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Crossing the Plains, Days of '57 A Narrative of Early Emigrant Travel to California by the Ox-team Method   By: (-1921)

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[Transcriber's Note: Every effort has been made to replicate this text as faithfully as possible, including obsolete and variant spellings and other inconsistencies. Text that has been changed to correct an obvious error is noted at the end of this ebook.]

CROSSING THE PLAINS

DAYS OF '57

A NARRATIVE OF EARLY EMIGRANT TRAVEL TO CALIFORNIA BY THE OX TEAM METHOD

BY

WM. AUDLEY MAXWELL

COPYRIGHT, 1915, BY WM AUDLEY MAXWELL

SUNSET PUBLISHING HOUSE SAN FRANCISCO MCMXV

[Illustration: "They started flight" (See page 119.)]

CONTENTS

PAGE

LIST OF ILLUSTRATIONS VI

FOREWORD VII

CHAPTER I. Forsaking the Old, in Quest of the New. First Camp. Fording the Platte 1

CHAPTER II. Laramie Fashions and Sioux Etiquette. A Trophy. Chimney Rock. A Solitary Emigrant. Jests and Jingles 13

CHAPTER III. Lost in the Black Hills. Devil's Gate. Why a Mountain Sheep Did Not Wink. Green River Ferry 31

CHAPTER IV. Disquieting Rumors of Redmen. Consolidation for Safety. The Poisonous Humboldt 49

CHAPTER V. The Holloway Massacre 62

CHAPTER VI. Origin of "Piker." Before the Era of Canned Good and Kodaks. Morning Routine. Typical Bivouac. Sociability Entrained. The Flooded Camp. Hope Sustains Patience 76

CHAPTER VII. Tangled by a Tornado. Lost the Pace but Kept the Cow. Human Oddities. Night Guards. Wolf Serenades. Awe of the Wilderness. A Stampede 97

CHAPTER VIII. Disaster Overtakes the Wood Family 116

CHAPTER IX. Mysterious Visitors. Extra Sentinels. An Anxious Night 123

CHAPTER X. Challenge to Battle 133

CHAPTER XI. Sagebrush Justice 144

CHAPTER XII. Night Travel. Arid Wastes to Limpid Waters 160

CHAPTER XIII. Into the Settlements. Halt 170

ILLUSTRATIONS

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"They started flight" Frontispiece

"Fording the Platte consumed one entire day" 11

"Wo haw Buck" 14

"From our coign of vantage we continued to shoot" 21

Chimney Rock 22

"One melody that he sang from the heart" 27

"Hauled the delinquent out" 30

"The wagons were lowered through the crevice" 38

Bone writing 57

"With hand upraised in supplication, yielded to the impulse to flee" 67

Jerry Bush, 1914 72

Nancy Holloway, 1857 74

The Author, twenty years after 100

A Coyote Serenade 109

"Van Diveer's advantage was slight but sufficient" 136

"A sip from the barrel cost fifty cents" 146

"'Stop,' shouted the Judge" 156

"'Melican man dig gold" 173

Pack mule route to placer diggings 175

FOREWORD

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