Dangers of the Trail in 1865: A Narrative of Actual Events

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Press of W.F. Humphrey, 1912 - Colorado - 148 pages
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Page 25 - The whips consisted of a hickory stalk two feet long, a lash twelve feet in length with buck or antelope skin snapper nine inches in length. The stalk was held in the left hand, the lash coiled with the right hand and index finger of the left. It was then whirled several times around the head, letting it shoot straight out and bringing it back with a quick jerk. It would strike wherever aimed, raising a deadhead ox nearly off its hind quarters and cutting through the hide and into the flesh. When...
Page 24 - As soon as the dough was prepared, a chunk was cut off and put in the skillet, the lid placed and covered with coals; in fifteen minutes we would have as nice a looking loaf of bread as one could wish to see, browned to a tempting color. When eaten warm, it was very palatable, but when cold, only bull whackers could digest it.
Page 43 - States army officers to halt and await the arrival of a train of fifty armed men before being allowed to proceed. In a few hours the required number came up, together with three wagon loads of pilgrims.
Page 52 - ... a coarse luxuriant growth of grass in the valley near the river and beyond the bluffs; in spots that were not bare grew the prickly pear...
Page 44 - A knife sharpened as keen as a razor's edge would cut the flesh; another hacked into a saw would separate the bones and sensitive marrow; while an iron heated to white heat seared up the arteries and the trick was done.
Page 78 - Here was to be found the illiterate man — but a grade above the coyote — lawbreakers of every kind and from every land, to men of culture and refinement.

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