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Back to God's Country and Other Stories

By Curwood, James Oliver

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Title: Back to God's Country and Other Stories  
Author: Curwood, James Oliver
Language: English
Subject: Literature, Literature & thought, Writing.
Collections: Blackmask Online Collection
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Excerpt: BACK TO GOD?S COUNTRY. When Shan Tung, the long?cued Chinaman from Vancouver, started up the Frazer River in the old days when the Telegraph Trail and the headwaters of the Peace were the Meccas of half the gold?hunting population of British Columbia, he did not foresee tragedy ahead of him. He was a clever man, was Shan Tung, a cha?sukeed, a very 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 therefore it was the longest cue in British Columbia. The cue and the dog formed the combination which set the forty?year fuse of romance and tragedy burning. Shan Tung started for the El Dorados early in the winter, and Tao alone pulled his sledge and outfit. It was no more than an ordinary task for the monstrous Great Dane, and Shan Tung subserviently but with hidden triumph passed outfit after outfit exhausted by the way. He had reached Copper Creek Camp, which was boiling and frothing with the excitement of gold?maddened men, and was congratulating himself that he would soon be at the camps west of the Peace, when the thing happened.

Table of Contents
Table of Contents: Back to God's Country and Other Stories, 1 -- James Oliver Curwood, 1 -- BACK TO GOD'S COUNTRY, 1 -- THE YELLOW?BACK, 17 -- THE FIDDLING MAN, 29 -- L'ANGE, 39 -- THE CASE OF BEAUVAIS, 42 -- THE OTHER MAN'S WIFE, 46 -- THE STRENGTH OF MEN, 50 -- THE MATCH, 58 -- THE HONOR OF HER PEOPLE, 65 -- BUCKY SEVERN, 73 -- HIS FIRST PENITENT, 76 -- PETER GOD, 79 -- THE MOUSE, 93


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