Northern Lights by Gilbert Parker Page 1 of 346

CONTENTS

INTRODUCTION
NOTE

A LODGE IN THE WILDERNESS
ONCE AT RED MAN"S RIVER
THE STROBE OF THE HOUR
BUCKMASTER"S BOY
TO-MORROW
QU"APPELLE
THE STAKE AND THE PLUMB-LINE
WHEN THE SWALLOWS HOMEWARD FLY
GEORGE"S WIFE
MARCILE
A MAN, A FAMINE, AND A HEATHEN BOY
THE HEALING SPRINGS AND THE PIONEERS
THE LITTLE WIDOW OF JANSEN
WATCHING THE RISE OF ORION
THE ERROR OF THE DAY
THE WHISPERER
AS DEEP AS THE SEA


INTRODUCTION

This book, Northern Lights, belongs to an epoch which is a generation later than that in which Pierre and His People moved. The conditions under which Pierre and Shon McGann lived practically ended with the advent of the railway.

From that time forwards, with the rise of towns and cities accompanied by an amazing growth of emigration, the whole life lost much of that character of isolation and pathetic loneliness which marked the days of Pierre.

When, in 1905, I visited the Far West again after many years, and saw the strange new life with its modern episode, energy, and push, and realised that even the characteristics which marked the period just before the advent, and just after the advent, of the railway were disappearing, I determined to write a series of stories which would catch the fleeting characteristics and hold something of the old life, so adventurous, vigorous, and individual, before it passed entirely and was forgotten.



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