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A Mating in the Wilds by Ottwell Binns

A MATING IN THE WILDS

_BORZOI WESTERN STORIES_

THE CROSS PULL _By Hal G. Evarts_

THE LONG DIM TRAIL _By Forrestine Hooker_

A MATING IN THE WILDS _By Ottwell Binns_

A MATING IN THE WILDS

BY

OTTWELL BINNS

NEW YORK ALFRED A. KNOPF 1920

COPYRIGHT, 1920, BY ALFRED A. KNOPF, INC.

PRINTED IN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

CONTENTS

I THE MAN FROM THE RIVER, 7

II AN ATTACK AT MIDNIGHT, 18

III A LOST GIRL, 31

IV A PIECE OF WRECKAGE, 43

V A BRAVE RESCUE, 56

VI A MYSTERIOUS SHOT, 68

VII STRANDED, 80

VIII A MEETING IN THE FOREST, 95

IX UNDER THE GREENWOOD TREE, 105

X A CANOE COMES AND GOES, 118

XI A FOREST FIRE, 132

XII THE RAFT, 146

XIII A LODGE IN THE WILDERNESS, 158

XIV MYSTERIOUS VISITORS, 172

XV A FACE AT THE TENT-DOOR, 185

XVI AN ARROW OUT OF THE NIGHT, 199

XVII THE ATTACK, 212

XVIII A DEAD GIRL, 225

XIX A HOT TRAIL, 238

XX A PRISONER, 251

XXI CHIGMOK'S STORY, 264

XXII AINLEY'S STORY, 278

XXIII A SURPRISE FOR AINLEY, 292

XXIV THE TRAIL TO PARADISE, 305

CHAPTER I

THE MAN FROM THE RIVER

The man in the canoe was lean and hardy, and wielded the paddle against the slow-moving current of the wide river with a dexterity that proclaimed long practice. His bronzed face was that of a quite young man, but his brown hair was interspersed with grey; and his blue eyes had a gravity incompatible with youth, as if already he had experience of the seriousness of life, and had eaten of its bitter fruits. He was in a gala dress of tanned deerskin, fringed and worked by native hands, the which had quite probably cost him more than the most elegant suit by a Bond Street tailor, and the effect was as picturesque as the heart of a young male could desire. To be in keeping with such gay attire he should have worn a smiling face, and sung some joyous chanson of the old voyageurs, but he neither sang nor smiled; paddling steadily on towards his destination.


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