9009 James Hopper

ISBN: 9780217423151

Published: January 10th 2012

Paperback

62 pages


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9009  by  James Hopper

9009 by James Hopper
January 10th 2012 | Paperback | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, talking book, mp3, RTF | 62 pages | ISBN: 9780217423151 | 3.67 Mb

This historic book may have numerous typos, missing text or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1908. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... CHAPTER FIFTEEN Three weeks later, limpingMoreThis historic book may have numerous typos, missing text or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1908. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... CHAPTER FIFTEEN Three weeks later, limping along a road a hundred and fifty miles south of the city, John Collins stopped, listened intently with frowning brows, and then, climbing up a bank, crawled into the chaparral and instantly fell asleep.

In three weeks he had gone a hundred and fifty miles in a straight line, but he had travelled probably a thousand--running, trotting, doubling, dodging, ambushing, killing. His goal had been to the east- time and time again he had made a desperate dash for the Sierra, snowcapped in the distance, the Sierra, with its profundity of forest, its intimacy of valleys, its secrecy of meadows, with its running water, its game, its sheep-herders, half-mad with solitude- and each time he had been headed off and slid on farther down the coast.

But this morning he had seen before him a hill-range coming highpeaked to the sea- this was now his goal. From the place where he slept, the land fell off to the south in a broad valley golden-hazed at the bottom with unleafed willows, then rose again iu long elastic jumps to a first crest, tumbled abruptly into a black cafion, and leaped up perpendicularly to a final summit dark with pines and promising of impenetrable recesses. And behind him, to the north, men were hunting. For three weeks he had been pursued as a wild animal, with growing savagery of purpose, with increase of cunning, by greater numbers.

The whole State, aroused, was buzzing about him like a beehive. Hundreds of men, armed as he was, clamoured on his trail. Some had seen him- it was a sudden vision, instantaneous and flitting as the revelation of a photographers flashlight--a grinning mask, a savage eye glinting along a rifle-barrel--and then men died, men with fingers upon triggers, before they could pull a trigger. The...



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