said the scout, shaking his head doubtingly; "When the sun is scorching the tree tops
, and the water courses are full; when the moss on every beech he sees will tell him in what quarter the north star will shine at night.
They stood there while the sun went down upon this scene, and the sky in the west turned blood-red, and the tops
of the houses shone like fire.
His fathers were mighty hunters,--men who lived in the woods, and slept under the free, open heavens, with the stars to hold their candles; and their descendant to this day always acts as if the house were his camp,--wears his hat at all hours, tumbles himself about, and puts his heels on the tops
of chairs or mantelpieces, just as his father rolled on the green sward, and put his upon trees and logs,--keeps all the windows and doors open, winter and summer, that he may get air enough for his great lungs,--calls everybody "stranger," with nonchalant bonhommie, and is altogether the frankest, easiest, most jovial creature living.