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The Rainbow Trail by Zane Grey

The Rainbow Trail by Zane Grey

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The Project Gutenberg EBook of The Rainbow Trail, by Zane Grey 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 Rainbow Trail Author: Zane Grey Release Date: February, 2004 [EBook #5067] Posting Date: May 31, 2009 Language: English *** START OF THIS PROJECT GUTENBERG EBOOK THE RAINBOW TRAI
The Project Gutenberg EBook of The Rainbow Trail, by Zane Grey 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 Rainbow Trail Author: Zane Grey Release Date: February, 2004 [EBook #5067] Posting Date: May 31, 2009 Language: English *** START OF THIS PROJECT GUTENBERG EBOOK THE RAINBOW TRAI

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The Project Gutenberg EBook of The Rainbow Trail, by Zane GreyThis eBook is for the use of anyone anywhere at no cost and withalmost no restrictions whatsoever. You may copy it, give it away orre-use it under the terms of the Project Gutenberg License includedwith this eBook or online at www.gutenberg.orgTitle: The Rainbow TrailAuthor: Zane GreyRelease Date: February, 2004 [EBook #5067]Posting Date: May 31, 2009Language: English*** START OF THIS PROJECT GUTENBERG EBOOK THE RAINBOW TRAIL ***Produced by Doug LevyTHE RAINBOW TRAIL, a Romanceby ZANE GREY.Transcriber's note:In the original text the words "canyon" and "pinyon" are spelled in theSpanish form, "canon" and "pinon", with tildes above the center "n"s.Since the plain text format precludes the use of tildes, I've changedthese words to the more familiar spelling to make them easier toread.--D.L.CONTENTS.FOREWORDCHAPTER.I. RED LAKE.II. THE SAGI.
 
III. KAYENTA.IV. NEW FRIENDS.V. ON THE TRAIL.VI. IN THE HIDDEN VALLEY.VII. SAGO-LILIES.VIII. THE HOGAN OF NAS TA BEGA.IX. IN THE DESERT CRUCIBLE.X. STONEBRIDGE.XI. AFTER THE TRIAL.XII. THE REVELATION.XIII. THE STORY OF SURPRISE VALLEY.XIV. THE NAVAJO.XV. WILD JUSTICE.XVI. SURPRISE VALLEY.XVII. THE TRAIL TO NONNEZOSHE.XVIII. AT THE FOOT OF THE RAINBOW.XIX. THE GRAND CANYON OF THE COLORADO.XX. WILLOW SPRINGS.EPILOGUEFOREWORDThe spell of the desert comes back to me, as it always will come. I seethe veils, like purple smoke, in the canyon, and I feel the silence. Andit seems that again I must try to pierce both and to get at the strangewild life of the last American wilderness--wild still, almost, as itever was.While this romance is an independent story, yet readers of "Riders ofthe Purple Sage" will find in it an answer to a question often asked.I wish to say also this story has appeared serially in a differentform in one of the monthly magazines under the title of "The DesertCrucible." ZANE GREY.
 
June, 1915.THE RAINBOW TRAILI. RED LAKEShefford halted his tired horse and gazed with slowly realizing eyes.A league-long slope of sage rolled and billowed down to Red Lake, a dryred basin, denuded and glistening, a hollow in the desert, a lonely anddesolate door to the vast, wild, and broken upland beyond.All day Shefford had plodded onward with the clear horizon-line a thingunattainable; and for days before that he had ridden the wild bare flatsand climbed the rocky desert benches. The great colored reaches andsteps had led endlessly onward and upward through dim and deceivingdistance.A hundred miles of desert travel, with its mistakes and lessons andintimations, had not prepared him for what he now saw. He beheld whatseemed a world that knew only magnitude. Wonder and awe fixed his gaze,and thought remained aloof. Then that dark and unknown northland flunga menace at him. An irresistible call had drawn him to this seamed andpeaked border of Arizona, this broken battlemented wilderness of Utahupland; and at first sight they frowned upon him, as if to warn him notto search for what lay hidden beyond the ranges. But Shefford thrilledwith both fear and exultation. That was the country which had beendescribed to him. Far across the red valley, far beyond the ragged lineof black mesa and yellow range, lay the wild canyon with its hauntingsecret.Red Lake must be his Rubicon. Either he must enter the unknown to seek,to strive, to find, or turn back and fail and never know and be alwayshaunted. A friend's strange story had prompted his singular journey; abeautiful rainbow with its mystery and promise had decided him. Once inhis life he had answered a wild call to the kingdom of adventurewithin him, and once in his life he had been happy. But here in thehorizon-wide face of that up-flung and cloven desert he grew cold; hefaltered even while he felt more fatally drawn.As if impelled Shefford started his horse down the sandy trail, but hechecked his former far-reaching gaze. It was the month of April, and thewaning sun lost heat and brightness. Long shadows crept down the slopeahead of him and the scant sage deepened its gray. He watched thelizards shoot like brown streaks across the sand, leaving their slendertracks; he heard the rustle of pack-rats as they darted into theirbrushy homes; the whir of a low-sailing hawk startled his horse.Like ocean waves the slope rose and fell, its hollows choked with sand,its ridge-tops showing scantier growth of sage and grass and weed. Thelast ridge was a sand-dune, beautifully ribbed and scalloped and linedby the wind, and from its knife-sharp crest a thin wavering sheet of

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