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AUTHOR OF "WILD PASTURE!"
The muscrats have built higher than common this year
SMALL, MAYNARD AND COMPANY PUBLISHERS
BY SMALL, MAYNARD AND COMPANY
Entered at Stationers' Hall
THE UNIVERSITY PRESS, CAMBRIDGE, U.S.A.
THE author wishes to express his thanks to the "Boston Transcript" for permission to reprint in this volume matter which was originally contributed to its columns.
CERTAIN WHITE-FACED HORNETS
THE BARE HILLS IN MIDWINTER
SOME JANUARY BIRDS
WHEN THE SNOW CAME
THE MINK'S HUNTING GROUND
IN THE WHITE WOODS
THE ROAD TO MUDDY POND
AMONG THE MUSKRAT LODGES
The muskrats have built higher than common this year
Their paper fort . . . had by September grown to the dimensions of a water-bucket and contained a prodigious swarm of valiant fighters
There are other feathered folk who seem to delight in the cold
Here in a little tangle of tiny undergrowth and brown leaves, with a fallen trunk for overhead shelter, you might find him any forenoon
You may . . . get a glimpse of the weasel-like head of one lifted above the bank as he sniffs the breeze for game and enemies
He lifted his head high, fluffed out those glossy black neck feathers and strutted