Report of the Chief of Engineers U.S. Army, Part 3

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U.S. Government Printing Office, 1879 - Engineering
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Includes the Report of the Mississippi River Commission, 1881-19 .

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Page 2295 - ... which reaches its maximum of development, as indicated by depth of color and redness of tint, only on the Pacific slope. In the dense coniferous forests that border the Columbia, as it passes through the Cascade Mountains, these grouse are found in very great...
Page 2193 - Bidding adieu to Rabbit Creek and its myriads of little scampering inhabitants from •which it takes its name, we crossed a range of hills where bunch grass and springs could furnish food and drink for many cattle, and thon on to the north across the great arid rocky plateau lying to the east of Abert Lake.
Page 2185 - The Secretary of War has the honor to transmit herewith, for the consideration of the Committee on Appropriations, a communication received from the Acting Chief of Engineers, submitting statement in regard to the total amount expended in the prosecution of military and geographical surveys west of the one hundredth meridian now being carried on by this department. Very respectfully, your obedient servant,
Page 2262 - ... sheltered valleys. As summer advances they make their way higher and higher up on the mountain sides, where they inhabit preferably the aspen groves. The species begins to lay in the neighborhood of Carson about the middle of May. A considerable number of pairs rear their first broods here and iu other similar low valleys.
Page 2196 - ... these in the night we heard strange rumblings in the vast pile. We found the next day that these lava beds formed an impassable barrier extending unbroken for about 4 miles to the north, and at their end were again surprised to find, foaming out from underneath the giant bowlders, the clear, cold river that we had seen lose itself in the lake 15 miles and more to the south.
Page 2276 - Var. guttata next invitee attention. This is characterized by a darker, more rufescent type of color; the streaks on the dorsum are very indistinct, in some almost wanting. The bill is proportionately more slender than in any of the preceding forms. The typical home of this variety is the Columbia River region, coastwise. But long before reaching that point evidence is afforded by specimens of intermediate character of the change to appear farther to the north. Thus fall and winter specimens from...
Page 2292 - Richardson's Falcon. The presence of this falcon was noted in several localities in Oregon and Northern California, and two specimens in immature plumage were taken. F.
Page 2186 - Cortelyou, former Secretary of Treasury, in North American Review for April, 1909.) Hon. James A. Tawney, the last Republican chairman of the Committee on Appropriations of the House of Representatives, made the following statement in 1909 : " In no period, except in time of war, have the expenditures of our national government increased so rapidly, both in the aggregate and per capita, as these expenditures have increased during the past eight years. This fact may well cause our people not only...
Page 2289 - Poorwill. In the neighborhood of Carson the poorwill arrives from the south in the early days of May. It soon becomes generally and commonly distributed over nearly all the region embraced in the present report, being scarcely less numerous towards the north. Both Cooper and...
Page 2292 - ... Another, on the same river, was noticed chasing a night heron. The attack was persistently kept up, but evidently with no intention on the part of the hawk of making the heron his prey. Forcing the heavy-winged heron into the open, the hawk would close in and apparently give the ungainly bird a bullet with his wing, which each time produced a loud and discontented squawk.

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