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Now THE winds keened from the mountains, and snow fell. Abednego Danner, the magnificent Abednego Danner, was carried to his last resting-place, the laboratory of nature herself. His wife and his son followed the bier; the dirge was intoned, the meaningless cadence of ritual was spoken to the cold ground; a ghostly obelisk was lifted up over his meagre remains. Hugo had a wish to go to the hills and roll down some gigantic chunk of living rock to mark that place until the coming of a glacier, but he forbore and followed all the dark conventions of disintegration.

The will was read and the bulk of Hugo’s sorry gains was thrust back into his keeping. He went into the attic and opened the black trunk where the six small notebooks lay in oilpaper. He took them out and unwrapped them. The first two books were a maze of numbered experiments. In the third a more vigorous calligraphy, a quivering tracery of excite-

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  • Bison Frontiers of Imagination i
  • Title Page iii
  • Introduction vii
  • I 3
  • II 17
  • III 24
  • IV 44
  • V 58
  • VI 65
  • VII 80
  • VIII 101
  • IX 139
  • X 155
  • XI 162
  • XII 176
  • XIII 190
  • XIV 204
  • XV 210
  • XVI 224
  • XVII 231
  • XVIII 242
  • XIX 258
  • XX 279
  • XXI 292
  • XXII 311
  • XXIII 315
  • In the Bison Frontiers of Imagination Series 333
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