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(without typos) from the publisher. 1908. Not illustrated. Excerpt:
... slabs of stone had been clawed up by mighty hands. Worms and
snails and all the damp clammy things that cling to the cold dark
between stone and earth had been gobbled up by some greedy forager.
In the trenched ravines crossed by the trappers lay many a hidden
forest of cottonwood or poplar or willow. Here was refuge, indeed,
for the wandering creatures of the treeless prairie that rolled
away from the tops of the cliffs. Many secrets could be read from
the clustered woods of the ravines. The other hunters might look
for the fresh nibbled alder bush where a busy beaver had been
laying up store for winter, or detect the blink of a russet ear
among the seared foliage betraying a deer, or wonder what
flesh-eater had caught the poor jack rabbit just outside his
shelter of thorny brush. The hawk soaring and dropping--lilting and
falling and lifting again--might mean that a little mink was
"playing dead" to induce the bird to swoop down so that the vampire
beast could suck the hawk's blood, or that the hawk was watching
for an unguarded moment to plunge down with his talons in a poor
"foolhen's" feathers. These things might interest the others. They
did not interest Ba'tiste. Ba'tiste's eyes were for lairs of grass
crushed so recently that the spear leaves were even now rising; for
holes in the black mould where great ripping claws had been tearing
up roots; for hollow logs and rotted stumps where a black bear
might have crawled to take his afternoon siesta; for punky trees
which a grisly might have torn open to gobble ants' eggs; for
scratchings down the bole of poplar or eottonwood where some
languid bear had been sharpening his claws in midsummer as a cat
will scratch chair-legs; for great pits deep in the clay banks,
where some silly badger or gopher ran do...
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Agnes Christina Laut
||246 x 189 x 2mm (L x W x T)
||Paperback - Trade
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