Afloat on the Ohio: An Historical Pilgrimage of a Thousand Miles in a Skiff, from Redstone to Cairo

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Doubleday & McClure, 1897 - Ohio River - 334 pages
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Page 92 - no colony in America was ever settled under such favorable auspices as that which has first commenced at the Muskingum. Information, property, and strength will be its characteristics. I know many of the settlers personally, and there never were men better calculated to promote the welfare of such a community.
Page 66 - ... to try to grasp the boat, and drag it under water. Through such a scene as this , the unwieldy machine takes its hoarse sullen way: venting, at every revolution of the paddles, a loud high-pressure blast; enough, one would think, to waken up the host of Indians who lie buried in a great mound yonder...
Page 328 - A Short American Tramp in the fall of 1864. By the Editor of
Page 162 - Atlantic, arrived at the boat-landing, is the singular, whimsical, and amusing spectacle, of the varieties of water-craft, of all shapes and structures. There is the stately barge, of the size of a large Atlantic schooner, with its raised and outlandish looking deck. This kind of craft, however, which required twenty-five hands to work it up stream, is almost gone into disuse, and though so common ten years ago, is now scarcely seen. Next there is...
Page 70 - ... it seems to lie low, I am apprehensive that it is subject to be overflowed. This bottom ends where the effects of a hurricane appear, by the destruction and havoc among the trees. Two or three miles below the Pipe creek is a pretty large creek on the west side, called by Nicholson...
Page 320 - Gordon, Harry. Extracts from the journal of Captain Harry Gordon, chief engineer in the Western department in North America, who was sent from Fort Pitt on the river Ohio, down the said river &c. to Illinois, in 1766. Reprinted from Pownall's "Topographical description of North America,
Page 313 - Seven Years' War," and in America as the "French and Indian War." This war was concluded by the treaty of Fontainebleau on November 3, 1762, by which France ceded to Great Britain all that part of Louisiana lying east of the Mississippi River, "except the City of New Orleans and the island upon which it is situated.
Page 301 - The policies of the English colonists and their general government were ever clashing. The latter looked upon the Indian trade as an entering wedge ; they thought of the West as a place of growth. Close upon the heels of the path-breaking trader went the cattle raiser, and, following him, the agricultural settler looking for cheap, fresh, and broader lands. No edicts of the Board of Trade could repress these backwoodsmen ; savages could and did beat them back for a time, but the annals of the border...
Page 163 - Some of them, that are called familyboats, and used by families in descending the river, are very large and roomy, and have comfortable and separate apartments, fitted up with chairs, beds, tables, and stoves. It is no uncommon spectacle to see a large family, old and young, servants, cattle, hogs, horses, sheep, fowls, and animals of all kinds, bringing to recollection the cargo of the ancient ark, all embarked, and floating down on the same bottom. Then there are what the people call " covered...
Page 101 - The long winter evenings were rather tedious, and in order to make them pass more smoothly, by great exertion I purchased a share in the Belpre library, six miles distant. From this I promised myself much entertainment, but another obstacle presented itself— I had no candles ; however, the woods afforded plenty of pine knots — with these I made torches by which I could read, though I nearly spoiled my eyes. Many a night have I passed in this manner...

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