Cover

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pp. C-C

Title Page, Copyright Page

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pp. i-vi

Contents

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pp. vii-viii

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Foreword

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pp. ix-x

Of all the rivers in Texas, the Sabine seems the most mysterious. Author Jack Kerouac called it an “evil old river” where you could almost hear the slither of a million copperheads in a region he called a “manuscript of the night you couldn’t read.” I am neither as literary as Kerouac nor as...

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Introduction

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pp. xi-xx

A man shot at us our first day on the river. Of course he did. You expect that sort of thing to happen on the Sabine. I met Jacob at his father’s house early that morning. He hitched the boat to his truck, and we drove south and east into the border country where...

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Part I

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pp. 1-38

You notice things when you come home after being gone too long: the way the pine trees sprout from the hills, or the curve of a narrow river as it winds through the forest. One fall afternoon before Jacob and I had ever considered boating down the Sabine, I found myself driving into town when the pines gave way to...

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Part II

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pp. 39-82

The account of our river trip appeared in four consecutive editions of the local newspaper. Two months later, another item in the news caught my eye. A notice on the obituary page announced that Elton Wayne Woodall, by then sixty-one years old, had died from the illness that he had figured was...

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Part III

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pp. 83-126

When Jacob and I finally arrived at the boat ramp for our grand river adventure, the old river rat nearly talked us out of our trip. Then the turtle shooter nearly hit us with a shot from his .22 rifle. After Jacob’s father, Henry, collected his piece of concrete, we set off from the highway bridge in the community of Bon Wier, crossed below a creaky wooden railroad trestle...

Acknowledgments

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pp. 127-128

Index

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pp. 129-133

Series Page

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p. 134

Back Cover

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pp. BC-BC