WANDERSONG by Eleanor MacDonald Banks


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There's a fair amount of interest here in the good old but not so comfortable days and in the story of Henry MacDonald and his pioneering progress in Montana. After a brief enlistment in the army at 18 during the Civil War, Henry headed west to hunt along the Upper Missouri River; lived for a time with the peaceful Crow Indians but faced the constant danger of the Sioux; served as a scout for wagon trains, mined a little, and then started to raise sheep in Montana. Marrying Julia, whom he met back East and who came from a fashionable, fastidious background, he was often thoughtless in the life he imposed on her, but Julia survived the birth of a baby in a blizzard, the death of a second child, subdued his restlessness and despondency until finally, selling his ranch and his stock, they headed east for a new life. Authentic early Americana, this has human interest as well as regional.

Pub Date: Oct. 1st, 1950
Publisher: Caxton