History of Hall County, Nebraska: A Narrative of the Past with Special Emphasis Upon the Pioneer Period of the County's History, and Chronological Presentation of Its Social, Commercial, Educational, Religious, and Civic Development from the Early Days to the Present Time, and Special Analysis of Its Military and Civil Participation in the Late World War

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Western Publishing and Engraving Company, 1920 - Hall County (Neb.) - 965 pages
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Page 6 - In regard to this extensive section of country, we do not hesitate in giving the opinion, that it is almost wholly unfit for cultivation, and of course uninhabitable by a people depending upon agriculture for their subsistence.
Page 6 - This region, however, viewed as a frontier, may prove of infinite importance to the United States, inasmuch as it is calculated to serve as a barrier to prevent too great an extension of our population westward...
Page 7 - Agreeably to your orders to explore and report upon the country between the frontiers of Missouri and the South Pass in the Rocky Mountains, and on the line of the Kansas and Great Platte rivers, I set out from Washington city on the 2d day of May, 1842, and arrived at St.
Page 319 - Said the Engine from the WEST : "I am from Sierra's crest; And if altitude's a test, Why, I reckon, it's confessed That I've done my level best." Said the Engine from the EAST : "They who work best talk the least. S'pose you whistle down your brakes; What you've done is no great shakes, — Pretty fair, — but let our meeting Be a different kind of greeting. Let these folks with champagne stuffing, Not their Engines, do the puffing.
Page 320 - Phew ! " And a long, low whistle blew. " Come, now, really that 's the oddest Talk for one so very modest. You brag of your East ! You do ? Why, I bring the East to you ! All the Orient, all Cathay, Find through me the shortest way ; And the sun you follow here Rises in my hemisphere. Really, — if one must be rude, — Length, my friend, ain't longitude.
Page 319 - WHAT was it the Engines said, Pilots touching, — head to head Facing on the single track, Half a world behind each back ? This is what the Engines said. Unreported and unread. With a prefatory screech, In a florid Western speech, Said the Engine from the WEST, " I am from Sierra's crest ; And, if altitude's a test, What thc Engines said. 25 Why, I reckon, it's confessed, That I've done my level best.
Page 6 - We have little apprehension of giving too unfavorable an account of this portion of the country. Though the soil is, in some places, fertile, the want of timber, of navigable streams, and of water for the necessities of life, render it an unfit residence for any but a nomade population.
Page 7 - It had a rounded bow, was eight feet long and five broad, and drew with four men about four inches water. On the morning of the 15th we embarked in our hide boat, Mr. Preuss and myself, with two men. We dragged her over the sands for three or four miles, and then left her on a bar, and abandoned entirely all further attempts to navigate this river.
Page 58 - As a highway of travel the Oregon Trail is the most remarkable known to history. Considering the fact that it originated with the spontaneous use of travelers; that no transit ever located a foot of it; that no level established its grades; that no engineer sought out the fords or built any bridges or surveyed the mountain passes; that there was no grading so to speak of nor any attempt at metalling the roadbed; and the general good quality of this two thousand miles of highway will seem most extraordinary.
Page 73 - The males have very long tails, and a great knob or flock at the end, so that in some respects they resemble the lion, and in some other the camel. They push with their horns, they run, they overtake and kill an horse when they are in their rage and anger. Finally it is a foul and fierce beast of countenance and form of body.

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