againthenightswerelong,againthefrostcreptdownfromtheeternal snow,againthewolveshowledacrossbarrenwastes Just now the girl stood ankle-deep in green grasses, a bath of sunlight falling abouther,atingleofsaltwindhumminguptheriverfromthebay'soffing She wascladingraywool,andworenohat Hersofthair,thecolorofripewheat, blew about her temples, shadowing eyes of fathomless black The wind had brought to the light and delicate brown of her complexion a trace of color to match her lips, whose scarlet did not fade after the ordinary and imperceptible mannerintothetingeofherskin,butcontinuedvividtotheveryedge;hereyes werewideandunseeing Onehandrestedidlyonthebreechofanornamented bronzefield-gun McDonald, the chief trader, passed from the house to the store where his barteringwiththeIndianswasdailycarriedon;theotherScotchmaninthePost, GalenAlbret,herfather,andtheheadFactorofallthisregion,pacedbackand forth across the veranda of the factory, caressing his white beard; up by the stockade, young Achille Picard tuned his whistle to the note of the curlew; across the meadow from the church wandered Crane, the little Church of England missionary, peering from short-sighted pale blue eyes; beyond the coulee, Sarnier and his Indians chock-chock-chocked away at the seams of the long coast-trading bateau The girl saw nothing, heard nothing She was dreaming,shewastryingtoremember Inthelinesofherslightfigure,initsposetherebytheoldgunovertheold,old river, was the grace of gentle blood, the pride of caste Of all this region her father was the absolute lord, feared, loved, obeyed by all its human creatures When he went abroad, he travelled in a state almost mediæval in its magnificence;whenhestoppedathome,mencametohimfromtheAlbany,the Kenógami,theMissináibe,theMattágami,theAbítibi—fromalltheriversofthe North—toreceivehiscommands Waywasmadeforhim,hislightestwordwas attended In his house dwelt ceremony, and of his house she was the princess Unconsciouslyshehadtakenthegracioushabitofcommand Shehadcometo valuehersmile,herword,tovalueherself Theladyofarealmgreaterthanthe countriesofEurope,shemovedserene,pure,loftyamiddependants Andastheladyofthisrealmshedidhonortoherfather'sguests—sittingstately behindthebeautifulsilverservice,belowtheportraitoftheCompany'sgreatest explorer, Sir George Simpson, dispensing crude fare in gracious manner, listening silently to the conversation, finally withdrawing at the last with a sweepingcourtesytoplaysoft,melancholy,andworld-forgottenairsontheold piano,broughtoveryearsbeforebytheLadyHead,whiletheguestsmademerry with the mellow port and ripe Manila cigars which the Company supplied its servants Then coffee, still with her natural Old World charm of the grande dame Such guests were not many, nor came often There was McTavish of Rupert's House, a three days' journey to the northeast; Rand of Fort Albany, a week'straveltothenorthwest;MaultofFortGeorge,tendaysbeyondeither,all grizzledintheCompany'sservice Withthemcametheirclerks,mostlyEnglish andScotchyoungersons,withavastrespectfortheCompany,andavasterfor theirFactor'sdaughter Onceintwoorthreeyearsappearedtheinspectorsfrom Winnipeg,truelordsoftheNorth,withtheirsix-fathomcanoes,theirluxurious furs, their red banners trailing like gonfalons in the water Then this post of Conjuror's House feasted and danced, undertook gay excursions, discussed in public or private conclave weighty matters, grave and reverend advices, cautions,andcommands Theywent Desolationagaincreptin Thegirldreamed Shewastryingtoremember Far-off,half-forgottenvisionsof brave, courtly men, of gracious, beautiful women, peopled the clouds of her imaginings Sheheardthemagain,asvoicesbeneaththeroarofrapids,likefarawaybellstinklingfaintlythroughawind,pityingher,exclaimingoverher;she sawthem dim and changing, as wraiths of a fog, as shadow pictures in a mist beneaththemoon,leaningtoherwithbright,shiningeyesfullofcompassionfor thelittlegirlwhowastogosofarawayintoanunknownland;shefeltthem,as thetouchofabreezewhenthenightisstill,fondlingher,claspingher,tossing heraloftinfarewell Oneshefeltplainly—agallantyouthwhoheldherupfor all to see One she saw clearly—a dewy-eyed, lovely woman who murmured loving,brokenwords Oneshehearddistinctly—agentlevoicethatsaid,"God's lovebewithyou,littleone,foryouhavefartogo,andmanydaystopassbefore you see Quebec again." And the girl's eyes suddenly swam bright, for the northlandwasverydreary Shethrewherpalmsoutinagestureofweariness Thenherarmsdropped,hereyeswidened,herheadbentforwardintheattitude oflistening "Achille!"shecalled,"Achille!Comehere!" Theyoungfellowapproachedrespectfully "Mademoiselle?"heasked "Don'tyouhear?"shesaid Faint,betweenintermittentsilences,camethesingingofmen'svoicesfromthe south "GraceàDieu!"criedAchille "Eetisso Eetisdatbrigade!" Heranshoutingtowardthefactory ChapterTwo Men,women,dogs,childrensprangintosightfromnowhere,andranpell-mell to the two cannon Galen Albret, reappearing from the factory, began to issue orders Twomensetabouthoistingonthetallflag-stafftheblood-redbannerof theCompany Speculation,excitedandearnest,aroseamongthemenastowhich of the branches of the Moose this brigade had hunted—the Abítibi, the Mattágami, or the Missináibie The half-breed women shaded their eyes Mrs Cockburn,thedoctor'swife,andtheonlyotherwhitewomaninthesettlement, cameandstoodbyVirginiaAlbret'sside Wishkobun,theOjibwaywomanfrom thesouthcountry,andVirginia'sdevotedfamiliar,tookherhalf-jealousstandon theother "It is the same every year We always like to see them come," said Mrs Cockburn,inhermonotonouslowvoiceofresignation "Yes," replied Virginia, moving a little impatiently, for she anticipated eagerly the picturesque coming of these men of the Silent Places, and wished to savor thepleasureundistracted "Mi-di-mo-yayka'-win-ni-shi-shin,"saidWishkobun,quietly "Ae,"repliedVirginia,withalittlelaugh,pattingthewoman'sbrownhand A shout arose Around the bend shot a canoe At once every paddle in it was raisedtoaperpendicularsalute,thenalltogetherdashedintothewaterwiththe full strength of the voyageurs wielding them The canoe fairly leaped through the cloud of spray Another rounded the bend, another double row of paddles flashed in the sunlight, another crew, broke into a tumult of rapid exertion as they raced the last quarter mile of the long journey A third burst into view, a fourth,afifth Thesilentriverwasalivewithmotion,glitteringwithcolor The canoes swept onward, like race-horses straining against the rider Now the spectators could make out plainly the boatmen It could be seen that they had decked themselves out for the occasion Their heads were bound with brightcolored fillets, their necks with gay scarves The paddles were adorned with gaudywoollenstreamers Newleggings,ofholidaypattern,wereintermittently visibleonthebowsmenandsteersmenastheyhalfrosetogiveaddedforceto theirefforts FAMOUSCOPYRIGHTBOOKS INPOPULARPRICEDEDITIONS Re-issues of the great literary successes of the time, library size, printed on excellentpaper—mostofthemfinelyillustrated Fullandhandsomelyboundin cloth Price,75centsavolume,postpaid NEDRA, by George Barr McCutcheon, with color frontispiece, and other illustrationsbyHarrisonFisher ThestoryofanelopementofayoungcouplefromChicago,whodecidetogoto London, travelling as brother and sister Their difficulties commence in New Yorkandbecomegreatlyexaggeratedwhentheyareshipwreckedinmid-ocean TheherofindshimselfstrandedontheislandofNedrawithanothergirl,whom hehasrescuedbymistake Thestorygivesanaccountoftheirfindingsomeof theotherpassengers,andthecircumstanceswhichresultedfromthestrangemixup POWERLOT,bySarahP McLeanGreene Illustrated Thestoryofthereformationofamanandhisrestorationtoself-respectthrough the power of honest labor, the exercise of honest independence, and the aid of clean,healthy,out-of-doorlifeandsurroundings Thecharacterstakeholdofthe heart and win sympathy The dear old story has never been more lovingly and artisticallytold MY MAMIE ROSE The History of My Regeneration, by Owen Kildare Illustrated This autobiography is a powerful book of love and sociology Reads like the strangest fiction Is the strongest truth and deals with the story of a man's redemptionthroughawoman'sloveanddevotion JOHNBURT,byFrederickUphamAdams,withillustrations JohnBurt,aNewEnglandlad,goesWesttoseekhisfortuneandfindsitingold mining He becomes one of the financial factors and pitilessly crushes his enemies ThestoryoftheStockExchangemanipulationswasnevermorevividly andengrossinglytold Alovestoryrunsthroughthebook,andishandledwith infiniteskill THEHEARTLINE,byGelettBurgess,withhalftoneillustrationsbyLester Ralph,andinlaycoverincolors A great dramatic story of the city that was A story of Bohemian life in San Francisco,beforethedisaster,presentedwithmirror-likeaccuracy Compressed into it are all the sparkle, all the gayety, all the wild, whirling life of the glad, mad,bad,andmostdelightfulcityoftheGoldenGate CAROLINA LEE By Lillian Bell With frontispiece by Dora Wheeler Keith Carolina Lee is the Uncle Tom's Cabin of Christian Science Its keynote is "DivineLove"intheunderstandingoftheknowledgeofallgoodthingswhich may be obtainable When the tale is told, the sick healed, wrong changed to right,povertyofpurseandspiritturnedintoriches,loversmadeworthyofeach other and happily united, including Carolina Lee and her affinity, it is borne upon the reader that he has been giving rapid attention to a free lecture on Christian Science; 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homesteaders,withtheinevitableresultoffiercecontest,ofpassionateemotion onbothsides,andoffinaltriumphoftheinevitabletendencyofthetimes WINSTON OF THE PRAIRIE With illustrations in color by W Herbert Dunton Amanofuprightcharacter,youngandclean,butbadlyworstedinthebattleof life,consentsasadesperateresorttoimpersonateforaperiodamanofhisown age—scoundrelly in character but of an aristocratic and moneyed family The bettermanfindshimselfbarredfromresuminghisoldname How,cominginto the other man's possessions, he wins the respect of all men, and the love of a fastidious,delicatelynurturedgirl,isthethreaduponwhichthestoryhangs Itis oneofthebestnovelsoftheWestthathasappearedforyears THAT MAINWARING AFFAIR By A Maynard Barbour With illustrationsbyE PlaistedAbbott Anovelwithamostintricateandcarefullyunraveledplot Anaturallyprobable andexcellentlydevelopedstoryandthereaderwillfollowthefortunesofeach characterwithunabatinginterest***theinterestiskeenatthecloseofthefirst chapterandincreasestotheend AT THE TIME APPOINTED With a frontispiece in colors by J H Marchand The fortunes of a young mining engineer who through an accident loses his memory and identity In his new character and under his new name, the hero lives a new life of struggle and adventure The volume will be found highly entertainingbythosewhoappreciateathoroughlygoodstory GROSSET&DUNLAP,Publishers,NewYork [Transcriber'snote: The following spelling inconsistencies and possible typographical errors were leftuncorrected: stolidily Missináibe/Missináibie queek/queeck mêchant/mèchant bouyant Comma at end of paragraph: Picard flashed his white teeth back at the passengers,] EndofProjectGutenberg'sConjuror'sHouse,byStewartEdwardWhite ***ENDOFTHISPROJECTGUTENBERGEBOOKCONJUROR'SHOUSE*** *****Thisfileshouldbenamed18149-h.htmor18149-h.zip***** Thisandallassociatedfilesofvariousformatswillbefoundin: http://www.gutenberg.org/1/8/1/4/18149/ ProducedbyBarbaraTozier,BillTozier,SankarViswanathan, 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