The Jay-Hawkers: A Story of Free Soil and Border Ruffian Days (Classic Reprint)by Adela E. Orpen
A hazy autumn afternoon, with a bright sun sending slanting rays of shimmering light across the wide-stretching pairie; a lazy brown horse plodding along, while his rider lurched sleepily from side to side as if dozing in the saddle, and nothing else to be seen as far as the eye could
Excerpt from The Jay-Hawkers: A Story of Free Soil and Border Ruffian Days
A hazy autumn afternoon, with a bright sun sending slanting rays of shimmering light across the wide-stretching pairie; a lazy brown horse plodding along, while his rider lurched sleepily from side to side as if dozing in the saddle, and nothing else to be seen as far as the eye could reach. The horizon was like the open sea, limited only by the height of the point of view. It stretched away measureless to the west, and was only stopped in an equally measureless career toward the southeast by a belt of timber showing purple-blue against the copper-gleaming sky. It was toward this belt of timber that the sleepy horseman was riding.
He was a large man, lean and brown, with long, sinewy arms and bony fingers that seemed as if made to grip and not let go. His bronzed face was devoid of beard, revealing a square jaw and firm-set mouth, while beneath his low hat were two gray eyes, by nature keen, but just now dull with drowsiness.
The drowsy eyes managed now and again to scan the horizon for a moment in a mechanical sort of way. In one of these sleepy surveys the half-shut eyes detected a small speck, not stationary, but creeping languidly along at right angles to the direction of our slumberous rider. In a flash the sleepy eyes awoke and fixed themselves piercingly upon that speck.
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