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Christopher Carson   By: (1805-1877)

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CHRISTOPHER CARSON

Familiarly Known as Kit Carson

The Pioneer of the West

by

JOHN S. C. ABBOTT

With Illustrations by Eleanor Greatorex

New York: Dodd & Mead, No. 762 Broadway

1874

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Pioneers and Patriots of America

By JOHN S. C. ABBOTT

Each one volume, 12mo, illustrated, $1.50.

DANIEL BOONE

MILES STANDISH

FERDINAND DE SOTO

PETER STUYVESANT

KIT CARSON

DAVID CROCKETT.

Other Volumes in preparation

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PREFACE

It is a prominent object of this volume to bring to light the wild adventures of the pioneers of this continent, in the solitudes of the mountains, the prairies and the forests; often amidst hostile Indians, and far away from the restraints and protection of civilization. This strange, weird like life is rapidly passing away, before the progress of population, railroads and steamboats. But it is desirable that the memory of it should not drift into oblivion. I think that almost every reader of this narrative will be somewhat surprised, in its development of the character of Christopher Carson. With energy and fearlessness never surpassed, he was certainly one of the most gentle, upright, and lovable of men. It is strange that the wilderness could have formed so estimable a character. America will not permit the virtues of so illustrious a son to be forgotten.

JOHN S.C. ABBOTT.

CONTENTS.

CHAPTER I.

Early Training.

Birth of Christopher Carson. Perils of the Wilderness. Necessary Cautions. Romance of the Forest. The Far West. The Encampment. The Cabin and the Fort. Kit an Apprentice. The Alarm. Destruction of a Trading Band. The Battle and the Flight. Sufferings of the Fugitives. Dreadful Fate of Mr. Schenck. Features of the Western Wilderness. The March.

CHAPTER II.

Life in the Wilderness.

A Surgical Operation. A Winter with Kin Cade. Study of the Languages and Geography. Return towards Missouri. Engagement with a new Company and Strange Adventures. The Rattlesnake. Anecdote of Kit Carson. The Sahara. New Engagements. Trip to El Paso. Trapping and Hunting. Prairie Scenery. The Trapper's Outfit. Night Encampment. Testimony of an Amateur Hunter.

CHAPTER III.

Among the Trappers.

The Discomfited Trappers. The New Party Organized. A Battle with the Indians. Trapping on the Colorado. March to the Sacramento. The Friendly Indians. Crossing the Desert. Instinct of the Mule. The Enchanting Valley of the Colorado. The Mission of San Gabriel. Vast Herds of Cattle. The Mission of San Fernando. Adventures in the Valley of San Joaquin. The Meeting of two Trapping Bands. Reasons for Kit Carson's Celebrity. A Military Expedition. The Indian Horse Thieves. The Pursuit and Capture.

CHAPTER IV.

Conflicts with the Indians.

The American Trapper. The Trapper of the Hudson's Bay Company. The Return Trip. Polished Life in the Wilderness. The Spanish Gentlemen. Council of the Trappers. Self possession of Kit Carson. The Camp Cleared of Intruders. Robbing the Robbers. Sale of the Furs. Mr. Fitzpatrick's Expedition. Pains and Pleasures of Rocky Mountain Life. Pursuit of Indian Horse Thieves. Extraordinary Battle.

CHAPTER V.

Marches and Encampments.

The Encampment Among the Rocky Mountains. The Attempted Stampede. Retreat and Pursuit by the Savages. The Alarm. Loss of the Horses. Their Recovery. Enterprise of Kit Carson. Fight with the Indians. The Litter for the Wounded. Union of the two Trapping Parties. Successful Return to Taos. Carson joins a Trading Party. Chivalric Adventures. Attacked by Bears.

CHAPTER VI.

The Rendezvous.

Fair in the Wilderness. The Encampment. Dispersion of the Trappers. Hostility of the Blackfeet. Camp on the Big Snake River... Continue reading book >>




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