Astoria. Captain Bonneville

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G.P. Putnam's sons, 1881

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Page 211 - In Rama was there a voice heard, lamentation, and weeping, and great mourning, Rachel weeping for her children, and would not be comforted, because they are not.
Page 22 - While the chiefs thus revelled in hall, and made the rafters resound with bursts of loyalty and old Scottish songs, chanted in voices cracked and sharpened by the northern blast^ their merriment was echoed and prolonged by a mongrel legion of retainers, Canadian voyageurs...
Page 38 - I considered, as a great public acquisition, the commencement of a settlement on that point of the western coast of America, and looked forward with gratification to the time when its descendants should have spread themselves through the whole length of that coast, covering it with free and independent Americans, uncon nected with us but by the ties of blood and interest, and enjoying like us the rights of self-government.
Page 87 - Its little black eyes," we are told, "being forced out by the tightness of the bandages, resemble those of a mouse choked in a trap." About a year's pressure is sufficient to produce the desired effect, at the end of which time the child emerges from its bandages a complete flathead, and continues so through life. It must be noted, however, that...
Page 22 - ... of ice : at other times, he is to be found with his traps swung on his back clambering the most rugged mountains, scaling or descending the most frightful precipices, searching, by routes inaccessible to the horse, and never before trodden by white man, for springs and lakes unknown to his comrades, and where he may meet with his favorite game. Such is the mountaineer, the hardy trapper of the West ; and such, as we have slightly sketched it, is the wild, Robin Hood kind of life, with all its...
Page 20 - A man who bestrides a horse, must be essentially different from a man who cowers in a canoe. We find them, accordingly, hardy, lithe, vigorous and active; extravagant in word, and thought, and deed; heedless of hardship; daring of danger; prodigal of the present, and thoughtless of the future.
Page 26 - He began his career, of course, on the narrowest scale, but he brought to the task a persevering industry, rigid economy and strict integrity. To these were added an aspiring spirit that always looked upward, a genius bold, fertile and expansive, a sagacity quick to grasp and convert every circumstance to its advantage, and a singular and never wavering confidence of signal success.
Page 132 - Here and there were new brick houses and shops, just set up by bustling, driving, and eager men of traffic from the Atlantic States ; while, on the other hand, the old French mansions, with open casements, still retained the easy, indolent air of the original colonists...
Page 37 - He considered his projected establishment at the mouth of the Columbia as the emporium to an immense commerce ; as a colony that would form the germ of a wide civilization ; that would, in fact, carry the American population across the Rocky Mountains and spread it along the shores of the Pacific, as it already animated the shores of the Atlantic.

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