By Elia Wilkinson Peattie
Elia Wilkinson Peattie used to be a prolific fiction author who exact her stories as a lady within the West in dozens of essays, brief tales, and novels. In "A Mountain Woman," Peattie supplies us the unique story of a worldly ny urban architect who marries a country yet eminently sensible lady from the mountains of Colorado and brings her again to the East to mingle with excessive society. [C:\Users\Microsoft\Documents\Calibre Library]
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Outside stood his pony panting from its terrific exertions. Henderson had not seen her before for six weeks. Now he stared at Information prepared by the Project Gutenberg legal advisor 33 her with frightened eyes. "What is it? " he cried. " At least afterward, thinking it over as she worked by day or tossed in her narrow bunk at night, it seemed to Catherine that those were the words he spoke. Yet she could never feel sure; nothing in his manner after that justified the impassioned anxiety of his manner in those first few uncertain moments; for a second later he saw the body of his friend and learned the little that Catherine knew.
She was alive -- just barely alive -- when Gillispie and Henderson got there, three hours later, the very balls of their eyes almost frozen into blindness. But for an instinct stronger than reason they would never have been able to have found their way across that trackless stretch. The chil- dren lying unconscious under their coverings were neither dead nor actually frozen, al- though the men putting their hands on their little hearts could not at first discover the beating. Stiff and suffering as these young fellows were, it was no easy matter to get the window back into place and re-light the fire.
A cry answered her, -- a cry of dull pain from the baby. Henderson dropped on his knees beside her. "They are all safe," he said. "And we will never leave you again. I have been afraid to tell you how I love you. I thought I might offend you. I thought I ought to wait -- you know why. But I will never let you run the risks Information prepared by the Project Gutenberg legal advisor 35 of this awful life alone again. You must rename the baby. From this day his name is John. And we will have the three Johns again back at the old ranch.