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The Castaways of Pete's Patch

Carroll Watson Rankin

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .ut never in sufficient numbers to make as marked a trail as this—we must certainly investigate this one."

This wider trail led them for perhaps a hundred[29] feet through a dense thicket of shrubbery; then, with a suddenness that was startling, the explorers found themselves in another clearing, about half the size of the first. In it stood a curious structure with a rounded top. It was built of bent strips of wood, covered with large sheets of rough birch bark, bound in place with willow withes, and sewed in spots with buckskin thongs. It was blackened with age and smoke.

"It looks," said Henrietta, "like the top half of a big balloon. And mercy! How horrible it smells."

"What is it?" asked Mabel. "Is it a bear's den? Ugh! I hope Mr. Bear isn't home."

"It's a birch-bark wigwam," replied Mr. Black, "and somebody has occupied it recently. See the bed in the corner?"

Sure enough, there was a bed—some balsam . . . Read More

Community Reviews

Published in 1911, this is a twist on the traditional summer-camping story of those days, when a "camp" usually meant a rich person's summer home with all mod cons and comforts, or adventures in the mountains. Here we have Mr Black, the wealthy Lakeside businessman (we know he's wealthy because he h