Henry P. But whence do most of them derive their inspi ration?
Certainly not from nature. The toils and privations which are the certain and continuous daily incidents of such a life are usu ally glozed over or ignored altogether, while purely imaginary, or at best very infrequent, cases of good-fortune are grouped together and follow one another as though of every-day occurrence. The impression so produced on the minds of the young is an absolutely false impression.
That it is pernicious as well, the police records of every large city bear witness. Hardly a week passes in which lads, beguiled by such books, are not arrested on their way to kill Ind ians and hunt buffaloes in the far West.
This book is the outcome of a suggestion that a story truthfully portraying the actual life of the hunter and trapper would be time ly. The author has succeeded or failed in his purpose, in the exact proportion in which he succeeds or fails in impressing on the minds of his readers the truth that a special education is as necessaryto a life in the wilderness as it is to navigate that other wilderness-the boundless ocean.
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They braved the elements in search of the skins of beavers and other wild animals, to sell or barter for goods. The lifestyle of the mountain men could be harsh, existing as they did among animals, and spending most of their days and nights living and camping out in the great unexplored wilds of the Rockies.
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He has worked as a circus clown, teacher, cabaret artist, actor, director, shepherd, and playwright. He lives in New York City.
- Zinnoberrot (German Edition).
- There (On the Otherside Book 2).
- The MeatEater Fish and Game Cookbook: Recipes and Techniques for Every Hunter and Angler.
- Out of Left Field (Deadlines & Diamonds, #3).