Loves and hates, bravery and cowardice, the first pioneers carried with them in the early days of the opening of the great west. In this vigorous novel Emerson Hough has written a remarkable story of the men and women who, in their "covered wagons," dared the perils and adventures of the Oregon trail. Those days live again in his pages, with the love of Molly Wingate and Will Banion lending a delightful atmosphere of romance.
r might have classed above her parents. They, moving from Kentucky into Indiana, from Indiana into Illinois, and now on to Oregon, never in all their toiling days had forgotten their reverence for the gentlemen and ladies who once were their ancestors east of the Blue Ridge. They valued education--felt that it belonged to them, at least through their children.
Education, betterment, progress, advance--those things perhaps lay in the vague ambitions of twice two hundred men who now lay in camp at the border of our unknown empire. They were all Americans--second, third, fourth generation Americans. Wild, uncouth, rude, unlettered, many or most of them, none the less there stood among them now and again some tall flower of that culture for which they ever hungered; for which they fought; for which they now adventured yet again.
Surely American also were these two young men whose eyes now unconsciously followed Molly Wingate in hot craving even of a morning thus far breakfastless, for the young leader had o