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d to confess it is inju
red by too many allusio
ns to incidents that ar
e not at all suited to
satisfy the just expect
ations of the general r
eader. One of these eve
nts is slightly touched
on in the commencement
of this chapter. More
than thirty years since
a very near and dear r
elative of the writer,
an elder sister and a s
econd mother, was kille
d by a fall from a hors
e in a ride among the v
ery mountains mentioned
in this tale. Few of h
er sex and years were m
ore extensively known o
r more universally belo
ved than the admirable
The Pioneers by Cooper, James Fenimore, 1789-1851