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(without typos) from the publisher. 1899. Excerpt: ... THE
NAULAHKA. A STORY OF WEST AND EAST. CHAPTER I. There was a strife
'twixt man and maid -- 0 that was at the birth o' time But what
befell 'twixt man and maid, O that's beyond the grip o' rhyme.
'Twas: "Sweet, I must not bide wi' you," And: "Love, I canna bide
alone"; For baith were young, and baith were true, And baith were
hard as the nether stone.* Auchinleck's Side. Nicholas Tarvin sat
in the moonlight on the unrailed bridge that crossed the
irrigating-ditch above Topaz, dangling his feet over the stream. A
brown, sad-eyed little woman sat beside him, staring quietly at the
moon. She was tanned with the tan of the girl who does not mind
wind and rain and sun, and her eyes were sad with the settled
melancholy of eyes that know big mountains, and seas of plain, and
care, and life. The women of the West shade such eyes under their
hands at sunset in their cabin doors, scanning those hills or B *
Copyright, 1892, by Macmillan & Co. 1 those grassless, treeless
plains for the home-coming of their "men-.. A hard life is always
hardest for the DEGREES woman." * -Jyatie "Sheriff had lived with
her face to the west an"d with her smouldering eyes fixed upon the
wilderness since she could walk. She had advanced into the
wilderness with the railroad. Until she had gone away to school she
had never lived where the railroad ran both ways. She had often
stayed long enough at the end of a section with her family to see
the first glimmering streaks of the raw dawn of civilization,
usually helped out by the electric light; but in the new and still
newer lands to which her father's civil-engineering orders called
them from year to year there were not even arc lamps. There was a
saloon under a tent, and there was the section-house, where they
lived, and where her mother ha...
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