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My Native LandThe United States: its Wonders, its Beauties, and its People   By: (1851-1901)

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MY NATIVE LAND.

The United States: its Wonders, its Beauties, and its People; with Descriptive Notes, Character Sketches, Folk Lore, Traditions, Legends and History, for the Amusement of the Old and the Instruction of the Young.

BY

JAMES COX,

Author of "Our Own Country," "Missouri at the World's Fair," "Old and New St. Louis," "An Arkansas Eden," "Oklahoma Revisited," Etc.

"Breathes there a man with soul so dead Who never to himself has said, This is my own, my native land."

PROFUSELY ILLUSTRATED.

1903

CONTENTS

CHAPTER I.

OUR NATION'S BIRTH.

The Story of Liberty Bell Impartial Opinions on the Revolutionary War The Shot that was Heard Around the World The First Committee of Safety A Defeat which Equaled a Victory Washington's Earnestness To Congress on Horseback The First 4th of July Celebration.

CHAPTER II.

THE WITCH OF SALEM.

A Relic of Religious Bigotry Parson Lawson's Tirade against Witchcraft Extraordinary Court Records of Old Puritan Days Alleged Supernatural Conjuring A Man and his Wife both put to Death Crushed for Refusing to Plead A Romance of the Old Days of Witch Persecution.

CHAPTER III.

IN PICTURESQUE NEW YORK.

Some Local Errors Corrected A Trip Down the Hudson River The Last of the Mohicans The Home of Rip Van Winkle The Ladies of Vassar and their Home West Point and its History Sing Sing Prison The Falls of Niagara Indians in New York State.

CHAPTER IV.

IN THE CENTER OF THE COUNTRY.

The Geographical Center of the United States, and its Location West of the Mississippi River The Center of Population History of Fort Riley The Gallant "Seventh" Early Troubles of Kansas Extermination of the Buffalo But a Few Survivors out of Many Millions.

CHAPTER V.

THE MORMONS AND THEIR WIVES.

The Pilgrimage Across the Bad Lands to Utah Incidents of the March Success of the New Colony Religious Persecutions Murder of an Entire Family The Curse of Polygamy An Ideal City Humors of Bathing in Great Salt Lake.

CHAPTER VI.

THE INVASION OF OKLAHOMA.

A History of the Indian Nation Early Struggles of Oklahoma Boomers Fight between Home Seekers and Soldiers Scenes at the Opening of Oklahoma Proper A Miserable Night on the Prairie A Race for Homes Lawlessness in the Old Indian Territory.

CHAPTER VII.

COWBOYS REAL AND IDEAL.

A Much Maligned Class The Cowboy as he Is, and as he is Supposed to be Prairie Fever and how it is Cured Life on the Ranch Thirty Years Ago and Now Singular Fashions and Changes of Costume Troubles Encountered by would be Bad Men.

CHAPTER VIII.

WARDS OF OUR NATIVE LAND.

The Indians' Admirers and Critics At School and After Indian Courtship and Marriage Extraordinary Dances Gambling by Instinct How "Cross Eye" Lost his Pony Pawning a Baby Amusing and Degrading Scenes on Annuity Day.

CHAPTER IX.

CIVILIZATION ACTUAL AND ALLEGED.

Tried in the Balances and Found Wanting Indian Archers Bow and Arrow Lore Barbarous Customs that Die Slowly "Great Wolf," the Indian Vanderbilt How the Seri were Taught a Valuable Lesson Playing with Rattlesnakes with Impunity.

CHAPTER X.

OLD TIME COMMUNISTS.

Houses on Rocks and Sand Hills How Many Families Dwelt Together in Unity Peculiarities of Costumes Pueblo Architecture and Folk Lore A Historic Struggle and how it Ended Legends Concerning Montezuma Curious Religious Ceremonies.

CHAPTER XI.

HOW CUSTER LIVED AND DIED.

"Remember Custer" An Eye Witness of the Massacre Custer, Cody and Alexis A Ride over the Scenes of the Unequal Conflict Major Reno's Marked Failure How "Sitting Bull" Ran Away and Lived to Fight Another Day Why a Medicine Man did not Summon Rain.

CHAPTER XII.

AMONG THE CREOLES.

Meaning of the word "Creole" An Old Aristocratic Relic The Venice of America Origin of the Creole Carnivals Rex and his Annual Disguises Creole Balls The St. Louis Veiled Prophets The French Market and other Landmarks in New Orleans A Beautiful Ceremony and an Unfinished Monument... Continue reading book >>




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