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The Keepers of the Trail

Joseph A. Altsheler

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .and it's the smoke that comes out of a pipe."

"I smell it too. It's straight ahead. It must be one of the officers. We'll have to be slow and mighty particular. There's a big moon and all the stars are out."

The night, as if to atone for the one that had gone before, was particularly brilliant. The dripping woods were luminous with silvery moonlight and the three used every tree and bush as they approached the point from which the tobacco smoke came. The woods were so dense there that they heard the men before they saw them. It was first a hum of voices and then articulated words.

"It seems that these forest expeditions are not to be taken lightly, Wyatt," said a heavy growling voice.

"No, Colonel Alloway," Braxton Wyatt replied in smooth tones. "There are no roads in the wilderness. If we want one we'll have to make it. It's the cannon that hold us back."

"The Indians could move fast without them."

"Yes, sir, but w. . . Read More

Community Reviews

This is the third volume of the Young Trailers series, through which I am revisiting my childhood, as Altsheler was one of my favorite authors. Although there may be too much conversation among the characters for contemporary tastes, I still found the book interesting and worthwhile reading for its

When i was a kid my goal was to read all the books in our community library from A-Z. So I came across the Altsheler books at a fairly young age. They were still available back then (late 1950s) on the library shelf. Now they are probably buried in the stacks. It turns out my Dad loved these stories