The Blazed Trail

The Blazed Trail

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The Blazed Trail by Stewart Edward White

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The Blazed Trail

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A wholesome story with gleams of humor, telling of a young man who blazed his way to fortune through the heart of the Michigan pines. Based on White's experiences as a lumberjack in the north woods of Michigan.

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mackinaw, sombrero, or broadcloth. The woods are there, the plains, the rivers. Snow is there, and the line of the prairie. Mountain peaks and still pine forests have impressed themselves subtly; so that when we turn to admire his unconsciously graceful swing, we seem to hear the ax biting the pine, or the prospector's pick tapping the rock. And in his eye is the capability of quiet humor, which is just the quality that the surmounting of many difficulties will give a man.

Like the nature he has fought until he understands, his disposition is at once kindly and terrible. Outside the subtleties of his calling, he sees only red. Relieved of the strenuousness of his occupation, he turns all the force of the wonderful energies that have carried him far where other men would have halted, to channels in which a gentle current makes flood enough. It is the mountain torrent and the canal. Instead of pleasure, he seeks orgies. He runs to wild excesses of drinking, fighting, and carousing--which would frighten m

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White wrote Wild Geese Calling, one of my all-time favorites.
Blazed Trail starts fine, but in the second half becomes overly melodramatic and slides into worship of the "strong man" who is saved by love at the last minute. Gets plenty of help from his friends, as well.

Plenty of interest for the lumberjack, though, so still worth a look.