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The Trail Of The Sword - Epoch The Fourth - Chapter 22. From Tiger's Claw To Lion's Mouth The Trail Of The Sword - Epoch The Fourth - Chapter 22. From Tiger's Claw To Lion's Mouth

The Trail Of The Sword - Epoch The Fourth - Chapter 22. From Tiger's Claw To Lion's Mouth
EPOCH THE FOURTH CHAPTER XXII. FROM TIGER'S CLAW TO LION'S MOUTHEvery nation has its traitors, and there was an English renegade soldier at Quebec. At Iberville's suggestion he was made one of the guards of the prison. It was he that, pretending to let Gering win his confidence, at last aided him to escape through the narrow corner-door of his cell. Gering got free of the citadel--miraculously, as he thought; and, striking off from the road, began to make his way by a roundabout to the St. Charles River at some lonely spot he might find a boat. No alarm... Long Stories - Post by : kkcat - Date : May 2012 - Author : Gilbert Parker - Read : 3304

The Trail Of The Sword - Epoch The Fourth - Chapter 21. An Untoward Messenger The Trail Of The Sword - Epoch The Fourth - Chapter 21. An Untoward Messenger

The Trail Of The Sword - Epoch The Fourth - Chapter 21. An Untoward Messenger
EPOCH THE FOURTH CHAPTER XXI. AN UNTOWARD MESSENGERA few days after this, Jessica, at her home in Boston,--in the room where she had promised her father to be George Gering's wife,--sat watching the sea. Its slow swinging music came up to her through the October air. Not far from her sat an old man, his hands clasping a chair-arm, a book in his lap, his chin sunk on his breast. The figure, drooping helplessly, had still a distinguished look, an air of honourable pride. Presently he raised his head, his drowsy eyes lighted as they rested on her, and he said:... Long Stories - Post by : kkcat - Date : May 2012 - Author : Gilbert Parker - Read : 838

The Trail Of The Sword - Epoch The Fourth - Chapter 20. A Trap Is Set The Trail Of The Sword - Epoch The Fourth - Chapter 20. A Trap Is Set

The Trail Of The Sword - Epoch The Fourth - Chapter 20. A Trap Is Set
EPOCH THE FOURTH CHAPTER XX. A TRAP IS SETGering was tried before Governor Frontenac and the full council. It was certain that he, while a prisoner at Quebec, had sent to Boston plans of the town, the condition of the defences, the stores, the general armament and the approaches, for the letter was intercepted. Gering's defence was straightforward. He held that he had sent the letter at a time when he was a prisoner simply, which was justifiable; not when a prisoner on parole, which was shameless. The temper of the court was against him. Most important was the enmity of... Long Stories - Post by : kkcat - Date : May 2012 - Author : Gilbert Parker - Read : 3207

The Trail Of The Sword - Epoch The Fourth - Chapter 19. Which Tells Of A Brother's Blood Crying From The Ground The Trail Of The Sword - Epoch The Fourth - Chapter 19. Which Tells Of A Brother's Blood Crying From The Ground

The Trail Of The Sword - Epoch The Fourth - Chapter 19. Which Tells Of A Brother's Blood Crying From The Ground
EPOCH THE FOURTH CHAPTER XIX. WHICH TELLS OF A BROTHER'S BLOOD CRYING FROM THE GROUNDTwo men stood leaning against a great gun aloft on the heights of Quebec. The air of an October morning fluttered the lace at their breasts and lifted the long brown hair of the younger man from his shoulders. His companion was tall, alert, bronzed, grey-headed, with an eagle eye and a glance of authority. He laid his hand on the shoulder of the younger man and said: "I am glad you have come, Iberville, for I need you, as I need all your brave family--I could... Long Stories - Post by : kkcat - Date : May 2012 - Author : Gilbert Parker - Read : 2164

The Trail Of The Sword - Epoch The Third - Chapter 18. Maiden No More The Trail Of The Sword - Epoch The Third - Chapter 18. Maiden No More

The Trail Of The Sword - Epoch The Third - Chapter 18. Maiden No More
EPOCH THE THIRD CHAPTER XVIII. MAIDEN NO MOREIt was late mid-summer, and just such an evening as had seen the attempted capture of Jessica Leveret years before. She sat at a window, looking out upon the garden and the river. The room was at the top of the house. It had been to her a kind of play-room when she had visited Governor Nicholls years before. To every woman memory is a kind of religion; and to Jessica as much as to any, perhaps more than to most, for she had imagination. She half sat, half knelt, her elbow on her... Long Stories - Post by : kkcat - Date : May 2012 - Author : Gilbert Parker - Read : 2848

The Trail Of The Sword - Epoch The Third - Chapter 17. The Gift Of A Captive The Trail Of The Sword - Epoch The Third - Chapter 17. The Gift Of A Captive

The Trail Of The Sword - Epoch The Third - Chapter 17. The Gift Of A Captive
EPOCH THE THIRD CHAPTER XVII. THE GIFT OF A CAPTIVEFortune had not been kind to Iberville, but still he kept a stoical cheerfulness. With the pride of a man who feels that he has impressed a woman, and knowing the strength of his purpose, he believed that Jessica should yet be his. Meanwhile matters should not lie still. In those days men made love by proxy, and Iberville turned to De Casson and Perrot. The night before he started for France they sat together in a little house flanking the Chateau St. Louis. Iberville had been speaking. "I know the strength... Long Stories - Post by : kkcat - Date : May 2012 - Author : Gilbert Parker - Read : 2334

The Trail Of The Sword - Epoch The Third - Chapter 14. In Which The Hunters Are Out The Trail Of The Sword - Epoch The Third - Chapter 14. In Which The Hunters Are Out

The Trail Of The Sword - Epoch The Third - Chapter 14. In Which The Hunters Are Out
EPOCH THE THIRD CHAPTER XIV. IN WHICH THE HUNTERS ARE OUTIberville had a good ship. The Maid of Provence carried a handful of guns and a small but carefully chosen crew, together with Sainte-Helene, Perrot, and the lad Maurice Joval, who had conceived for Iberville friendship nigh to adoration. Those were days when the young were encouraged to adventure, and Iberville had no compunction in giving the boy this further taste of daring. Iberville, thorough sailor as he was, had chosen for his captain one who had sailed the Spanish Main. He had commanded on merchant-ships which had been suddenly turned... Long Stories - Post by : kkcat - Date : May 2012 - Author : Gilbert Parker - Read : 3428

The Trail Of The Sword - Epoch The Third - Chapter 13. 'As Water Unto Wine' The Trail Of The Sword - Epoch The Third - Chapter 13. "As Water Unto Wine"

The Trail Of The Sword - Epoch The Third - Chapter 13. 'As Water Unto Wine'
EPOCH THE THIRD CHAPTER XIII. "AS WATER UNTO WINE"Three months afterwards George Gering was joyfully preparing to take two voyages. Perhaps, indeed, his keen taste for the one had much to do with his eagerness for the other--though most men find getting gold as cheerful as getting married. He had received a promise of marriage from Jessica, and he was also soon to start with William Phips for the Spaniards' country. His return to New York with the news of the capture of the Hudson's Bay posts brought consternation. There was no angrier man in all America than Colonel Richard Nicholls;... Long Stories - Post by : kkcat - Date : May 2012 - Author : Gilbert Parker - Read : 606

The Trail Of The Sword - Epoch The Second - Chapter 12. Out Of The Net The Trail Of The Sword - Epoch The Second - Chapter 12. Out Of The Net

The Trail Of The Sword - Epoch The Second - Chapter 12. Out Of The Net
EPOCH THE SECOND CHAPTER XII. OUT OF THE NETThe last two hundred miles of their journey had been made under trying conditions. Accidents had befallen the canoes which carried the food, and the country through which they passed was almost devoid of game. During the last three days they had little or nothing to eat. When, therefore, at night they came suddenly upon the shores of Hudson's Bay, and Fort Hayes lay silent before them, they were ready for desperate enterprises. The high stockade walls with stout bastions and small cannon looked formidable, yet there was no man of them but... Long Stories - Post by : heavyduty - Date : May 2012 - Author : Gilbert Parker - Read : 2900

The Trail Of The Sword - Epoch The Second - Chapter 11. With The Strange People The Trail Of The Sword - Epoch The Second - Chapter 11. With The Strange People

The Trail Of The Sword - Epoch The Second - Chapter 11. With The Strange People
EPOCH THE SECOND CHAPTER XI. WITH THE STRANGE PEOPLEAfter this came varying days of hardship by land and water, and then another danger. One day they were, crossing a great northern lake. The land was moist with the sweat of quick-springing verdure; flocks of wild fowl rose at all points, and herds of caribou came drinking and feeding at the shore. The cries of herons, loons, and river-hens rose with strange distinctness, so delicate was the atmosphere, and the blue of the sky was exquisite. As they paddled slowly along this lake, keeping time to their songs with the paddles, there... Long Stories - Post by : heavyduty - Date : May 2012 - Author : Gilbert Parker - Read : 2898

The Trail Of The Sword - Epoch The Second - Chapter 10. Qui Vive! The Trail Of The Sword - Epoch The Second - Chapter 10. Qui Vive!

The Trail Of The Sword - Epoch The Second - Chapter 10. Qui Vive!
EPOCH THE SECOND CHAPTER X. QUI VIVE!From Land's End to John O' Groat's is a long tramp, but that from Montreal to Hudson's Bay is far longer, and yet many have made it; more, however, in the days of which we are writing than now, and with greater hardships also then. But weighed against the greater hardships there was a bolder temper and a more romantic spirit. How strange and severe a journey it was, only those can tell who have travelled those wastes, even in these later days, when paths have been beaten down from Mount Royal to the lodges... Long Stories - Post by : heavyduty - Date : May 2012 - Author : Gilbert Parker - Read : 665

The Trail Of The Sword - Epoch The Second - Chapter 9. To The Porch Of The World The Trail Of The Sword - Epoch The Second - Chapter 9. To The Porch Of The World

The Trail Of The Sword - Epoch The Second - Chapter 9. To The Porch Of The World
EPOCH THE SECOND CHAPTER IX. TO THE PORCH OF THE WORLDThe English colonies never had a race of woodsmen like the coureurs du bois of New France. These were a strange mixture: French peasants, half-breeds, Canadian-born Frenchmen, gentlemen of birth with lives and fortunes gone askew, and many of the native Canadian noblesse, who, like the nobles of France, forbidden to become merchants, became adventurers with the coureurs du bois, who were ever with them in spirit more than with the merchant. The peasant prefers the gentleman to the bourgeois as his companion. Many a coureur du bois divided his tale... Long Stories - Post by : heavyduty - Date : May 2012 - Author : Gilbert Parker - Read : 2973

The Trail Of The Sword - Epoch The Second - Chapter 8. As Seen Through A Glass, Darkly The Trail Of The Sword - Epoch The Second - Chapter 8. As Seen Through A Glass, Darkly

The Trail Of The Sword - Epoch The Second - Chapter 8. As Seen Through A Glass, Darkly
EPOCH THE SECOND CHAPTER VIII. AS SEEN THROUGH A GLASS, DARKLYWhen King Louis and King James called for peace, they could not know that it was as little possible to their two colonies as between rival buccaneers. New France was full of bold spirits who loved conquest for conquest's sake. Besides, in this case there was a force at work, generally unknown, but as powerful as the convincing influence of an army. Behind the worst and the best acts of Charles II was a woman. Behind the glories and follies of Louis XIV was also a woman. Behind some of the... Long Stories - Post by : heavyduty - Date : May 2012 - Author : Gilbert Parker - Read : 3242

The Trail Of The Sword - Epoch The Second - Chapter 7. Friends In Council The Trail Of The Sword - Epoch The Second - Chapter 7. Friends In Council

The Trail Of The Sword - Epoch The Second - Chapter 7. Friends In Council
EPOCH THE SECONDCHAPTER VII. FRIENDS IN COUNCILMontreal and Quebec, dear to the fortunes of such men as Iberville, were as cheerful in the still iron winter as any city under any more cordial sky then or now: men loved, hated, made and broke bargains, lied to women, kept a foolish honour with each other, and did deeds of valour for a song, as ever they did from the beginning of the world. Through the stern soul of Nature ran the temperament of men who had hearts of summer; and if, on a certain notable day in Iberville's life, one could have... Long Stories - Post by : heavyduty - Date : May 2012 - Author : Gilbert Parker - Read : 2446

The Trail Of The Sword - Epoch The First - Chapter 4. The Uplifting Of The Swords The Trail Of The Sword - Epoch The First - Chapter 4. The Uplifting Of The Swords

The Trail Of The Sword - Epoch The First - Chapter 4. The Uplifting Of The Swords
EPOCH THE FIRST CHAPTER IV. THE UPLIFTING OF THE SWORDSIberville and Gering sat on with the tobacco and the wine. The older men had joined the ladies, the governor having politely asked them to do so when they chose. The other occupant of the room was Morris, who still stood stolidly behind his master's chair. For a time he heard the talk of the two young men as in a kind of dream. Their words were not loud, their manner was amicable enough, if the sharing of a bottle were anything to the point. But they were sitting almost the full... Long Stories - Post by : heavyduty - Date : May 2012 - Author : Gilbert Parker - Read : 825

The Trail Of The Sword - Epoch The First - Chapter 3. The Face At The Window The Trail Of The Sword - Epoch The First - Chapter 3. The Face At The Window

The Trail Of The Sword - Epoch The First - Chapter 3. The Face At The Window
EPOCH THE FIRST CHAPTER III. THE FACE AT THE WINDOWAt the governor's table that night certain ladies and gentlemen assembled to do the envoy honour. There came, too, a young gentleman, son of a distinguished New Englander, his name George Gering, who was now in New York for the first time. The truth is, his visit was to Jessica, his old playmate, the mistress of his boyhood. Her father was in England, her mother had been dead many years, and Colonel Nicholls and his sister being kinsfolk, a whole twelvemonth ago she had been left with them. Her father had thought... Long Stories - Post by : heavyduty - Date : May 2012 - Author : Gilbert Parker - Read : 1354

The Trail Of The Sword - Epoch The First - Chapter 2. The Threat Of A Renegade The Trail Of The Sword - Epoch The First - Chapter 2. The Threat Of A Renegade

The Trail Of The Sword - Epoch The First - Chapter 2. The Threat Of A Renegade
EPOCH THE FIRST CHAPTER II. THE THREAT OF A RENEGADEIberville was used to the society of women. Even as a young lad, his father's notable place in the colony, and the freedom and gaiety of life in Quebec and Montreal, had drawn upon him a notice which was as much a promise of the future as an accent of the present. And yet, through all of it, he was ever better inspired by the grasp of a common soldier, who had served with Carignan-Salieres, or by the greeting and gossip of such woodsmen as Du Lhut, Mantet, La Durantaye, and, most... Long Stories - Post by : heavyduty - Date : May 2012 - Author : Gilbert Parker - Read : 2043

The Trail Of The Sword - Epoch The First - Chapter 1. An Envoy Extraordinary The Trail Of The Sword - Epoch The First - Chapter 1. An Envoy Extraordinary

The Trail Of The Sword - Epoch The First - Chapter 1. An Envoy Extraordinary
EPOCH THE FIRST CHAPTER I. AN ENVOY EXTRAORDINARYOne summer afternoon a tall, good-looking stripling stopped in the midst of the town of New York, and asked his way to the governor's house. He attracted not a little attention, and he created as much astonishment when he came into the presence of the governor. He had been announced as an envoy from Quebec. "Some new insolence of the County Frontenac!" cried old Richard Nicholls, bringing his fist down on the table. For a few minutes he talked with his chamberfellow; then, "Show the gentleman in," he added. In the room without, the... Long Stories - Post by : heavyduty - Date : May 2012 - Author : Gilbert Parker - Read : 1290

The Trail Of The Sword - Preface The Trail Of The Sword - Preface

The Trail Of The Sword - Preface
WHEREIN IS SET FORTH THE HISTORY OF JESSICA LEVERET, AS ALSO THAT OF PIERRE LE MOYNE OF IBERVILLE, GEORGE GERING, AND OTHER BOLD SPIRITS; TOGETHER WITH CERTAIN MATTERS OF WAR, AND THE DEEDS OF ONE EDWARD BUCKLAW, MUTINEER AND PIRATE DEDICATION My Dear Father: Once, many years ago, in a kind of despair, you were impelled to say that I would "never be anything but a rascally lawyer." This, it may be, sat upon your conscience, for later you turned me gravely towards Paley and the Thirty-nine Articles; and yet I know that in your deepest soldier's heart, you really pictured... Long Stories - Post by : heavyduty - Date : May 2012 - Author : Gilbert Parker - Read : 2559

The Right Of Way - Chapter 61. The Cure Speaks The Right Of Way - Chapter 61. The Cure Speaks

The Right Of Way - Chapter 61. The Cure Speaks
CHAPTER LXI. THE CURE SPEAKSThe Cure stood with his back to the ruins of the church, at his feet two newly made graves, and all round, with wistful faces, crowds of reverent habitants. A benignant sorrow made his voice in perfect temper with the pensive striving of this latest day of spring. At the close of his address he said: "I owe you much, my people. I owe him more, for it was given him, who knew not God, to teach us how to know Him better. For his past, it is not given you to know. It is hidden in... Long Stories - Post by : heavyduty - Date : May 2012 - Author : Gilbert Parker - Read : 1058