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THE GREAT SIOUX TRAIL
     

THE GREAT SIOUX TRAIL

by Joseph A. Altsheler
 

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CONTENTS

CHAPTER PAGE

I THE SIOUX WARNING 1

II THE NARROW ESCAPE 25

III THE LITTLE GIANT 53

IV THE FLIGHT 84

V THE WHITE DOME 111

VI THE OUTLAW 134

VII THE BEAVER HUNTER

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CONTENTS

CHAPTER PAGE

I THE SIOUX WARNING 1

II THE NARROW ESCAPE 25

III THE LITTLE GIANT 53

IV THE FLIGHT 84

V THE WHITE DOME 111

VI THE OUTLAW 134

VII THE BEAVER HUNTER 157

VIII THE MOUNTAIN RAM 177

IX THE BUFFALO MARCH 199

X THE WAR CLUB'S FALL 229

XI THE YOUNG SLAVE 246

XII THE CAPTIVE'S RISE 266

XIII THE REWARD OF MERIT 290

XIV THE DREADFUL NIGHT 315



THE GREAT SIOUX TRAIL




CHAPTER I

THE SIOUX WARNING


The scene cast a singular spell, uncanny and exciting, over young
Clarke. The sweep of plains on one side, and on the other the dim
outline of mountains behind which a blood-red sun was sinking, gave it a
setting at once majestic and full of menace. The horizon, as the
twilight spread over its whole surface, suggested the wilderness, the
unknown and many dangers.

The drama passing before his eyes deepened and intensified his feeling
that he was surrounded by the unusual. The fire burned low, the creeping
dusk reached the edge of the thin forest to the right, and soon, with
the dying of the flames, it would envelop the figures of both Sioux and
soldiers. Will's gaze had roved from one to another, but now it remained
fixed upon the chief, who was speaking with all the fire, passion and
eloquence so often characteristic of the great Indian leaders. He was
too far away to hear the words, as only the officers of the troop were
allowed at the conference, but he knew they were heavy with import, and
the pulses in his temples beat hard and fast.

"Who is the Indian chief?" he said to Boyd, the scout and hunter, who
stood by his side. "He seems to be a man."

"He is," replied Boyd with emphasis. "He's a man, and a great man, too.
That's Red Cloud, the war chief of the Ogalala Sioux, Mahpeyalute, they
call him in their language, one of the bravest warriors that ever lived,
and a thinker, as well. If he'd been born white he'd be governor of a
big state by this time, and later on he might become president of 'em
all."

"I've heard of him. He's one of our most dangerous enemies."

"So he is, Will. It's because he thinks we're going to spread over the
Sioux country--in which he's right--and not because he hates us as men.
I've known him in more peaceful times, and we've done each other good
turns, but under that black hair of his beats a brain that can look far
ahead and plan. He means to close to us the main trail through the Sioux
country, and the Sioux range running halfway across the continent, and
halfway from Canada to Mexico. Mountain and plain alike are theirs."

"I can't keep from having a certain sympathy with him, Jim. It's but
natural that they should want to keep the forests and the great buffalo
ranges."

Product Details

BN ID:
2940013269927
Publisher:
SAP
Publication date:
10/10/2011
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Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
229 KB

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