Tracks Of A Rolling Stone By Henry J. Coke




























































































































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I dismounted, and, without unsaddling the mules, took off 
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I Dismounted, And, Without Unsaddling The Mules, Took Off Their Packs, Now Reduced To A Few Pounds, Which Was All

The wretched, raw-backed, and half-dead, animals could stagger under; and, putting my blanket, the remains of a ham,

And a little packet of tea - some eight or ten tea-spoonfuls - on one mule, I again prepared to mount my horse and depart.

I took, as it were, a sneaking glance at Samson. He was sitting upon the ground, with his face between his knees, sobbing.

At three-and-twenty the heart of a man, or of a woman - if either has any, which, of course, may be doubtful - is apt to play the dynamite with his or her resolves. Water-drops have ever been formidable weapons of the latter, as we all know; and, not being so accustomed to them then as I have become since, the sight of the poor devil's abject woe and destitution, the thought that illness and suffering were the causes, the secret whisper that my act was a cowardly one, forced me to follow the lines of least resistance, and submit to the decrees of destiny.

One more page from my 'Ride,' and the reader will, I think, have a fair conception of its general character. For the last two hours the ascent of the Blue Mountains had been very steep. We were in a thick pine forest. There was a track - probably made by Indians. Near the summit we found a spring of beautiful water.

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