Journal of a Tour Into the Interior of Missouri and Arkansaw: From Potosi, Or Mine a Burton, in Missouri Territory, in a South-west Direction, Toward the Rocky Mountains: Performed in the Years 1818 and 1819

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Sir R. Phillips and Company, 1821 - Arkansas - 102 pages
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Page 3 - I begin my tour where other travellers have ended theirs, on the confines of the wilderness, and at the last village of white inhabitants, between the Mississippi river and the Pacific Ocean.
Page 89 - ... philosophical subjects. The paper he at that time published has lately been rewritten, and in an improved form has been again communicated to the public in the first volume of the Transactions of the Literary and Philosophical Society of New- York.
Page 53 - Indian considers the forest his own, and is careful in using and preserving every thing which it affords. He never kills more meat than he has occasion for. The white hunter destroys all before him, and cannot resist the opportunity of killing game, although he neither wants the meat, nor can carry the skins. I was particularly struck with an instance of this wanton practice, which lately occurred on White River.
Page 40 - These people subsist partly by agriculture, and partly by hunting. They raise corn for bread, and for feeding their horses previous to the commencement of long journeys in the woods, but none for exportation.
Page 52 - The white hunter, on encamping in his journeys, cuts down green-trees, and builds a large fire of long logs, sitting at some distance from it. The Indian hunts up a few dry limbs, cracks them into little pieces a foot in length, builds a small fire, and sits close by it. He gets as much warmth as the white hunter, without half the labour, and does not burn more than a fiftieth part of the wood.
Page 40 - ... manners, morals, customs, dress, contempt of labour and hospitality, the state of society is not essentially different from that which exists among the savages. Schools, religion, and learning, are alike unknown. Hunting is the principal, the most honourable, and the most profitable employment...
Page 3 - ... paid $5 towards said academy, and who was a resident of the country one year preceding was entitled to vote for trustees of the school . . .''" Schoolcraft visited Potosi in 1818 and in 1819 and both times he was impressed with the town and wrote a favorable description. In 1818 he says: "It [Potosi] occupies a delightful valley, of small extent, through which a stream of the purest water meanders, dividing the village into two portions of nearly equal extent. This valley is bordered by hills...
Page 40 - ... that which exists among the savages. Schools, religion and learning are alike unknown Hunting Is the principal, the most honorable and the most profitable employment. They are a hardy, brave, independent people, rude in appearance, frank and generous, travel without baggage, and can subsist anywhere in the woods, and would form the most efficient military corps in frontier warfare which can possibly exist. Ready trained, they require no discipline; inured to danger and perfect in the use of the...
Page 78 - ... that a very small one, necessity compelled us to pass the night together; but sleep was not to be obtained. Every mouth, hand, and foot, were in motion. Some drank, some sang, some danced, a considerable proportion attempted all three together, and a scene of undistinguishable brawling and riot ensued. An occasional quarrel gave variety to the scene, and now and then, one drunker than the rest, fell sprawling upon the floor, and for a while remained quiet. We alone remained listeners to this...
Page 31 - A dressed deer-skin served up much in the shape the animal originally possessed, and filled with bear's oil, and another filled with wild honey, hanging on opposite sides of the fire-place, were too conspicuous to escape observation, for which, indeed, they appeared to be principally kept, and brought forcibly to mind the ludicrous anecdote of potatoes and point — "As in some Irish houses where things are so-so, One gammon of bacon hangs up for a show.

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