I A BREATH OF PRAIRIE
II THE DOMINANT IMPULSE
III THE STUFF OF HEROES
IV ARCADIA IN AVERNUS
V JOURNEY'S END
VI A PRAIRIE IDYL
VII THE MADNESS OF WHISTLING WINGS
VIII A FRONTIER ROMANCE: A TALE OF JUMEL MANSION
IX THE CUP THAT O'ERFLOWED: AN OUTLINE
XI THE TOUCH HUMAN
XII A DARK HORSE
XIII THE WORTH OF THE PRICE
humor and appreciation of the lighter side of life which, from reading, he had learned to recognize.
Try as he might, he could not recollect even the faint flash of a poor pun coming originally from his parents. Was he to be as they? A feeling of intense repugnance swept over him at the thought--a repugnance unaccountable, and of which he felt much ashamed.
Self-suspicion followed. Was it well for him to read the books and think the thoughts of the past year? He could not escape except by brutally tearing himself by the roots from his parents' lives. It was all so hopelessly selfish on his part!
"True," answered the hot spirit of resentment, "but is it not right that you should think first of Self? Is not individual advancement the first law of Nature? If there is something better, why should you not secure it?"
The innate spirit of independence, the intense passion of pride and equality inborn with the true country-bred, surged warmly through his body until he fairly tingled.