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AS RECORDED BY “KIT”
C. A. STEPHENS
AUTHOR OF “LYNX HUNTING,” “FOX HUNTING,”
“OFF TO THE GEYSERS,” “LEFT ON LABRADOR,”
“ON THE AMAZONS,” ETC., ETC.
HURST & COMPANY
C. A. STEPHENS SERIES
[no pub. date.]
UNLIKE the rest of New England, the whole middle and north-west portions of the State of Maine are still unsettled, — a wilderness of lake, stream, and forest,
“Where the bear roams,
And the wild-cat prowls.”
Our frontispiece is from a drawing of the night camp of a party of four boys who made a trip — an expedition they called it — up into these “wild lands” a short time since.
“Kit,” one of the party, has written out an account of their adventures, which we give in his own words; merely remarking, that his style is some times a little off-hand: some of his opinions, too, are pretty strongly expressed; facts, not to say faults, which our boy-readers are not to adopt too largely. — Ed.
How the Thing started
An Arrival at a Delicate Moment. Mr. Wade Additon, ex-Rebel.
A Shooting-Match. Programme of the Expedition.
Ding-bat the Chinaman
Starting off. The Outfit. On the Pond. The “Dead Growth.” A Lynx. Hornets. The “Thoroughfare.” On the Second Pond.
A Thunder-Gust among the Mountains. A Race to escape a Ducking. “A Mean Skunk.”
The Camp on the “Big Rock.” Hasty-Pudding
The Gorge. A Bear-Path. Another Pond. Water-Snakes. Hawks. Wash as a Naturalist. A Hawk’s Nest. The “Brulé.”
Blue-berries. “Scat! you great-headed Wretch.” A Lynx-Hunt. A Hedge-Hog. Mephitis mephitica
Sunday on the “Brulé.” A “Work of Necessity.” Going Blue-berrying. Bears.
The Wrong Bear killed. An Inexplicable Shot. Bear-Steaks.
The Camp among the Firs. A Goose-Egg. The Reports. An Awful Screeching.
Standing Guard. A Fresh Alarm. A Night of broken Naps. Was it a Catamount? Wash Discourses on Big Cats.
Mountain-Scenery. A Midnight Illumination. The Valley of the West Branch.
A Blasted Tree. Skeletons. A Moose-Yard. Fishing in the West Branch.
Wash scouts ahead, and makes an Agreeable Discovery.
The Old Log-Shanty. Nobody at Home. Rummaging for Supper.
The Hay Shake-Downs. A Nocturnal Scare and Scrimmage. A Wild-cat Hunt
A Tough Old Citizen. “Beelly.” A Voice of Wail. A Hard Case.
Money won’t heal it. Suthin in a Green Bottle.
“Old Cluey” and his Strange Tale of the Pomoola
Katahdin ho! The Shadow of a Tragedy. A Ghastly Omen. Mr. Bowditch’s Spotted Path.
Up the “Great Slide.” Grand Scenery. A Cowberry-Fire. On to the Main-Peak. The Chimney. Perennial Snow
The Northeast Peak. The Beginning of a Long Search. A Meteor, with a Calculation concerning it.
A New Theory of the Earth by a Daring Speculator.
A Long Storm. What Day is it? Fishing for Trout.
The Devil’s Dinner-Pot.
A Caribou. Awful Sick, but not unto Death.
The Deceitful Nymph among the Sumachs.
Washing-Day. A Strange Noise, Cluey takes us on a Moose-Hunt,
and discloses a Novel Method of hunting the Animal.
A Marten. A Fine View. The Logger-Hut on the Pond-Shore.
Old Cluey’s Smelling-Bottle. Fleas. A Wooden Chimney. “Stand from under!” A Close Shave.
The Disappearance of the Shot. Gun. Breaking of “the Oil-Jug.” “Coarks air allus Handy.”
Wade goes on a “‘Coon-Hunt.” A Cry for Help. A Rush to the Rescue.
“Is that You, Fellows?” “A Big Bull-Moose.” “Hit him in the Brisket!”
Out of Coffee. Cluey goes on a Long Tramp.
A Dismal Cry. A Midnight Prowler. The Death of Ding-bat.
Weary of the Expedition. A Chance Discovery which promises well. Breaking it to Raed.
The Expedition not a Failure. Air-Castles. “Heigh, Betty Martin!” Going Home To-morrow
Adieu to Katahdin. The “Head of Chesuncook.” A Long Day’s Tramp.
Farewell to Cluey. Home again, Parting with the Boys. An Author by Lot.