James Perrigo



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A long reach of dusty road shut in by "the forest primeval," rising abruptly over the steep crest of some great hill, and anon sinking into the depths of a shadowy valley or skirting the base of a wooded mountain.

On this hot, dusty July day, with not enough of a breeze to stir the branches of the solemn pines, Jake Brown, the driver of the Fort Kent stage, finding his load of freight unusually heavy, felt obliged to give his two sorry looking horses a "breather" now and then. At last as he paused at the foot of a long steep hill, one of his passengers, a young man of about twenty-four years, sprang to the ground expressing his determination to walk up the hill and thus ease the horses.

Slowly the tired horses ascended the hill, the two men walking alongside, while a garrulous old Frenchwoman, the only passenger remaining inside, kept scolding about the heat in unintelligible Madawaska patois.

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Franklin Printing Co.


Portland, Maine


Prohibition, Maine, Fiction


English Language and Literature

Forest tavern: a State of Maine story



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