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Fri Mar 31 02:42:28 2017 1 The Project Gutenberg EBook of The Land of Little Rain, by Mary Austin This eBook is for the use of anyone anywhere at no cost and with almost no restrictions whatsoever.
You may copy it, give it away or re-use it under the terms of the Project Gutenberg License included with this eBook or online at www.gutenberg.org Title: The Land of Little Rain Author: Mary Austin Release Date: July 6, 2008 [EBook #365] Language: English Character set encoding: ASCII *** START OF THIS PROJECT GUTENBERG EBOOK THE LAND OF LITTLE RAIN *** Produced by Judith Boss THE LAND OF LITTLE RAIN by Mary Austin TO EVE -The Comfortress of Unsuccess- CONTENTS Preface The Land of Little Rain Water Trails of the Ceriso The Scavengers The Pocket Hunter Shoshone Land Jimville--A Bret Harte Town My Neighbor’s Field The Mesa Trail The Basket Maker The Streets of the Mountains Water Borders Other Water Borders Nurslings of the Sky The Little Town of the Grape Vines PREFACE I confess to a great liking for the Indian fashion of name-giving: every Fri Mar 31 02:42:28 2017 2 man known by that phrase which best expresses him to whoso names him. Thus he may be Mighty-Hunter, or Man-Afraid-of-a-Bear, according as he is called by friend or enemy, and Scar-Face to those who knew him by the eye’s grasp only.
No other fashion, I think, sets so well with the various natures that inhabit in us, and if you agree with me you will understand why so few names are written here as they appear in the geography.
For if I love a lake known by the name of the man who discovered it, which endears itself by reason of the close-locked pines it nourishes about its borders, you may look in my account to find it so described.
But if the Indians have been there before me, you shall have their name, which is always beautifully fit and does not originate in the poor human desire for perpetuity. Nevertheless there are certain peaks, canons, and clear meadow spaces which are above all compass...





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