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Our Little Swiss Cousin by Wade

Carl kept repeating to himself


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Boston L. C. Page & Company _MDCCCCIII_

_Copyright, 1903_

BY L. C. PAGE & COMPANY

(INCORPORATED)

_All rights reserved_

Published, July, 1903 _Fourth Impression, December, 1906_

Colonial Press Electrotyped and Printed by C. H. Simonds & Co. Boston, Mass., U. S. A.

Preface

IN the very heart of Europe lies a small country nestling among the mountains. It is unlike any other in the world. Its people speak four different languages; they believe in different religions; the government is not alike in different parts; yet the Swiss states are bound together by a bond stronger than unity of language or creed can possibly make.

Our brave Swiss cousins believe in liberty for all and brotherly love. These make the most powerful of ties.

In their mountains and valleys they have fought against the enemies who would have destroyed them, and the tyrants who would have made them slaves. They have driven out their foes again and again, for their cause was noble and unselfish, and to-day the republic formed

by them can teach other countries many wise and worthy lessons.

How the stories of William Tell and Arnold von Winkelried stir our hearts whenever we hear them repeated! These were only two of many heroes who have made the country famous for its bravery and unselfishness.

Surely we shall be glad to turn our minds for a while to its fertile valleys, beautiful lakes, and the noble mountains among which the good monks live with their trusty dogs, that they may give aid and comfort to unfortunate travellers overtaken by cold and storm.

Contents

CHAPTER PAGE I. CARL'S HOLIDAY 9 II. THE MOUNTAIN PASTURE 27 III. THE SCHOOLMASTER'S VISIT 43 IV. THE BRAVE ARCHER 51 V. THE HAYMAKERS 63 VI. THE MARMOT 76 VII. GLACIER AND AVALANCHE 92 VIII. SANTA CLAUS NIGHT 105 IX. THE WONDERFUL ABBEY 110

List of Illustrations

PAGE CARL _Frontispiece_ THE CHALET 30 "'FOLLOWING ITS MASTER ABOUT JUST LIKE A DOG'" 49 CLIMBING THE MATTERHORN 79 "IT WAS A RIVER OF SOLID ICE!" 95 ON THE LAKE 121

Our Little Swiss Cousin

CHAPTER I.

CARL'S HOLIDAY

"TO-MORROW, to-morrow!" Carl kept repeating to himself.

He was standing at the window of the little cottage and looking out toward the great mountain. He had lived under its shadow all his life. Its snowy summit was coloured a fiery red as it stood against the sky in the sunset light. People in far-away lands would give a great deal to see such a glorious sight.


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