Not only an interesting novel, but a great ethnological work with insight into Indian life, lore and character. The story grows ore powerful as it progresses and its pictures of Tahante and his devoted love are pathetic in the extreme, and as true to Indian nature as art can make them.
en they repent, and one night in seven the fire is lit on the hills by the villages, that the earth-born god, Po-se-yemo, may see it if he should come, and may see that his people are faithful and are waiting for him to come.
"Because of the day when the god came, and they turned him away for that his robe was poor, and his feet were bare;--because of that day, no poor person is turned hungry from the door of that people. And the old men say this is because the god may come any day from the South, and may come again as a poor man.
"And this was told to us by the Te-hua men when we went for seed corn in that starving time, and were not sent away empty. Aliksai!"
The men drew long breaths of awe and approval when the story was ended. The old man who had found the girl knew that the girl had found friends.
But the mysterious coincidence of her coming as the rain came--and from the south--and the fair child!
Again the man who had been a prisoner with the Apaches was ask