Excerpt from Skid Puffer: A Tale of the Kankakee Swamp You may find a few words and phrases in the swamp vernacular which at first sight in print may appear odd or worse, but if you will bend the sympathetic ear you will discover that even the most uncouth are of ancient and most patrician ancestry. Modern commercialism, with its ditches, canals and bridges, its dredgers, railroads, highways and farm machinery, has transformed and transfigured old Pufferland. Abe Puffer has gone to his Gret Silens ; the Indiana Greysons are far more than an empty name; and the hero himself has long been regarded as a great and favorite son. The world-old Sand-ridge, once clung to by all Pufferdom, which struck like a defiant spear into the heart of the great swamp, is withered and wasted away to its very bones. Now the region is clothed with vast, shining cornfields, long hayfields and lawnlike meadows, blooming orchards and ble farms. But even yet there obtrudes the squat outline of the Ridge, which seems like a tumbled epitaph of some secret miseries too deep to tell, of some glories that will forever endure. I ackwledge gratefully the gift of some fine cuts illustrating the Soyta paradise in the Soran desert. These are from that silent worker for posterity, Dr. Trembly MacDougal of the Carnegie Desert Laboratory at Tucson. Some of the most pregnant botanical work of modern times is being accomplished there. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art techlogy to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.