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The Project Gutenberg EBook of In The Heart Of The Rockies, by G. A. HentyCopyright laws are changing all over the world. Be sure to check thecopyright laws for your country before downloading or redistributingthis or any other Project Gutenberg eBook.This header should be the first thing seen when viewing this ProjectGutenberg file. Please do not remove it. Do not change or edit theheader without written permission.Please read the "legal small print," and other information about theeBook and Project Gutenberg at the bottom of this file. Included isimportant information about your specific rights and restrictions inhow the file may be used. You can also find out about how to make adonation to Project Gutenberg, and how to get involved.**Welcome To The World of Free Plain Vanilla Electronic Texts****eBooks Readable By Both Humans and By Computers, Since 1971*******These eBooks Were Prepared By Thousands of Volunteers!*****Title: In The Heart Of The RockiesAuthor: G. A. HentyRelease Date: August, 2005 [EBook #8670][This file was first posted on July 31, 2003]Edition: 10Language: EnglishCharacter set encoding: ISO-8859-1*** START OF THE PROJECT GUTENBERG EBOOK, IN THE HEART OF THE ROCKIES ***E-text prepared by Charles Franks, Michelle Shephard, and the OnlineDistributed Proofreading TeamIN THE HEART OF THE ROCKIESA STORY OF ADVENTURE IN COLORADOBY G. A. HENTY
 
[Illustration: HUNTING DOG SAVES JERRY FROM THE RAPIDS.]PREFACEMY DEAR LADS,Until comparatively lately that portion of the United States in which Ihave laid this story was wholly unexplored. The marvellous caons of the
Colorado River extend through a country absolutely bare and waterless,and save the tales told by a few hunters or gold-seekers who, pressed byIndians, made the descent of some of them, but little was knownregarding this region. It was not until 1869 that a thorough explorationof the caons was made by a government expedition under the command of
Major Powell. This expedition passed through the whole of the caons,
from those high up on the Green River to the point where the Coloradoissues out on to the plains. Four years were occupied by the party inmaking a detailed survey of the course of the main river and itstributaries. These explorations took place some eight or nine yearsafter the date of my story. The country in which the Big Wind River hasits source, and the mountain chains contained in it, were almost unknownuntil, after the completion of the railway to California, the UnitedStates government was forced to send an expedition into it to punish theIndians for their raids upon settlers in the plains. For details of thegeography and scenery I have relied upon the narrative of Mr.Baillie-Grohman, who paid several visits to the country in 1878 and thefollowing years in quest of sport, and was the first white man topenetrate the recesses of the higher mountains. At that time the Indianshad almost entirely deserted the country. For the details of the dangersand difficulties of the passage through the caons I am indebted to the
official report of Major Powell, published by the United Statesgovernment.Yours sincerely,G. A. HENTY.CONTENTSCHAP.I. TOM'S CHOICEII. FINDING FRIENDSIII. ON THE PLAINSIV. LEAPING HORSEV. IN DANGERVI. UNITEDVII. CHASED
 
VIII. IN SAFETYIX. A BAD TIMEX. AN AVALANCHEXI. WINTERXII. THE SNOW FORTXIII. A FRESH STARTXIV. AN INDIAN ATTACKXV. THE COLORADOXVI. AFLOAT IN CANOESXVII. THE GRAND CANONXVIII. BACK TO DENVERXIX. A FORTUNEILLUSTRATIONSHunting Dog Saves Jerry From The RapidsCarry Reads Uncle Harry's LetterJerry Gives Tom A Lesson In ShootingLeaping Horse Mounted, And Rode Across The StreamA Moment Later The Indian Fell Forward On His Face"There Is Another Avalanche, Keep Your Backs To The Wall, Boys"They Went Out To Look At The Indian The Chief Had Shot"No Good Fight Here," Said Leaping Horse.CHAPTER ITOM'S CHOICE"I can be of no use here, Carry. What am I good for? Why, I could notearn money enough to pay for my own food, even if we knew anyone whowould help me to get a clerkship. I am too young for it yet. I wouldrather go before the mast than take a place in a shop. I am too youngeven to enlist. I know just about as much as other boys at school, and Icertainly have no talent anyway, as far as I can see at present. I cansail a boat, and I won the swimming prize a month ago, and the sergeantwho gives us lessons in single-stick and boxing says that he considersme his best pupil with the gloves, but all these things put togetherwould not bring me in sixpence a week. I don't want to go away, andnothing would induce me to do so if I could be of the slightest use toyou here. But can I be of any use? What is there for me to look forwardto if I stay? I am sure that you would be always worrying over me if Idid get some sort of situation that you would know father and motherwould not have liked to see me in, and would seem to offer no chance forthe future, whereas if I went out there it would not matter what I did,and anything I earned I could send home to you."The speaker was a lad of sixteen. He and his sister, who was two yearshis senior, were both dressed in deep mourning, and were sitting on abench near Southsea Castle looking across to Spithead, and the Isle of

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