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Adventures Among the Red Indians Romantic Incidents and Perils Amongst the Indians of North and South America by H. W. G. Hyrst

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[Illustration: A STARTLING EXPERIENCE

The world seemed to turn over and slip from under him, his head struck the gunwale smartly, and he gradually got a dim notion that he was standing with his back against something hard, and his body at right angles to that of the Indian in the bows.]

ADVENTURES AMONG THE RED INDIANS

Romantic Incidents and Perils Amongst the Indians of North and South America

by

H. W. G. HYRST

Author Of "Adventures in the Great Forests," "Adventures in the Arctic Regions" &c. &c.

With Sixteen Illustrations

LONDON SEELEY AND CO. LIMITED 38 GREAT RUSSELL STREET 1911

UNIFORM WITH THIS VOLUME

THE LIBRARY OF ADVENTURE

Extra Crown 8vo. With many Illustrations. 5/ each

"Delightful books of adventure, beautifully printed and tastefully got up." Educational Times.

"Boy readers will find a kaleidoscope of brilliant and picturesque scenes from all lands collected for their benefit." Spectator.

ADVENTURES ON THE HIGH MOUNTAINS

by RICHARD STEAD, B.A. F.R.HIST.SOC.

With Sixteen Illustrations

"Deeds of heroism and daring fill these lively pages." Globe

ADVENTURES IN THE GREAT FORESTS

by H. W. G. HYRST

With Sixteen Illustrations

"The kind of book a healthy English boy will delight in." Country Life

ADVENTURES ON THE HIGH SEAS

by RICHARD STEAD

With Sixteen Illustrations

ADVENTURES IN THE ARCTIC REGIONS

by H. W. G. HYRST

With Sixteen Illustrations

ADVENTURES IN THE GREAT DESERTS

by H. W. G. HYRST

With Sixteen Illustrations

"As stirring as any story of fictitious adventure." Glasgow Herald

ADVENTURES ON THE GREAT RIVERS

by RICHARD STEAD

With Sixteen Illustrations

"Thrilling stories plentifully illustrated." Globe

ADVENTURES AMONG WILD BEASTS

by H. W. G. HYRST

With Twenty four Illustrations

ADVENTURES AMONG THE RED INDIANS

by H. W. G. HYRST

With Sixteen Illustrations

SEELEY & COMPANY LIMITED

PREFACE

These pages describe the adventures of men whom duty or inclination has brought into contact with the Indians of the entire American continent; and, since every day sees the red race diminishing, or abandoning the customs and mode of life once characteristic of it, such adventures must necessarily relate mainly to a bygone generation.

To day the Indians form a bare sixtieth of the American population, a falling off for which the colonist has been responsible both actively and involuntarily. The history of the red man's relations to those who ultimately were to be his rulers is a painful one; massacres and cruelties on the one side led to reprisals of a similar nature on the other. Happily the days of persecution and revolt are now ended; some few of the natives have intermarried with whites and have adapted themselves to the conditions of modern civilisation; others have settled down to an inoffensive and gypsy like life on reserves granted by the white governments. Meanwhile the whole race particularly in the north continues to diminish. It is not improbable that in the days of Cortez and Pizarro the Indians were already a dying people; and that collision with the white invaders only hastened their demise. The result of this collision is melancholy, and the author of "Westward Ho!" has put it all into a nutshell. "The mind of the savage, crushed by the sight of the white man's superior skill, and wealth, and wisdom, loses at first its self respect, while his body, pampered with easily obtained luxuries, instead of having to win the necessaries of life by heavy toil, loses its self helpfulness; and with self respect and self help vanish all the savage virtues... Continue reading book >>




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