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The Mascot of Sweet Briar Gulch
Wild flowers, trees in profuse leaf, and mats of vines covered the scarred earth, and the sky was as limpid as spring water; the air carried a weight of heart-stirring odors, yet Jim Felton, sitting on the door-step of his cabin in the brilliant sunshine, was not a happy man. 2 He looked at the hollow of the gulch and cursed it manfully and bitterly. The gold should be thereJim had figured it all out. The old wash cut at right angles to the creek, and at the turn was where its freight of yellow metal should have been deposited, but when you got down to the bed-rock, the blasted stuff was either slanted so nothing could stay on it, or was rottencrumbling in your fingers, and that kind of bed will hold nothing. When a man is alone, and thinks things are wrong, optimism comes down on the run, the shades of pessimism gather fast and furiousmore especially if a man does his own cooking, and the raw material is limited, at that. The sun had not moved the shadows three inches before Jim had reached the conclusion that this world was all a practical joke, of so low an order that no sensible man would even laugh at it, and he drew a letter from his pocket in proof thereof. It was a thin letter, written on delicate paper in a delicate hand, and it showed much wear. He read for the thousandth time: 4 ......Buy Now (To Read More)
Ebook Number: 25809
Author: Phillips, Henry Wallace
Release Date: Jun 16, 2008
Illustrator: Cootes, F. Graham
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