By Kristiana Gregory
Susanna Fairchild and her relatives are on board a boat crusing from manhattan to the West, the place they plan to begin a brand new existence in Oregon. yet tragedy moves whilst Susanna¹s mom is misplaced to the ocean. listening to tales of serious wealth, Susanna¹s surgeon father comes to a decision he desires to sign up for the hordes of fellows dashing to California to mine for gold.
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A guy leaned opposed to the counter chatting with the landlord as though they have been strong pals. This guy glanced at me, then feasted his eyes on Clara, with a gradual grin. His tooth have been brown with tobacco juice that ran down into his beard. seventy two Horse manure covered the man’s boots and his pants have been dirty with grease. Clara became to me and whispered, “Susanna, let’s pass. ” I put a nickel at the counter for our little sack of ginger, then met her by way of the door. As I nodded goodbye to our grocer pal, i spotted whatever that placed chills up my backbone. the guy used to be procuring a plug of tobacco with cash he pulled from a leather-based pouch. there has been no mistaking the braided crimson strap that I had made for Papa. Clara had obvious it, too, simply because she squeezed my arm. How i needed to kick that thief and seize away Papa’s pouch, yet remembered Clara’s phrases: We needs to be clever. So we fast left. as soon as domestic we introduced Lilly in and rolled extra rocks opposed to the door. there has been whatever except the man’s dust that scared us. His eyes have been chilly. We fear simply because he is familiar with our cabin and doubtless is familiar with we’re on my own. yet we don’t imagine he is familiar with that we all know who he's. He appeared too silly and soiled to achieve that the pouch he stole is exclusive and will simply be claimed by means of its proprietor, our father. in the meantime, we are going to maintain this to ourselves. we're extra worried than ever for Papa to come. seventy three Clara has entire with the dough and positioned a moist textile over the bowl. by means of morning it may be a tall, tender loaf able to bake. Off to mattress now and extra speak . . . we're too apprehensive to sleep. Our bad little burro has no concept how a lot we're hoping on her. MONDAY, THE twenty first OF may well a brand new improvement. it's overdue, approximately nighttime. i'm writing fast whereas Clara wraps a few foodstuff and blankets for Lilly’s pack. We’ll depart the next day to come at the start gentle. whereas we have been sitting by way of the movement this morning, a miner rushed into our campsite. He was once coated with black soot and used to be crying out for Dr. Fairchild. earlier than lets clarify approximately Papa, males wearing a stretcher got here into view. On it was once a boy approximately Clara’s age, moaning with ache. His face used to be bloodied and he used to be respiring challenging. whilst the boys pulled again the blanket and that i observed a damaged bone protruding above his ankle, my proposal used to be in basic terms of myself: i'm going to die earlier than i take advantage of Papa’s observed to do surgical procedure. I soaked my handkerchief within the river and gave it seventy four to my sister. As she kneeled over the boy to scrub his face, she requested the lads what had occurred. They acknowledged there has been an explosion in a mine upriver. The fuse used to be brief so the black powder exploded too quickly. 3 boys have been killed immediately, yet Sam was once rescued from beneath a few rocks. the boys demanded to determine the general practitioner. “He’s now not here,” I stated. Clara and that i have been studying the boy’s neck and face, his shoulders and hands, touching lightly. We’d noticeable Papa do that, paintings his approach down the physique, looking for accidents. after we got here to his ribs, he screamed. Clara pointed to his chest, the place she had felt a damaged rib. “If he strikes, it is going to puncture his lung,” she stated.