Back to God's Country and Other Stories
BACK TO GOD S COUNTRY BACK TO GOD S COUNTRY AND OTHER STORIES BY JAMES OLIVER CURWOOD CONTENTS PAGE BACK TO GOD S COUNTRY . . . . w ., . THE YELLOW-BACK . .amplt ri . 54 THE FIDDLING MAN L ANGE . . 107 THE CASE OF BEAUVAIS 79 115 THE OTHER MAN S WIFE 128 THE STRENGTH OF MEN 137 THEMATCH 160 THE HONOR OF HER PEOPLE 179 BUCKY SEVERN 203 His FIRST PENITENT .i . . . 209 PETER GOD ..... w ...... 220 THEMOUSE 252 BACK TO GOD S COUNTRY BACK TO GOD S COUNTRY WHEN Shan Tung, the long-cued Chinaman from Vancouver, started up the Frazer Kiver in the old days when the Telegraph Trail and the headwaters of the Peace were the Meccas of half the gold-hunt ing population of British Columbia, he did not fore see tragedy ahead of him. He was a clever man, was Shan Tung, a cha-sukeed, a veiy devil in the collecting of gold, and far-seeing. But he could not look forty years into the future, and when Shan Tung set off into the north, that winter, he was in reality touching fire to the end of a fuse that was to burn through four decades before the explosion came. With Shan Tung went Tao, a Great Dane. The Chinaman had picked him up somewhere on the coast and had trained him as one trains a horse. Tao was the biggest dog ever seen about the Height of Land, the most powerful, and at times the most terrible. Of two things Shan Tung was enormously proud in his silent and mysterious oriental way of Tao, the dog, and of his long, shining cue which fell to the crook of his knees when he let it down. It had been the longest cue in Vancouver, and there- 9
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