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
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.
G. D. R.
New York, April, 1903.