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A Little Brother to the Bear and other Animal Stor

_A Little Brother To The Bear_

_William J. Long_

[Illustration: BOOKS BY _WILLIAM-J-LONG_ _A Little Brother to the Bear_ _FOLLOWING THE DEER_ SCHOOL OF THE WOODS BEASTS OF THE FIELD FOWLS OF THE AIR WAYS OF WOOD FOLK WOOD FOLK AT SCHOOL WILDERNESS WAYS SECRETS OF THE WOODS]

_A Little Brother to the Bear_

[Illustration: "A fierce battle in the tree-tops"]

[Illustration: _A Little Brother to the Bear and other Animal Studies_

_BY William J Long_

_Author of_ _School of the Woods_ _Beasts of the Field_ _Fowls of the Air_ _Wood Folk Series_ _etc._

_Illustrated by Charles Copeland_

_Boston U.S.A. and London_

_GINN AND COMPANY THE ATHENAEUM PRESS 1903_]

ENTERED AT STATIONERS' HALL

COPYRIGHT, 1903 BY WILLIAM J. LONG

ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

_To Lois, who likes Bears, I dedicate this book of the Bear and his little brother._

_PREFACE_

_The object of this little book, so far as it has an object beyond that of sharing a simple pleasure of mine with others, will be found in the first chapter, entitled "The Point of View"; and the title will be explained in the chapter on "A Little Brother to the Bear" that follows._

_All the sketches here are reproduced from my own note-books largely, or from my own memory, and the observations cover a period of some thirty years,--from the time when I first began to prowl about the home woods with a child's wonder and delight to my last hard winter trip into the Canadian wilderness. Some of the chapters, like those of the Woodcock and the Coon, represent the characteristics of scores of animals and birds of the same species; others, like those of the Bear and Eider-Duck in "Animal Surgery," represent the acute intelligence of certain individual animals that nature seems to have lifted enormously above the level of their fellows; and in a single case--that of the Toad--I have, for the story's sake, gathered into one creature the habits of four or five of these humble little helpers of ours that I have watched at different times and in different places._

_The queer names herein used for beasts and birds are those given by the Milicete Indians, and represent usually some sound or suggestion of the creatures themselves. Except where it is plainly stated otherwise, all the incidents and observations have passed under my own eyes and have been confirmed later by other observers. In the records, while holding closely to the facts, I have simply tried to make all these animals as interesting to the reader as they were to me when I discovered them._

_WM. J. LONG._

_Stamford, September, 1903._

CONTENTS

THE POINT OF VIEW

A LITTLE BROTHER TO THE BEAR

WHITOOWEEK THE HERMIT

A WOODCOCK GENIUS

WHEN UPWEEKIS GOES HUNTING

K'DUNK THE FAT ONE


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