Astoria: Or, Enterprise Beyond the Rocky Mountains, Volume 1

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Richard Bentley, 1836 - Astoria (Or.)
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Page 20 - Company as represented in their persons and conducted themselves in suitable style. They ascended the rivers in great state, like sovereigns making a progress: or rather like highland chieftains navigating their subject lakes. They were wrapped in rich furs, their huge canoes freighted with every convenience and luxury and manned by Canadian voyageurs, as obedient as highland clansmen.
Page 49 - I considered, as a great public acquisition, the commencement of a settlement on that point of the western coast of America, and looked forward with gratification to the time when its descendants should have spread themselves through the whole length of that coast, covering it with free and independent Americans, uucon. nected with us but by the ties of blood and interest, and enjoying like us the rights of self-government.
Page 21 - ... looked up to the assemblage with awe, as to the House of Lords. There was a vast deal of solemn deliberation, and hard Scottish reasoning, with an occasional swell of pompous declamation. These grave and weighty councils were alternated by huge feasts and revels, like some of the old feasts described in Highland castles. The tables in the great banqueting room groaned under the weight of game of all kinds ; of venison from the woods, and fish from the lakes, with hunters...
Page 22 - ... the feudal state of Fort William is at an end; its council chamber is silent and deserted ; its banquet-hall no longer echoes to the burst of loyalty, or the "auld world...
Page 182 - Thus far the Indian interpreter, from whom these particulars are derived, had been an eye-witness of the deadly conflict. He had taken no part in it, and had been spared by the natives as being of their race. In the confusion of the moment he took refuge with the rest, in the canoes. The survivors of the crew now sallied forth and discharged some of the deck guns, which did great execution among the canoes, and drove all the savages to shore.
Page 229 - Nodowa deserves equal mention. This was John Day, a hunter from the backwoods of Virginia, who had been several years on the Missouri in the service of Mr. Crooks, and of other traders. He was about forty years of age, six feet two inches high, straight as an Indian ; with an elastic step as if he trod on springs, and a handsome, open, manly countenance. It was his boast that in his younger d&yn nothing could hurt or daunt him ; but he had " lived too fast " and injured his constitution by his excesses.
Page 6 - Indiaman and pirates are wont to do ; for they lavish, eat, drink, and play all away as long as the goods hold out ; and when these are gone, they even sell their embroidery, their lace, and their clothes. This done, they are forced upon a new voyage for subsistence.
Page 29 - He began his career, of course, on the narrowest scale ; but he brought to the task a persevering industry, rigid economy, and strict integrity. To these were added an aspiring spirit that always looked upward ; a genius bold, fertile, and expansive ; a sagacity quick to grasp and convert every circumstance to its advantage, and a singular and never-wavering confidence of signal success...
Page 42 - MacKenzie some years subsequently published an account of his expeditions he suggested the policy of opening an intercourse between the Atlantic and Pacific oceans, and forming regular establishments through the interior and at both extremes as well as along the coasts and islands.
Page 47 - He was already wealthy beyond the ordinary desires of man, but he now aspired to that honourable fame which is awarded to men of similar scope of mind, who by their great commercial enterprises have enriched nations, peopled wildernesses, and extended the bounds of empire.

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