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My First Summer in the Sierra

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In the great Central Valley of California there are only two seasons—spring and summer. The spring begins with the first rainstorm, which usually falls in November. In a few months the wonderful flowery vegetation is in full bloom, and by the end of May it is dead and dry and crisp, as if every plant had been roasted in an oven.

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Ladies on Horseback

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A cowardly rider labours under a two-fold disadvantage, for she not only suffers from her own cowardice, but actually imparts it to her horse. An animal's keen instinct tells him at once whether his master or his servant is upon his back.

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Above the Snow Line

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The fascination of climbing spread abroad, and it followed with the increasing number of mountaineers that more and more difficulties were experienced in attempts to diversify the sport in the Alps alone, and in emerging from the common herd of climbers. Then a new danger arose. The sport grew fashionable--a serious symptom to its true lovers.

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Tom Cringle's Log

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The colonel put his hand on his lips and smiled, and then slapped the young officer who spoke first with his glove."Never mind, boys, I have come to help you here--you will need help before long;--but how is--?" Here he made a comical contortion of his face, and drew his ungloved hand across his throat. The young officers laughed, and pointed to the door.

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The Yacht Club

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The father was like the daughter; and though he was a millionnaire, or a demi-millionnaire--we don't know which, for we were never allowed to look over his taxable valuation--though he was a nabob, he took right hold, and worked with his own hands for the comfort and the recovery of the sufferer. It was creditable to his heart that he did so, and we never grudge.

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The Wonders of the Jungle

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One of the great thinkers of the world has said that all the sciences are embodied in natural history. Hence natural history should be taught to a child from an early age.

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Arizona Sketches

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Arizona Sketches is written by Joseph A. Munk. A stranger on first entering Arizona is impressed with the newness and wildness that surrounds him. Indeed, the change is so great that it seems like going to sleep and waking up in a new world. Everything that he sees is different from the familiar objects of his home, and he is filled with wonder and amazement at the many curious things that are brought to his notice.

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Wilderness Ways

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Wilderness Ways is written by William J. Long. The following sketches, like the "Ways of Wood Folk," are the result of many years of personal observation in the woods and fields. They are studies of animals, pure and simple, not of animals with human motives and imaginations.

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The Story of a Dewdrop

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The Story of a Dewdrop is written by John Ross Macduff. Three birds of very favourable repute in these regions met together one evening--a Thrush, a Lark, and a Nightingale. And all for what purpose, think you? It was a queer one--to hold a solemn conference about a DEWDROP!

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Secret of the Woods

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Secret of the Woods is written by William J. Long. This little book is but another chapter in the shy 'wild life of the fields and woods' of which "Ways of Wood Folk" and "Wilderness Ways " were the beginning. It is given gladly in answer to the call for more from those who have read the previous volumes, and whose letters are full of the spirit of kindness and appreciation.

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