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A Little Norsk; Or, Ol' Pap's Flaxen by Garland

A LITTLE NORSK

OR

OL' PAP'S FLAXEN

By

HAMLIN GARLAND

AUTHOR OF MAIN TRAVELED ROADS, A MEMBER OF THE THIRD HOUSE, A SPOIL OF OFFICE, JASON EDWARDS, ETC.

NEW YORK D. APPLETON AND COMPANY 1892

Copyright, 1892, By D. APPLETON AND COMPANY.

Printed at the Appleton Press, U.S.A.

On the Plain.

_My cabin cowers in the pathless sweep Of the terrible northern blast; Above its roof the wild clouds leap And shriek as they hurtle past. The snow-waves hiss along the plain, Like spectral wolves they stretch and strain And race and ramp--with hissing beat, Like stealthy tread of myriad feet, I hear them pass; upon the roof The icy showers swirl and rattle; At times the moon, from storms aloof, Shines white and wan within the room-- Then swift clouds drive across the light And all the plain is lost to sight, The cabin rocks, and on my palm The sifted snow falls, cold and calm._

_God! What a power is in the wind! I lay my cheek to the cabin side To feel the weight of his giant hands-- A speck, a fly in the blasting tide Of streaming, pitiless, icy sands; A single heart with its feeble beat-- A mouse in the lion's throat-- A swimmer at sea--a sunbeam's mote In the grasp of a tempest of hail and sleet!_

Contents.

PAGE

CHAPTER I. Her Adoptive Parents 1

CHAPTER II. Her First Trip in a Blizzard 9

CHAPTER III. The Burial of her Dead Mother 22

CHAPTER IV. Flaxen Adopts Anson as "Pap" 32

CHAPTER V. Flaxen Becomes Indispensable to the Two Old Bachelors 38

CHAPTER VI. A Question of Dress 46

CHAPTER VII. After Harvest 69

CHAPTER VIII. An Empty House 78

CHAPTER IX. "Baching" it Again 86


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