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[Illustration: Mr. Eastman in Costume.]

Seven and Nine Years

AMONG THE

CAMANCHES AND APACHES.

AN AUTOBIOGRAPHY.

JERSEY CITY, N. J. PUBLISHED BY CLARK JOHNSON, M.D. 1874.

Entered according to Act of Congress, in the year 1878, by CLARK JOHNSON, M.D., JERSEY CITY, N. J., In the office of the Librarian of Congress, at Washington.

CONTENTS.

CHAPTER. PAGE.

I. INTRODUCTORY 5

II. THE CAPTURE 18

III. A STRANGE ADVENTURE 22

IV. AGAIN A PRISONER 30

V. THE INDIAN TOWN 39

VI. THE TORTURE 47

VII. WA KO MET KLA 57

VIII. A NEW VOCATION 68

IX. THE "MYSTERY BAG" 78

X. INDIAN LIFE 86

XI. MRS. EASTMAN'S STORY 95

XII. MRS. EASTMAN'S STORY CONTINUED 103

XIII. MRS. EASTMAN'S STORY CONTINUED 111

XIV. HOPES AND FEARS AN ADVENTURE 119

XV. TREED BY A GRIZZLY 125

XVI. SOME CURIOUS CUSTOMS 134

XVII. THE BUFFALO DANCE 142

XVIII. A STRANGE HISTORY 150

XIX. A STRANGE HISTORY CONTINUED 159

XX. THE BUFFALO HUNT 171

XXI. MRS. EASTMAN'S STORY CONTINUED 184

XXII. FEASTS, FASTS, AND FACTS 192

XXIII. THE WAR PARTY 208

XXIV. MY FIRST SCALP 222

XXV. THE FEAST OF THE GREEN CORN 238

XXVI. DANGER AHEAD 242

XXVII. THE ESCAPE 249

XXVIII. A NEW DEPARTURE 263

XXIX. THE "VIGILANTS" 277

XXX. CONCLUSION 290

[Illustration: Edwin Eastman]

SEVEN AND NINE YEARS AMONG THE CAMANCHES AND APACHES.

CHAPTER I.

INTRODUCTORY.

In making my bow to the public as an author, I feel it incumbent upon me to make a brief explanation of the motives that induced me to attempt this autobiographical sketch of nine years of my life. At intervals during the past decade, the country has been electrified by the recital of some horror perpetrated by Indians on white travelers, and those, who, having journeyed to the Far West, had settled, intending to make the wilderness blossom like the rose. Through the medium of the press, the details of these heart rending cruelties were widely disseminated, and aroused the just indignation of all peaceful and order loving citizens. To such an extent did popular feeling rise at times, that farmers and drovers on the border, organized themselves into bands, and on the report of some fresh outrage hastened to the scene, pursued the perpetrators of the deed, and not unfrequently visited upon the Indians a vengeance ofttimes of a very sanguinary character.

In these forays of the savages, they frequently carried off to their mountain fastnesses women and children, who were never heard of more. Thus, when our feelings were harrowed up by the report of butcheries, the tales of life long suffering of the forlorn captives were scarcely ever known. Snatched ruthlessly from the bosom of their families, they were mourned for a time and then they, by slow degrees, faded from the memory of their friends and relatives, and when thought of at all, it was as of those dead. In these chapters I will detail the trials and sufferings of such as these, believing that the experiences of my wife and myself, during our captivity among the Camanches and Apaches, will serve as a prototype of many similar cases... Continue reading book >>




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