Henry Lionel Williams
Turi of the Magic Fingers

from the dust jacket:

Today a visitor to the caves of the Dordogne may see the footprints of the ancient Cro-Magnons in the clay floor and the outlines of their hands on walls: marks still clear that were made there twenty thousand years ago. On these walls are the earliest known records of art — pictures of bison, mammoth, and boar — which scientists believe were drawn as magic to make good hunting.

Turi, a fine proud son of the tribe, lived in those days. When he became crippled for life in a heroic rescue, he turned to carving animal pictures in a desperate effort to prove himself still worthy of the tribe. How he overcame his lameness to find food for his people, how he made the first friendship between man and dog, how he became the great Sorcerer — these make fast and exciting adventure.

Mr. Williams, whose explorations have taken him pretty much over the entire globe, first visited the Cro-Magnon caves in southwestern France in 1911, and ever since he has had a growing interest in the culture of these primitive people, and has spent a great deal of time in the study of it. Here he recreates, as nearly as is possible, the world and the ways of earliest civilized man.

There are two stories: that of how Turi becomes the tribal Sorcerer who draws the animal pictures on the walls of the cave, and the story of how Turi makes the first friendship between man and dog, an association which has lasted ever since. Mr. Williams himself is a great lover of dogs, and recently he has been very busy arranging the much-talked-about Dog House at the New York World's Fair, where one may see hundreds of dogs — prize dogs, trick dogs, and dogs trained for special services to mankind, such as the shepherd dog and the Seeing Eye. Ever since the days of Turi the Cro-Magnon boy, the dog has been man's invaluable friend.