Three Years Among the Indians and Mexicans

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Missouri Historical Society, 1916 - Frontier and pioneer life - 316 pages
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Page 267 - Pennsylvania, in the sum of three thousand dollars, lawful money of the United States of America, to...
Page 109 - ... trees, elms, and cedars. These meadows are divided by chains formed of red clay and huge masses of gypsum, with here and there a pyramid of gravel: one might imagine himself surrounded by the ruins of some ancient city, and that the...
Page 63 - Again he fled for life, and the second time ascended the perpendicular mountain which he had gone up in his former flight, fearing now, as then, that the pass might be guarded by Indians. He reached the top before morning and resting for the day descended the next night, and then made his way with all possible speed to the fort. He said that at the time he promised God Almighty that he would never return to this region again if he were only permitted to escape once more with his life.
Page 53 - The mind runs upon beef, bread, and other substantials; but still, in a great measure, the body retains its strength. On the third and fourth days, but especially on the fourth, this incessant craving gives place to a sinking and weakness of the stomach, accompanied by nausea. The unfortunate sufferer still desires food, but with loss of strength he loses that eager craving which is felt in the earlier stages. Should he chance to obtain a morsel or two of food...
Page 130 - Peccas about fifteen miles from San Miguel. I slept in the Fort, which encloses two or three acres in an oblong, the sides of which are bounded by brick houses three stories high, and without any entrances in front. The window frames were five feet long and three-fourths of a foot in width, being made thus narrow to prevent all ingress through them. The lights were made of izing-glass and each story was supplied with similar windows.
Page 54 - Many made themselves sick by over-eating; but an attempt to restrain the appetites of half-starved men, except by main force, would be the very extreme of folly. Had the food been anything but mutton, and had we not procured an ample supply of salt from the Mexicans to season it, our men might have died of the surfeit.
Page 268 - To the true and faithful performance of all and every of the foregoing agreements, we. the said parties, do hereby bind ourselves, our heirs, executors, administrators and assigns, each to the other In the penal sum of estimated amount 'of freight.
Page 245 - I would mention my agency in the Black Hawk War of eighteen hundred and thirty-two, in which I served as Major," he says, "were it not a war in which no honor was gained by any one ; and the history of which, for the credit of the country, ought never to be written.
Page 104 - He and his wife treated us with the utmost kindness and hospitality, and on leaving, presented us a large supply of garden vegetables, with a barrel of onions, which we were not to broach until we had killed our first buffalo, when we were enjoined to have "a general feast in honor of old Billy Bradford.
Page 63 - A few days afterward, when Cheek was killed and Colter had another narrow escape, he came into the Fort, and said he had promised his Maker to leave the country, and "now" said he, throwing down his hat on the ground, "If God will only forgive me this time and let me off I will leave the country day after tomorrow— and be d— d if I ever come into it again.

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