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By Marguerite Henry, Wesley Dennis

In the past, a lone little burro roamed the excessive cliffs of the Grand Canyon and touched the hearts of all who knew him: a grizzled previous miner, a big-game hunter, even President Teddy Roosevelt. Named Brighty by way of the prospector who befriended him, he remained a unfastened spirit at center. but if a ruthless claim-jumper murdered the prospector, unswerving Brighty risked every little thing to convey the killer to justice.
Brighty's adventures have extremely joyful generations of readers, and he has develop into the logo of a joyous lifestyle. a few humans say that you should even see his spirit roving the canyon on moonlit nights-forever wild, eternally loose.

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Those rips is undesirable, feller, amazing undesirable, yet I’ll choose us a few globs o’ pine gum and make a brief salve. We’ll quickly take the burn out o’ them indignant cuts. ” As he stood up, he hunted for a second into the pool. “Whillikers! ” he whistled. “A great cougar! She’s six ft or extra! ’Pears to me ye wrestled her into the water and drownded her. How’d ye do it, feller? ” Brighty’s eyes watched the little guy as he made a cup of his palms to capture the dripping water. It wasn’t a good cup. It leaked. yet nonetheless it held sufficient to believe cool because it went down Brighty’s throat. He closed his eyes whereas his ears flicked to remembered sounds—twigs being damaged, and after some time hearth crackling. Then got here the smelly sharpness of pine tar in his nostrils. “Now, boy,” Uncle Jim defined whereas he poured the resin into Brighty’s cuts, “she may possibly harm a leetle, yet I bought to do ’er. ” He bent over the burro and commenced operating the salve into the open sores. “You had me uneasy as an outdated biddy hen,” he went on. “The hot rains come and the spring vegetation, and that i says to myself, ‘Bright Angel’ll be right here subsequent, any day now,’ yet ye didn’t come and ye didn’t, after which I commences to worry and stew and eventually I got down to hunt ye. ” The thick, hot fluid didn't damage in any respect; it felt soothing. And the voice of Uncle Jim used to be anything to carry to, like a rock in floodtime. Brighty let loose an outstanding sigh of reduction and lifted his head a piece as though lifestyles have been reliable back. Uncle Jim stood up, and without notice he was once relating to his overalls as though he had by no means spotted them earlier than. “I’ve an idee! ” he crowed, eyes twinkling in triumph. He took out his pocket-knife and pierced the denim simply above one knee. Then he minimize his manner round the pants-leg and stepped out of it. “Y’see, boy,” he acknowledged, “if we conceal yer cuts, ye can’t choose at ’em really easy and they’ll heal great and fresh. ” He begun removing his different trouser leg, chuckling to himself as he labored. He stepped out of that, too. “Lemme see now, what was once invented afore buttons? ” He proposal a second. “Why, pegs, o’ path! ” He broke off numerous twigs and sharpened each one to an excellent element. “We’ll jest peg yer pants on! ” subsequent he laid his personal vibrant pink suspenders on Brighty’s shoulders and slipped the pants-legs over the tiny hoofs and up the torn legs, taking nice care to carry the fabric clear of the injuries. “How approximately that! ” he exclaimed, pegging the suspenders in position. He stood again, admiring the impact. “Now ye’ll suppose greater, boy. simply ye relaxation a piece while I see approximately what’s within the pool. ” Brighty sniffed the previous blue denim and felt an odd easing. He stretched his legs out stiffly and sat up on his haunches, staring at as Uncle Jim hauled the heavy physique of the lion from the pool. After he had got rid of the paws, he dragged the carcass to the lip of the cave and with nice attempt flung it into the chasm. From out of nowhere 3 ravens got here cawing and swooping down after it. “The merely solid lion’s a lifeless ’un! ” Uncle Jim stated, scrubbing his palms with sand. He fixed the lion’s paws to the trunk of the useless tree, and painstakingly carved the identify “Brighty” into the bark.

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