Mastodon, Mammoth, and Man

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R. Clarke & Company, 1880 - Mammoths - 84 pages
 

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Page 81 - ... that in ancient times a herd of these tremendous animals came to the Big-bone licks, and began an universal destruction of the bear, deer, elks, buffaloes, and other animals which had been created for the use of the Indians : that the Great Man above, looking down and seeing this, was so enraged that he seized his lightning, descended on the earth, seated himself on a...
Page 81 - ... of his feet are still to be seen, and hurled his bolts among them till the whole were slaughtered, except the big bull, who, presenting his forehead to the shafts, shook them off as they fell ; but missing one at length, it wounded him in the side; whereon, springing round, he bounded over the Ohio, over the Wabash, the Illinois, and finally over the great lakes, where he is living at this day.
Page 65 - that whenever a new and startling fact is brought to light in science, people first say, " it is not true," then that " it is contrary to religion," and lastly, " that everybody knew it before.
Page 76 - It seemed that the burning of the victim and the hurling of rocks at it, had not satisfied the destroyers, for I found also among the ashes, bones, and rocks, several arrow-heads, a stone spear-head, and some stone axes...
Page 75 - The greater portion of these bones had .been more or less burned by fire. The fire had extended but a few feet beyond the space occupied by the animal before its destruction, and there was more than sufficient evidence on the spot that the fire had not been an accidental one, but on the contrary, that it had been kindled by human agency, and, according to all appearance, with the design of killing the huge creature, which had been found mired in the mud and in an entirely helpless condition.
Page 80 - Forests were laid waste at a meal ; the groans of expiring animals were every where heard ; and whole villages inhabited by men were destroyed in a moment. The cry of universal distress extended even to the region of peace in the west, and the Good Spirit interposed to save the unhappy.
Page 75 - ... that the fire had not been an accidental one, but, on the contrary, that it had been kindled by human agency, and, according to all appearance, with the design of killing the huge creature which had been found mired in the mud and in an entirely helpless condition. All the bones which had not been burned by the fire had kept their original position, standing upright, and apparently quite undisturbed in the clay, whereas those portions which had been extended above the surface had been partially...
Page 81 - The bolts of heaven were hurled upon the cruel destroyers alone, and the mountains echoed with the bellowing of death. All were killed except one male, the fiercest of the race, and him even the artillery of the skies assailed in vain. He ascended the bluest summit which shades the source of the Monogahala, and, roaring aloud, bid defiance to every vengeance.
Page 9 - How like a mountain cedar moves his tail ! Nor can his complicated sinews fail. Built high and wide, his solid bones surpass The bars of steel ; his ribs are ribs of brass ; His port majestic, and his armed jaw, Give the wide forest, and the mountain, law. The mountains feed him ; there the beasts admire The mighty stranger, and in dread retire : At length his greatness nearer they survey. Graze in his shadow, and his eye obey.
Page 76 - ... with larger or smaller pieces of charred wood and burnt bones, together with bones belonging to the spine, ribs, and other parts of the body, which had been more or less injured by the fire. " The fire appeared to have been most destructive around the head of the animal. Some small remains of the head were left unconsumed, but enough to show that they belonged to the mastodon. There were also found, mingled with these ashes and bones, and partly protruding out of them, a large number of broken...

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