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THE BACKWOODSMAN; OR, =Life on the Indian Frontier.=

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LONDON: WARD, LOOK, AND TYLER, WARWICK HOUSE, PATERNOSTER ROW.

THE BACKWOODSMAN OR =Life on the Indian Frontier.=

EDITED BY SIR C. F. LASCELLES WRAXALL, BART.

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LONDON: WARD, LOCK, AND TYLER, WARWICK HOUSE, PATERNOSTER ROW.

LONDON: PRINTED BY J. OGDEN AND CO., 172, ST. JOHN STREET, E.C.

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CONTENTS.

CHAP. PAGE

I. MY SETTLEMENT 1

II. THE COMANCHES 6

III. A FIGHT WITH THE WEICOS 12

IV. HUNTING ADVENTURES 19

V. THE NATURALIST 30

VI. MR. KREGER'S FATE 41

VII. A LONELY RIDE 53

VIII. THE JOURNEY CONTINUED 66

IX. HOMEWARD BOUND 82

X. THE BEE HUNTER 99

XI. THE WILD HORSE 114

XII. THE PRAIRIE FIRE 126

XIII. THE DELAWARE INDIAN 137

XIV. IN THE MOUNTAINS 151

XV. THE WEICOS 162

XVI. THE BEAR HOLE 173

XVII. THE COMANCHE CHIEF 185

XVIII. THE NEW COLONISTS 208

XIX. A BOLD TOUR 224

XX. THE ROCKY MOUNTAINS 238

XXI. LOST IN THE MOUNTAINS 253

XXII. BEAVER HUNTERS 267

XXIII. THE GRIZZLY BEARS 282

XXIV. ASCENT OF THE BIGHORN 300

XXV. ON THE PRAIRIE 326

XXVI. THE COMANCHES 345

XXVII. HOME AGAIN 363

XXVIII. INDIAN BEAUTIES 381

XXIX. THE SILVER MINE 396

XXX. THE PURSUIT 412

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THE BACKWOODSMAN

CHAPTER I.

MY SETTLEMENT.

My blockhouse was built at the foot of the mountain chain of the Rio Grande, on the precipitous banks of the River Leone. On three sides it was surrounded by a fourteen feet stockade of split trees standing perpendicularly. At the two front corners of the palisade were small turrets of the same material, whence the face of the wall could be held under fire in the event of an attack from hostile Indians. On the south side of the river stretched out illimitable rolling prairies, while the northern side was covered with the densest virgin forest for many miles. To the north and west I had no civilized neighbours at all, while to the south and east the nearest settlement was at least 250 miles distant. My small garrison consisted of three men, who, whenever I was absent, defended the fort, and at other times looked after the small field and garden as well as the cattle.

As I had exclusively undertaken to provide my colony with meat, I rarely stayed at home, except when there was some pressing field work to be done. Each dawn saw me leave the fort with my faithful dog Trusty, and turn my horse either toward the boundless prairie or the mountains of the Rio Grande.

Very often hunting kept me away from home for several days, in which case I used to bivouac in the tall grass by the side of some prattling stream. Such oases, though not frequent, are found here and there on the prairies of the Far West, where the dark, lofty magnolias offer the wearied traveller refreshment beneath their thick foliage, and the stream at their base grants a cooling draught. One of these favourite spots of mine lay near the mountains, about ten miles from my abode. It was almost the only water far and wide, and here formed two ponds, whose depths I was never able to sound, although I lowered large stones fastened to upwards of a hundred yards of lasso... Continue reading book >>




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