Prefatory Note

    Most of the stories in this collection attempt to present one or another of those problems of life or nature to which, as it appears to many of us, there is no adequate solution within sight. Others are the almost literal transcript of dreams which seemed to me to have a coherency, completeness, and symbolic significance sufficiently marked to justify me in setting them down. The rest are scenes from that simple life of Canadian backwoods and tide-country with which my earlier years made me familiar.
    This edition is enlarged by the inclusion of three new stories, entitled “The House at Stony Lonesome,” “The Hill of Chastisement,” and “On the Tantramar Dyke;” and what is more important, it is enriched by the drawings of Mr. Charles Livingston Bull, for whose sympathetic interpretations I take this opportunity of expressing my gratitude.
                                                        C. G. D. R.
    New York, April, 1903.