Report upon the Colorado river of West (Google eBook)

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Gov. printing office, 1861 - Nature
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Page 30 - It seems intended by nature that the Colorado river, along the greater portion of its lonely and majestic way, shall be forever unvisited and undisturbed.
Page 20 - In 1850 a detachment of troops was sent to the mouth of the Gila to keep these Indians under control, and not long afterwards a military post, called Fort Yuma, was regularly established. The difficulty of furnishing supplies to the garrison, across the desert, was such that, in the winter of 1850 and 1851, General Smith, commanding the Pacific division, sent a schooner from San Francisco to the head of the Gulf of California, and directed Lieutenant Derby, topographical engineers, to make a reconnaissance,...
Page 46 - Banks, and no celerity or vigor, will avail, so far as he is concerned ; next, that by a glance at the map it will be seen that the line of retreat of the enemy's forces up the Valley is shorter than mine to go against him. It will take a week or ten days for the force to get to the valley by...
Page 30 - West, p. 121. laid with clay. In one corner were a fireplace and chimney. Everything was clean and tidy. Skins, bows and arrows, quivers, antlers, blankets, articles of clothing and ornament were hanging from the walls or arranged upon shelves. Vases, flat dishes, and gourds filled with meal or water, were standing along one side of the room. At the other end was a trough, divided into compartments, in each of which was a sloping stone slab, two or three feet square, for grinding corn upon. In a...
Page 30 - Flights of stone steps led from the first to a second landing, upon which the doors of the houses open. Mounting the stairway opposite to the ladder, the chief crossed to the nearest door and ushered us into a low apartment, from which two or three others opened towards the interior of the dwelling. Our host courteously asked us to be seated upon some skins spread along the floor against the wall, and presently his wife brought in a vase of water and a tray filled with a singular substance (tortillas),...
Page 30 - ... piles that blocked the end of the vista, and the corresponding depth and gloom of the gaping chasms into which we were plunging, imparted an unearthly character to a way that might have resembled the portals of the infernal regions. Harsh screams issuing from aerial recesses in the canyon sides, and apparitions of goblin-like figures perched in the rifts and hollows of the impending cliffs, gave an odd reality to this impression. At short distances other avenues of equally magnificent proportions...
Page 30 - A second smaller town was half a mile distant; two miles westward was a third. . . . Five or six miles to the north-east a bluff was pointed out as the location of three others, and we were informed that the last of the seven, Oraybe, was still further distant, on the trail towards the great river.
Page 30 - The room was fifteen feet by ten; the walls were made of adobes; the partitions of substantial beams; the floor laid with clay. In one corner were a fireplace and chimney. Everything was clean and tidy. Skins, bows and arrows, quivers, antlers, blankets, articles of clothing and ornament, were hanging from the walls or arranged upon shelves. Vases, flat dishes, and gourds filled with meal or water were standing along one side of the room.
Page 30 - ... Lieutenant Ives' account of his trip through Hopiland and his unconscious references to Hopi art. He speaks of certain blankets and garments worn by the Hopi, which he evidently believed to have been of Navajo manufacture; he then proceeds to give an excellent description of the Hopi blanket as follows: "There is much uniformity of dress, all are wrapped in Navajo blankets with broad white and dark stripes, and a crowd at a distance looks like the face of a stratified rock.
Page 30 - The scenery much resembled that in the Black Canyon, excepting that the rapid descent, the increasing magnitude of the colossal piles that blocked the end of the vista, and the corresponding depth and gloom of the gaping chasms into which we were plunging, imparted an unearthly character to a way that might have resembled the portals of the infernal regions.

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