from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In hunting, the scent of a trail.
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It was a nigger's foot, but it was alive, it was immediate; and, as he traced it a score of yards, he came upon another foot-scent, indubitably a white man's.
Setting carefully about his search he found her foot-scent, and following this strange guide, that the beasts all know so well and man does not know at all, he worked out the trail and found her where she was hidden.
He felt secure, because the foot-scent that he might have supposed the man to be following would be stale by morning.
Saddleback her alarm, she swiftly came back to the man, then she crossed before him, thinking, in her half-reasoning way, that the man _must_ be following a foot-scent just as she herself would do, but would, of course, take the stronger line of tracks she was now laying.
It was a nigger’s foot, but it was alive, it was immediate; and, as he traced it a score of yards, he came upon another foot-scent, indubitably