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Title: The Lady of Big Shanty Author: Frank Berkeley Smith Release Date: July 22, 2004 [EBook #12989] Language: English Character set encoding: ASCII *** START OF THIS PROJECT GUTENBERG EBOOK THE LADY OF BIG SHANTY *** Produced by Juliet Sutherland, Daniel Watkins and the Online Distributed Proofreading Team. The Lady of Big Shanty By F.
BERKELEY SMITH 1909 TO THE READER This story, written by a man who has passed many years of his life in the Adirondack woods, strikes a note not often sounded--the power of the primeval over the human mind. Once abandoned in the wilderness, wholly dependent upon what can be wrested from its clutch to prolong existence, all the ordinary standards and ambitions of life become as naught: for neither love, hatred, revenge, honour, money, jewels, or social success will bring a cup of water, a handful of corn or a coal of fire.
Under this torture Nature once more becomes king and man again an atom; his judgment clarified, his heart stripped naked, his soul turned inside out.
The untamed, mighty, irresistible primitive is now to be reckoned with, and a lie will no longer serve. Such is the power of the primeval, and for the unique way in which it has been treated between these covers, the father takes off his hat to the son. F.
HOPKINSON SMITH. _September_, 1909. Tue Apr 04 21:36:34 2017 2 THE LADY OF BIG SHANTY CHAPTER ONE It was the luncheon hour, and The Players was crowded with its members; not only actors, but men of every profession, from the tall, robust architect to the quiet surgeon tucked away among the cushions of the corner divan.
In the hall--giving sound advice, perhaps, t...

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