The Biography of a Prairie Girl

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Century Company, 1902 - Dakota Territory - 320 pages
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Page 267 - He did not know how long he had been asleep when he was awakened by the sound of a chanting voice.
Page 215 - He forgot for a moment the danger to those at home and the terrible loss that, doubtless, had been visited upon them, in the thought of the impending fate of himself and the little girl. "They '11 be plump on us in no time," he muttered, and, kneeling at the dashboard, he renewed his beating.
Page 286 - Your life, like that of every other child on the plains, has had few joys and many little tragedies. They say the city child ages fast; but do they ever think of the wearing sameness and starving of heart that puts years on the country child? Ah!
Page 178 - tell Black Cloud I '11 give him all this for the sick horse— two whole dollars." Again the half-breed turned to the glowering Indian. But this time the evil, dusky face lighted, and, after consulting with the other Indians, he took the bank from Eagle Eye and turned out and counted its contents. "He thanks the white papoose," said Eagle Eye, returning the empty bank to the little girl, "and the pony is yours.
Page 221 - At last, with a shout of joy, the biggest brother made out the farm-house; with an unhappy cry he announced the burning of the stacks. And when the buckboard came still nearer, they could see that the granaries were gone, and that all the sod buildings were roofless and open to the blurred sky, while on every side— the corn-field alone breaking the vista— lay the blackened fields.
Page 168 - he won't read, but I makes him look at his book.' The thwacking went on for some time, when one day the boy was sent on an errand two or three miles, and for a wonder started willingly enough. At night he did not return, nor the next day, nor the next, and it was as clear as possible that he had run away. No one thought of tracking his footsteps, or following up the path he had to take, which passed a railway, brooks, and a canal. He had run away, and he might stop away : it was beautiful summer...
Page 179 - ... making stiff, wild plunges into the air, with arched back and head held low. For the little girl was breaking her to ride ! It was the little girl who broke the horses on the farm to ride. She played with them as colts, and, with her light weight, mounted them long before they were old enough to carry any one heavier, and yet were too old to be swaybacked.
Page 222 - He paused a moment. Before he spoke again he gave a little laugh, and all looked up at him in surprise. "What 's more," he went on, "where 's the caterpillars and cucumberbugs, and the potato-bugs and cabbage lice?
Page 179 - SHRIEKS of laughter from behind the barn, following strange, rapid thumps upon the bare ground, led the three big brothers in that direction one May morning, and, on turning the corner, they found the little girl leaning convulsively against the old straw stack for...
Page 178 - The little girl had been standing by and had heard the conversation. She suddenly started for the house, and, when she came flying back a moment later, she had her tin savings-bank grasped tightly in one fist. Stopping in front of the scout, she held it out to him. "Eagle Eye," she panted, "tell Black Cloud I '11 give him all this for the sick horse— two whole dollars.

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