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Page 117 - The flat-boat was the important craft of the era of immigration, the friend of the pioneer. It was the boat that never came back, a downstream craft solely. The flatboat of average size was a roofed craft about forty feet long, twelve feet wide and eight feet deep. It was square and flatbottomed and was managed by six oars; two of these, about thirty feet long, on each side, were known as
Page 29 - MORTALLY WOUNDED, KEPT COMMAND OF THE FIGHT TILL THE ENEMY HAD FLED. THE LIFE BLOOD OF MORE THAN TWO HUNDRED PATRIOT HEROES MADE THIS BATTLE GROUND SACRED FOREVER. THIS MONUMENT WAS BUILT AD 1883, IN THE YEAR OF INDEPENDENCE 107, BY GRATEFUL DWELLERS IN THE MOHAWK VALLEY UNDER THE DIRECTION OF THE ONEIDA HISTORICAL SOCIETY AIDED BY THE NATIONAL GOVERNMENT AND THE STATE OF NEW YORK.
Page 117 - ... Orleans ; but the slow process of keel-boats and barges was such that it consumed almost a whole summer for a trip down and up — when all was done by the hardy boatmen, with the pole or by warping ; and when a barge arrived, with furs from St. Louis, cotton from Natchez, hemp, tobacco, and saltpetre from Maysville, or sugar and cotton from New Orleans and Natchez, it was a wonder to the many, and drew vast crowds to see and rejoice over it.
Page 9 - Albany ; — a project, which every one knows, — who knows the simplest rules in arithmetic, — to be impracticable but at an expense little less than the market value of the whole territory of Massachusetts; and which, if practicable, every person of common sense knows would be as useless as a railroad from Boston to the Moon.
Page 50 - Freighting was so cheap that a man who had been selling his wheat for thirty cents a bushel now received a dollar for it.
Page 29 - ... artistic memorials chiefly from the bronze tablets which form the four panels of its base. One of these tablets contains the dedicatory inscription, written by Dr. Edward North, of Hamilton College, which reads as follows : HERE WAS FOUGHT THE BATTLE OF ORISKANY ON THE SIXTH DAY OF AUGUST, 1777 ; HERE BRITISH INVASION WAS CHECKED AND THWARTED; HERE GENERAL NICHOLAS HERKIMER, INTREPID LEADER OF THE AMERICAN FORCES, THO' MORTALLY WOUNDED, KEPT COMMAND OF THE FIGHT TILL THE ENEMY HAD FLED.
Page xi - We greet you well, you Saxon men, Up with your towns and stay!" The world was made for honest trade,— To plant and eat be none afraid. ' For you," they said, " no barriers be, For you no sluggard rest; Each street leads downward to the sea, Or landward to the West.