Edward Fitzgerald Beale, a Pioneer in the Path of Empire, 1822-1903

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G. P. Putnam's sons, 1912 - California - 312 pages

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Page 11 - Should Mexico, however, be resolutely bent on hostilities, you will be mindful to protect the persons and interests of citizens of the United States near your station ; and should you ascertain beyond a doubt that the Mexican government has declared war against us, you will employ the force under your command to the best advantage.
Page 78 - Peaks; to the south and east extended the praire — lost in the hazy distance. On the gently undulating plains, reaching to the foot of the Rocky Mountains, could be traced, by their lines of timber, the course of the Arkansas River and...
Page 209 - It looks oddly enough to see, outside of a menagerie, a herd of huge, ungainly, awkward but docile animals move about in our midst, with people riding them like horses, bringing up wierd and far-off associations to the Eastern traveller ... of the burning sands of Arabia and Sahara.
Page 118 - Luis valley, and all before us was a perfect level as far as the sight could reach." " Our way, for a mile or two, led over a barren plain, thickly covered with grice wood, but we soon struck the base of the mountain, where firm, rich mountain grass swept our saddle girths as we cantered over it. We crossed a considerable mountain covered with timber and grass, and near the summit of which was quite a cluster of small, but very clear and apparently deep lakes. They were not more than an acre or two...
Page 82 - Kansas,) and a remark ably level country connects it with the western part of the Atlantic States. As soon as this is thrown open to settlement a continuous line of farms will be established, by which the agricultural...
Page 85 - The cavalry^ at Fort Massachusetts numbered seventy-five men, of whom forty-five were mounted. Though their horses were excellently groomed and stabled, and kept in high condition on corn, at six dollars a bushel, they would soon break down on a march in pursuit of Indians mounted on horses fed on grass, and accustomed to gallop at half speed up or down the steepest hills. Corn-fed animals lose their strength when they are put on grass, and do not soon get accustomed to the change of diet. Of this...
Page 284 - These bands usually consist of from 1300 to 2000 sheep and each band is in the charge of a shepherd. Of course the sheep are scattered over many miles of territory, but each band has a limited range, defined somewhat by the vicinity of water, and it is customary ... to drive . . . [them] every night into a corral, or inclosure, usually fenced with brush and with a narrow entrance.
Page 160 - Quintana is a meadow of several thousand acres in extent, watered through its centre by two deep but narrow streams of clear and icy cold water.* It is shaded in many places with mesquit trees, willows, and vines covered with clusters of small but sweet grapes. Two Pah-Utahs, who were gathering mesquit beans, fled in alarm at our approach, and we saw numerous coveys of the California partridge. This oasis deserves the name of The Diamond of the Desert, so beautiful and bright does it appear in the...
Page 119 - ... and the Indian lodges, with the women and children standing in front of them to look at the approaching stranger, strongly reminded me of old patriarchal times, when flocks and herds made the wealth and happiness of the people, and a hut was as good as a palace.

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