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Under the Redwoods

Bret Harte

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .other blows—but alas! they were slower, and if possible feebler!

"Have they got another cripple to work?" roared the Contingent in one furious voice.

"No—it's a woman—a little one—yes! a girl. Hello! Why, sure as you live, it's Delaware!"

A spontaneous cheer burst from the Contingent, partly as a rebuke to Sparrell, I think, partly from some shame over their previous rage. He could take it as he liked.

Still the blows went on distressingly slow. The girls were hoisted on the men's shoulders; the men were half submerged. Then there was a painful pause; then a crumbling crash. Another cheer went up from the canyon.

"It's down! straight across the trail," shouted Fairfax, "and a part of the bank on the top of it."

There was another moment of suspense. Would it hold or be carried away by the momentum of the flood? It held! In a few moments Fairfax again gave voice to the cheering news. . . Read More

Community Reviews

Ten tales, eight of which bring to life the fledgling California of the mid-19th century, peopled with miners, gamblers, loners, criminals, spirited gals and newspapermen - the job that Harte himself did in the place he wrote extensively about.

Matter of fact, many of these stories come across as fic