Waterways of Westward Expansion: The Ohio River and Its Tributaries

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A. H. Clark Company, 1903 - Transportation - 220 pages
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Page 58 - I do certify that all mankind, agreeable to every constitution formed in America, have an undoubted right to pass into every vacant country, and there to form their constitution...
Page 55 - Surveying or settling the lands not within the limits of any particular State being forbidden by the United States, in Congress assembled, the commander will employ such force as he may judge necessary in driving off persons attempting to settle on the lands of the United States.
Page 127 - They are square, and flat-bottomed ; about forty feet by fifteen, with sides six feet deep ; covered with a roof of thin boards ; and accommodated with a fire-place. They require but four hands to navigate them, carry no sail, and are wafted down by the current.
Page 95 - Planters are large bodies of trees firmly fixed by their roots in the bottom of the river, in a perpendicular manner, and appearing no more than about a foot above the surface of the water in its middling state. So firmly are they rooted, that the largest boat running against them, will not move them, but they frequently injure the boat.
Page 114 - The boat is crossing, its head slanting to the current, which is, however, too strong for the rowers, and when the other side of the river has been reached, it has drifted perhaps a quarter of a mile. The men are by this time exhausted and, as we shall suppose it to be 12 o'clock, fasten the boat to a tree on the shore.
Page 138 - It will be a novel sight, and as pleasing as novel to see a huge boat working her way up the windings of the Ohio, without the appearance of sail, oar, pole, or any manual labour about her — moving within the secrets of her own wonderful mechanism, and propelled by power undiscoverable...
Page 170 - Back Her! roared Mike, and down the hill again went wagon, yawl, men, and oxen. Mike had been revolving the matter in his mind and had concluded that it was best not to go; and well knowing that each of his men was equal to a moderately strong ox, he had at once conceived and executed this retrograde movement. Once at the bottom, another parley was held and Mike was again overpowered. This time they had almost reached the top of the hill, when Set Poles — Back Her was again ordered and executed.
Page 138 - This plan, if it succeeds, must open to view flattering prospects to an immense country, an interior of not less than two thousand miles of as fine a soil and climate, as the world can produce, and to a people worthy of all the advantages that nature and art can give them, a people the more meritorious, because they know how to sustain peace and live independent, among the crushing of empires, the falling of kings, the slaughter and bloodshed of millions, and the tumult, corruption and tyranny of...
Page 18 - The Ohio river being in many places wide and deep, and so gentle, that for many miles, in some places, no current is perceivable : the least wind, blowing up the river, covers the surface with what the people of that country call white caps...
Page 161 - The bargemen were a distinct class of people," writes Mr. Cassedy, " whose fearlessness of character, recklessness of habits and laxity of morals rendered them a marked people. Their history will hereafter form the groundwork of many a heroic romance or epic poem. In the earlier stages of this sort of navigation, their trips were dangerous, not only on account of the Indians whose huntinggrounds bounded their track on either side, but also because the shores of both rivers were infested with organized...

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Archer Butler Hulbert was a professor of history at Colorado College, Colorado Springs, and author of

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