Astoria, Or, Anecdotes of an Enterprise Beyond the Rocky Mountains

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Carey, Lea, & Blanchard, 1836 - Astoria (Or.)
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OCLC Number: 15126125
Related Subjects:(5)
Overland journeys to the Pacific.
Astoria (Or.)
Fur trade -- Oregon.
Northwestern States -- Description and travel.
Pacific Fur Company.

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Page 229 - In Rama was there a voice heard, lamentation, and weeping, and great mourning, Rachel weeping for her children, and would not be comforted, because they are not.
Page 25 - ... tongues, and beavers' tails, and various luxuries from Montreal, all served up by experienced cooks brought for the purpose. There was no stint of generous wine, for it was a hard-drinking period, a time of loyal toasts, and bacchanalian songs, and brimming bumpers. While...
Page 25 - ... ditty ; the lords of the lakes and forests have passed away ; and the hospitable magnates of Montreal — where are they ? CHAPTER II.
Page 16 - You would be amazed," says an old writer already quoted, " if you saw how lewd these pedlars are when they return; how they feast and game, and how prodigal they are not only in their clothes, but upon their sweethearts. Such of them as are married have the wisdom to retire to their own houses ; but the bachelors act just as...
Page 24 - ... 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 banquetingroom groaned under the weight of game of all kinds ; of venison from the woods, and fish from the lakes, with hunters...
Page 146 - 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 days, nothing could hurt or daunt him; but he had " lived too fast," and injured his constitution by his excesses.
Page 16 - ... of the wilderness. These men would set out from Montreal with canoes well stocked with goods, with arms and ammunition, and would make their way up the mazy and wandering rivers that interlace the vast forests of the Canadas, coasting the most remote lakes, and creating new wants and habitudes among the natives. Sometimes they sojourned for months among them, assimilating to their tastes and habits with the happy lacilily oí Frenchmen ; adopting in some degree the Indian dress, and not unfrequently...
Page 40 - 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, unconnected with us but by the ties of blood and interest, and enjoying like us the rights of self-government.
Page 30 - Company," with a capital of one million of dollars, with the privilege of increasing it to two millions. The capital was furnished by himself—he, in fact, constituted the company; for, though he had a board of directors, they were merely nominal; the whole business was conducted on his plans, and with his resources, but he preferred to do so under the imposing and formidable aspect of a corporation, rather than in his individual name, and his policy was sagacious and effective. As the Mackinaw...
Page 90 - ... of a river, to which we gave the same name ; and which, running parallel to the sea-coast, waters a low country with many stagnant ponds, and then empties itself into Haley's bay. The wild fowl of these ponds, and the elk and deer of the neighbourhood, furnish them with occasional luxuries ; but their chief subsistence is derived from the salmon, and other fish, which are caught in the small streams by means of nets and gigs, or thrown on shore by the violence of the tide. To these are added...

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