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Page 96 - Comanches, (Sena-co,) and offered him a large price, but he could not be persuaded to part with him. He said the animal was one of the fleetest in their possession, and if he were to sell him it would prove a calamity to his whole band, as it often required all the speed of this animal to insure success in the buffalo chase ; that his loss would be felt by all his people, and he would be regarded as very foolish; moreover, he said, (patting his favorite on the neck,)
Page 34 - ... towards the stream : these they cut down with their teeth, (as the marks upon the stumps plainly showed,) and, floating them down to the position chosen for the dam, they were placed across the stream with an inclination downward, uniting in the centre. This formed the foundation upon which the superstructure of brush and earth was placed, in precisely the same manner as a brush dam is made by our millwrights, with the bushes and earth alternating and packed closely, the butts in all cases turned...
Page 104 - " I did see them farre off, not able to discerne them perfectly, but their steps showed that their feete were cloven, and bigger than the feete of camels. I suppose them to be a kind of buffes, which I read to bee in the countreys adjacent, and very many in the firme land.
Page 47 - When the prairie dog first feels the approach of the sleeping season (generally about the last days of October), he closes all the passages to his dormitory to exclude the cold air, and betakes himself to his brumal slumber with the greatest possible care. He remains housed until the warm days of spring, when he removes the obstructions from his door and again appears above ground as frolicsome as ever. I have been informed by the Indians that a short time before a cold storm in the autumn, all the...
Page 28 - Red river and its tributaries, is of a very superior quality, consisting of several varieties of grama and mezquite. The range of the grama grass, so far as my observations have extended, is bounded on the north by near the parallel of 36 north latitude, and on the east by about the meridian of 98 west longitude. It extends south and west, as far as I have travelled; it appears, however, to flourish better in about the latitude of 33 than in any other. As there is generally a drought on these...
Page 12 - And, indeed, in a few minutes, much to our astonishment and delight, (as we were doubtful about having a supply,) a perfect torrent came rushing down the dry bed of the rivulet, filling it to the top of the banks, and continued running, turbid and covered with froth, as long as we remained. Our Delawares regarded this as a special favor from the Great Spirit, and looked upon it as a favorable augury to the success of our enterprise. To us it was a most inexplicable phenomenon, as the weather for...
Page 197 - One large anteorbital plate and two postorbitals. The colors are brown or black, in quadrate blotches on the back and on the sides, separated by lighter intervals; beneath usually coarsely blotched with darker. In one species there are dark stripes on a light ground. 6. SCOTOPHIS LAETOS, B. & G. ZOOLOOY, PI. VI. SPEC. CHAR. — Similar to S. conjinis, but postfrontals larger. Vertical plate longer than broad. Dorsal rows 29. Abdominal scutellae 227. Subcaudals 72.
Page 104 - In a work published in London in 1589, by Hukluyt, it is stated, that in the island of New Foundland were found "mightie beastes, like to camels in greatness, and their feete were cloven.
Page 199 - Dorsal rows 21, exterior rather larger, and diminishing almost imperceptibly to the back, although all the scales in a single oblique row are of very nearly the same shape and size. The scales on the back and sides are lustrous black, each one with a central elliptical or subcircular spot of ivory-white, which on the sides occupy nearly the whole of the scale, but are smaller towards the back, where they involve one-half to one-third of the length. Beneath yellowish white, with broad distinct blotches...
Page 92 - ... prairie, where the voice of man is seldom heard, and where no living being permanently resides. The almost total absence of water causes all animals to shun it: even the Indians do not venture to cross it except at two or three points, where they find a few small ponds of water. I was told in New Mexico that, many years since, the Mexicans marked out a route with stakes across this plain, where they found water; and hence the name by which it is known throughout Mexico, of "El Llano Estacado,

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