Reports of the secretary of war: with reconnaissances of routes from San Antonio to El Paso

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Printed at the Union office, 1850 - America - 250 pages
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Page 73 - And there he maketh the hungry to dwell, that they may prepare a city for habitation; 37 And sow the fields, and plant vineyards, which may yield fruits of increase.
Page 79 - ... with alternate beds of large and small stones, the regularity of the combination producing a very pleasing effect. The ceiling of this room is also more tasteful than any we have seen — the transverse beams being smaller and more numerous. and the longitudinal pieces which rest upon them only about an inch in diameter, and beautifully regular.
Page 93 - Pueblos reached the heights they were ordered to scale, they halted on the way to receive from their chiefs some medicine from the medicine-bags which each of them carried about his person. This they rubbed upon their heart, as they said, to make it big and brave; and they also rubbed it on other parts of their bodies, and upon their rifles, for the same purpose.
Page 134 - ... the usual accompaniments of such characteristics with us in the States — it was also, like the country of the States, generally fertile, and covered with verdure. But never did I have, nor do I believe anybody can have, a full appreciation of the almost universal barrenness which pervades this country, until they come out, as I did, to "search the land," and behold with their own eyes its general nakedness.
Page 142 - The intervals were filled with lamina' of a dense sandstone, about three lines in thickness, driven firmly in, and broken off even with the general plane of the wall — the whole resembling mosaic work. Niches, varying in size from two inches to two feet and a half square, and two inches to one and a half feet in horizontal depth, were scattered irregularly over the walls, at various heights above the floor. Near the place of the ceiling, the walls were penetrated, and the surfaces of them perpendicular...
Page 63 - The party were accompanied by three elders of the town, whose business it was to make a short speech in front of the different houses, and, at particular times, join in the singing of the rest of the party. Thus they went from house to house singing and dancing, the occupants of each awaiting their arrival in front of their respective dwellings.
Page 134 - search the land," and behold with their own eyes its general nakedness. The primary mountains present none of that wild, rocky, diversified, pleasing aspect which they do in the United States, but, on the contrary, are usually of a rounded form, covered by a dull, lifeless-colored soil, and generally destitute of any other sylva than pine and cedar, most frequently of a sparse and dwarfish character. The sedimentary rocks, which, contrary to my preconceived notions, are the prevalent formations of...
Page 104 - Moquis, they are still distinguished for some exquisite styles of cotton textures, and display considerable ingenuity in embroidering with feathers the skins of animals, according to their primitive practice. They now also manufacture a singular species of blanket, known as the Sarape...
Page 122 - Passed this place with despatches — 16th day of April, 1606." "J. Apaulln, 1619." "Bartolome Narsso, Governor and Captain General of the provinces of New Mexico, for our Lord, the King, passed by this place on his return from the pueblo of Zuni, on the 29th of July, of the year 1620, and put them in peace at their petition, asking the favor to become subjects of His Majesty ; and anew they gave obedience. All which they did with free consent, knowing it prudent, as well as very Christian.
Page 43 - The Pecos is a remarkable stream, narrow and deep, extremely crooked in its course, and rapid in its current. Its banks are steep, and in a course of 240 miles, there are but few places where an animal can approach them for water in safety. Not a tree or bush marks its course ; and one may stand on its banks and not know that the stream is near.

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