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DEATH VALLEY IN '49.

IMPORTANT CHAPTER OF California Pioneer History.

THE

AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF A PIONEER, DETAILING HIS LIFE FROM A HUMBLE HOME IN THE GREEN MOUNTAINS TO THE GOLD MINES OF CALIFORNIA; AND PARTICULARLY RECITING THE SUFFERINGS OF THE BAND OF MEN, WOMEN AND CHILDREN WHO GAVE "DEATH VALLEY" ITS NAME.

BY WILLIAM LEWIS MANLY.

1894.

Entered, according to Act of Congress, in the year 1894, by WM. L. MANLEY, In the office of the Librarian of Congress, at Washington, D.C.

TO THE PIONEERS OF CALIFORNIA, THEIR CHILDREN AND GRANDCHILDREN, THIS BOOK IS DEDICATED, WITH THAT HIGH RESPECT AND REGARD SO OFTEN EXPRESSED IN ITS PAGES, BY THE AUTHOR.

CONTENTS.

CHAPTER I. Birth, Parentage. Early Life in Vermont. Sucking Cider through a Straw.

CHAPTER II. The Western Fever. On the Road to Ohio. The Outfit. The Erie Canal. In the Maumee Swamp.

CHAPTER III. At Detroit and Westward. Government Land. Killing Deer. "Fever 'N Agur."

CHAPTER IV. The Lost Filley Boy. Never Was Found.

CHAPTER V. Sickness. Rather Catch Chipmonks in the Rocky Mountains than Live in Michigan. Building the Michigan Central R.R. Building a Boat. Floating down Grand River. Black Bear. Indians Catching Mullet. Across the Lake to Southport. Lead Mining at Mineral Point. Decides to go Farther West. Return to Michigan.

CHAPTER VI. Wisconsin. Indian Physic. Dressed for a Winter Hunting Campaign. Hunting and Trapping in the Woods. Catching Otter and Marten.

CHAPTER VII. Lead Mining. Hears about Gold in California. Gets the Gold Fever. Nothing will cure it but California. Mr. Bennett and the Author Prepare to Start. The Winnebago Pony. Agrees to Meet Bennett at Missouri River. Delayed and Fails to Find Him. Left with only a Gun and Pony. Goes as a Driver for Charles Dallas. Stopped by a Herd of Buffaloes. Buffalo Meat. Indians. U.S. Troops. The Captain and the Lieutenant. Arrive at South Pass. The Waters Run toward the Pacific. They Find a Boat and Seven of them Decide to Float down the Green River.

CHAPTER VIII. Floating down the River. It begins to roar. Thirty Miles a Day. Brown's Hole. Lose the Boat and make two Canoes. Elk. The Cañons get Deeper. Floundering in the Water. The Indian Camp. Chief Walker proves a Friend. Describes the Terrible Cañon below Them. Advises Them to go no farther down. Decide to go Overland. Dangerous Route to Salt Lake. Meets Bennett near there. Organize the Sand Walking Company.

CHAPTER IX. The Southern Route. Off in Fine Style. A Cut off Proposed. Most of Them Try it and Fail. The Jayhawkers. A New Organization. Men with Families not Admitted. Capture an Indian Who Gives Them the Slip. An Indian Woman and Her Children. Grass Begins to Fail. A High Peak to the West. No Water. An Indian Hut. Reach the Warm Spring. Desert Everywhere. Some One Steals Food. The Water Acts Like a Dose of Salts. Christmas Day. Rev. J.W. Brier Delivers a Lecture to His Sons. Nearly Starving and Choking. An Indian in a Mound. Indians Shoot the Oxen. Camp at Furnace Creek.

CHAPTER X. A Long, Narrow Valley. Beds and Blocks of Salt. An Ox Killed. Blood, Hide and Intestines Eaten. Crossing Death Valley. The Wagons can go no farther. Manley and Rogers Volunteer to go for Assistance. They Set out on Foot. Find the Dead Body of Mr. Fish. Mr. Isham Dies. Bones along the Road. Cabbage Trees. Eating Crow and Hawk. After Sore Trials They Reach a Fertile Land. Kindly Treated. Returning with Food and Animals. The Little Mule Climbs a Precipice, the Horses are Left Behind. Finding the Body of Captain Culverwell. They Reach Their Friends just as all Hope has Left Them... Continue reading book >>




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