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CONQUERING THE WILDERNESS;
Or, A New Pictorial History of the Life and Times of the Pioneer Heroes and Heroines of America.
A Full Account of The Romantic Deeds, Lofty Achievements and Marvelous Adventures of Boone, Kenton, Clarke, Logan, Harrod, the Wetzel Brothers, the Bradys, Poe, and Thirty Other Celebrated Frontiersmen and Indian Fighters; Crockett, Houston, Kit Carson, Buffalo Bill, Wild Bill, and All the Famous Plainsmen; Graham, Sutter, Marshall, Fremont, Kearney, and Other Historic Names of the Pacific Coast.
With Picturesque Sketches of Border Life, Past and Present; Backwoods Camp-Meetings, Schools and Sunday Schools; Heroic Fortitude and Noble Deeds of the Pioneer Wives and Mothers. Flatboating, the Overland Route and Its Horrors; the Gold Fever and Filibustering Expeditions; Vigilance Committees; Lafitte, Walker, Brigham Young, Etc.; Eccentricities and Self-Sacrificing Labors of Cartwright, Axley and Other Celebrated Pioneer Preachers, And Describing Life and Adventure on the Plains and in the Mining Camps of To-day, Including Hunting, Trapping, Freighting, Ranching, Herding, Post-Trading, Indian Agencies, Scouts, Guides and Desperadoes; Immense Fortunes of Western Millionaires, How Made, Etc. Etc.
BY COLONEL FRANK TRIPLETT.
Published in 1888 by N.D. Thompson Publishing Company.
9” x 6” decorated cloth hardcover. Profusely illustrated. 716 pages.
Condition: VERY GOOD ANTIQUE CONDITION. Handsome exterior as shown in photo. Some wear at corners and spine ends. Inner hinges repaired front and back. Text block firm. Text is clean and complete. No torn, loose or missing pages. Very good example of this scarce chronicle of Old West life and pioneer American folk heroes.
This is an exciting and accurate description of the westward movement and the numerous historic, heroic and colorful figures who beat back the wilderness and blazed the trails that a tide of emigrants would follow, first to the Ohio Valley, then beyond the Mississippi, over the Rockies and on to the promise of land and riches in California.
The book was written by Colonel Frank Triplett, who was descended from the pioneer Triplett who went to Kentucky in 1775. The Colonel was an intimate of the Boone family from whom he no doubt gathered the information he includes in his two chapters about their legendary ancestor, Daniel Boone.
Triplett spent years collecting and recording the expeditions and adventures, the trials and tragedies of America’s western pioneers. The result is a series of adventuresome, picturesque, and sometimes bloody accounts of their successes and hardships. They paid dearly, these intrepid souls who sojourned into the untamed wilderness. Sometimes with their own lives, sometimes the lives of their family and friends. Every achievement was hard won and came dear, the true cost incalculable to modern minds which have no idea what it was like to face the prospect of Indian horrors on a daily basis.
These are not bedtime stories, nor flights of fancy. They are not for the faint of heart. These are chronicles of life and death in an unforgiving wilderness. While there were occasions for humor and good fellowship on the frontier, survival remained the driving force. Often it came down to kill or be killed as Indians and white settlers fought to lay claim to the same territory.
The Introduction states:
In American history there are no more interesting figures than the Heroes and Heroines of the border. Bold, dashing, adventurous and patriotic; loyal to friends, to country and to the interests of society, their work was singularly effective in the advancement of American civilization. Seemingly reckless, their efforts were in the interest of law and order, and the people owe them a debt of gratitude they do not forget. Their page in history is as fascinating as it is honorable, and there is a peculiar pleasure in reading the narrative of their wonderful exploits.
The times which produced these heroes and heroines mark a period in American history of absorbing interest alike to old and young. It is proper that it should be so. These hardy pioneers coupled virtue with courage, humanity and love of country with the stern duties of frontier life and battle, and the example of their lives not only interests but strengthens our faith and admiration in human courage and unselfish purpose.
In American pioneer history there are three distinct eras, marked strongly and clearly by three geographical divisions; from the Alleghany Mountains to the Mississippi constituting the first; from the Mississippi to the Rocky Mountains, the second; California and the Pacific Slope, the third. The settlement of these vast regions developed great leaders, whose achievements have made them justly and widely famous. They have a warm place in the hearts of the people, and a prominent one in their admiration. It is appropriate that their exploits should be recorded.
In the present work not only has the vast research been made into all the sources of information regarding “the border” and its heroes and heroines, but the direct and indirect consequences of their actions, their bearing on after-events and in moulding the character of the whole American race have been considered with a philosophic and candid clearness.
With a large and varied experience of plans and mountain life, the author, Colonel Triplett, has been able to clear up many of the mysteries that have heretofore hung around both white and savage borderers, and to show forth, in their true colors, the many historic figures that have aided or retarded Western civilization and progress. Stripping the glamour of romance from many long accepted traditions, he has not hesitated to denounce fraud and evil, whether in high or low places, and has fearlessly exposed all of the villainies whose continuance is an outrage upon a great nation.
The field covered by this amazing book is a wide one, embracing as it does the history of every grade of pioneer; whether of progress, religion, education or conquest. Long forgotten of progress, religion, education or conquest. Long forgotten phases of national history are revived, as are the iconic and colorful figures who lived it – details of whose lives were gathered by the author amongst the villages of the savages and in the camps of hunters, trappers, gold seekers, and elsewhere beyond the limits of civilization. The subject is one in which the author has delineated the truths of history with thrilling descriptions of battle and adventure, many of which came under his own observation, and in not a few of which he participated.
Charming descriptions of sublime and beautiful scenery, laughable occurrences, affecting incidents, pathetic scenes and terrible combats follow each other in rapid succession, and the interest of the reader is never allowed to flag. On laying down the book, every one will doubtless call to mind the old but true saying “Truth is stranger than fiction;” for although in the entire volume there is not a single fictitious incident recorded, yet the most vivid pen pictures of the master spirits of romance “pale their intellectual fires” before the thrilling recital of this ‘o’er true tale.”
This stunning book also features many handsome illustrations that help to capture the spirit of the pioneer age. In order to give you the most accurate description of this fascinating antique volume, I have provided some helpful details below, starting with a summary of the Contents and the numerous illustrations you’ll find here. Further down this page you can see some of the historic images for yourself.
All of this is to help you make an informed decision when offerding. I hope you’ll take a few moments to have a look.
CHAPTER ONE ~ HARDY HEROES: The Pioneer of Civilization * The Mound-Builder * Relics of a Prior Civilization * The Heroism of the Pioneer * The Mission of the Indian * A Doomed Race * Cooper's Savages * The American Ishmaelite * His Warfare * Ideal Indians * Kentucky * The Sign Manual of the Red Man * The Enchantment of Distance * Outrage and Murder * Extinction
CHAPTER TWO ~ THE STRUGGLE AGAINST DESTINY: Savage Idiosyncracies * "Against his Medicine" * A Celebrated French Duelist * Erroneous Ideas * The Result of Hereditary Instincts * Captain John Smith of Virginia * Mental Qualities * The Tide of Immigration * Settlement of Kentucky * The Anglo-Norman * The Battling of Children Against Giants * The Christians' Creeds * Moral Suasion * Brute Force * Hospitality * No Redeeming Traits * The Kentucky Pioneers * The March of Destiny * Opening Up the Wilderness * From Ocean to Ocean
CHAPTER THREE ~ THE INDIANS AND THEIR BRITISH ALLIES: Daring Disposition of the Kentucky Pioneers * The Exploration of Findley * The Inherited Love of Liberty * Conquest of Kentucky and the North-western Territory * A Source of Regret * Our Vanished Heroes * A Power Second to None * The Wonder of the World * The Treasures of Wealth and Art * Two Hundred Millions of People * Capacities for Production * The Young Republic of the New World * Our Revenues * The Arbiter of the World's Destinies
CHAPTER FOUR ~ DANIEL BOONE: The Typical Pioneer * His Character * His Defensive Warfare * "This was a Man" * Date of Birth * Ancestry * His Love of Adventure * His Courage * Two Anecdotes * The Young Hermit * The Panther * His Education * The Lore of the Hunter * Unknown Heroes * Woodcraft * Moves to North Carolina * Marries Rebecca Bryan * His Children * Their Fates * Hunting Excursions * Findley, the Discoverer of Kentucky * Boone goes to Kentucky * A Glorious Sight * Deer and Buffalo * Findley's Question * Capture of Boone and Stuart * Their Escape * Fate of their Comrades * Arrival of Boone's Brother * Stuart Killed and Scalped * Horrible Death of a Comrade * Boone's Brother Departs for North Carolina * Boone Alone in the Wilderness
CHAPTER FIVE ~ THE PICKET-GUARD OF CIVILIZATION: A Life at Stake * Boone's Stratagems * Midnight Attacks * Return of Squire Boone * The Brothers Explore Kentucky * Hardships Endured by Boone * Return to North Carolina * Starts to Colonize Kentucky * Attacked by Indians * Death of Boone's Son * Indians Repulsed * Retreat to Clinch River * Boone Employed by Governor Dunmore * Is Given a Captain's Commission * Henderson's Purchase * Indian Treaties * Boone Cuts a Road to the Kentucky River * Twice Attacked by Indians * Boonsborongh Built * The "State of Transylvania'" * James Harrod * His Settlement * The Territorial Legislation * Boone's Family go to Kentucky * Stormy Times * Boone's Daughter Captured * Rescue * McClung's Comments * Reinforcement's Arrive * Indian Attacks * Logan's Fort * Capture of Boone * Adopted by Indians * Taken to Detroit * British Effort to Purchase * Taken Back to Chillicothe * Preparations for War * Boone's Escape * A Wonderful Journey * An Unprepared Post * Futile Assaults * An Incursion into the Indian Country * War Party Defeated * Return to Boonsborough * Savages in Force * The Siege
CHAPTER SIX ~ THE LAST SIEGE OF BOONSBOROUGH: Unwise Commanders * A Silly Stratagem * Its Failure * The Indians Run a Tunnel * A Counter-Mine * Deadly Aim of the Kentuckians * Savages Retreat * Boone Brings his Family from North Carolina- * Hints of Trouble * The Fatal Blue Licks * Death of Boone's Brother * Boone's Escape * A Bitter Conflict * Girty, Elliot and McKey * Their Plans * Horrible Barbarities * The Whites Outmaneuvered * Death of Captain Estil * Outrage and Murder * Attack on Bryant's Station * Besieged by Indians * Heroic Women * A Supply of Water * The Sally * Reinforcements * A Wonderful Escape * A Sharp Skirmish * The Assault * Indians Repulsed * Girty's Eloquence * Reply of the Gallant Reynolds * A Mangy Cur * Girty's Fury * Retreat of the Savages * A Broad Trail * Whites in Pursuit * An Evil Omen * The Fiery McGarry * Colonels Todd and Trigg * Major Harlan * The Fierce Assault * Boone's Advice * The Ambuscade * Fatal Errors * A Dire Disaster * Death of Boone's Son * Escape of the Father * An Unexpected Hero * The Gallant Reynolds Again * A Noble Action * Retreat from the Field * The Fierce Pursuit * Reynolds' Escape * McGarry's Account * His Fierce Temper * Logan Reaches the Field of Battle * A Terrible Sight * Clarke's Expedition
CHAPTER SEVEN ~ MISFORTUNES OF BOONE: A Period of Repose * Land Sharks and Speculators * A Dastardly Outrage * Kentucky's Shame * McClung's Hints * Byron's Eulogy * Removal to Virginia * Starts for Missouri * Friendly Reception by French and Spanish * Reaches St. Louis * Audubon's Description of the Pioneer * An Anecdote Related by Boone * His Powers of Memory * Surrounded and Captured * Imminent Peril * In the Indian Camp * His Stoic Behavior * His Bottle of Whiskey * Searched by the Squaws * A Midnight Orgie * Savage Revelrie * A Free Treat * The Midnight Shot * The Council
CHAPTER EIGHT ~ LAST DAYS OF BOONE: Anecdote Continued * Warriors Leave * Squaws left on Guard * Become Drunk * Boone Burns his Bonds * His First Desire * Spares the Squaws' Lives * Marks a Tree * A Disputed Boundary * Boone's Tree in question * Trip to Green River * Reflections of Boone * The Changes of Thirty Years * Identifies his Tree * The Law-Suit Won * Conclusion of Audubon's Anecdote * Boone's Debts Paid * Willing to Die * Boone Robbed * A Noble Man * Col. Thomas Hart's Letter * His Opinion of Boone * Attacked by Osages * Forces Them to Retreat * His Want of Fear * Surrounded by Indians * A Close Prisoner * Boone's Petition to Congress * Miserly Economy of that Body * Last Days of Boone * Death of his Wife * Boone's Death * Action of the Missouri Legislature * Kentucky's Tardy Justice
CHAPTER NINE ~ SIMON KENTON: A Wonderful Life * Date of Birth * His Education * A Love Affair * A Rival * Terribly in Earnest * A Battle * Foul Play * Kenton Worsted * offeres his Time * A Second Duel * His Rival left for Dead * His Flight * The Brand of Cain * Finds a Companion * Joins an Exploring Party * Goes Down the Monongahela * Meets Strader and Yeager * Yeager's Tales of Kan- Tuck-Ee * Character of Kenton * In Search of Eldorado * A Futile Voyage * Return * Attacked by Indians * Terrible Sufferings * Voyage Down the Ohio * Abandon the Canoes * A Second Jonah * Kenton Fears to Enter Virginia * Cresap's Infamy * The Paradise Found * Visit to Blue Licks * Settles in Kentucky * Finds Two White Men * One Returns to the Settlements * Horrible Fate of the Other
CHAPTER TEN ~ A TERRIBLE EXPERIENCE: Kenton's Rash Bravery * A Wonderful Adventure * Narrow Escape * A Fresh Scalp * Kenton Remains in the Indian Country * The Captured Horses * Escape * Reach Logan's Fort * A Second Expedition * Too Great Temptation * A Slow Pursuit * Attempt to Swim the Ohio * Frightened Horses * The Storm * A Day and Night Lost * The Height of Folly * Unparalleled Rashness * Their Good Genius Wearied * Love of Horseflesh * Capture of Kenton * Death of Montgomery * Clark Escapes * Blackflsh's Question * Abuse * Tormented by the Savages * The Renegade's Reply * Runs the Gauntlet * Resolves to Escape * Too Late * Haltered * Meets Simon Girty * Brutal Treatment * "What's in a Name?"
CHAPTER ELEVEN ~ FREAKS OF FORTUNE: Girty's Surprise * An Earnest Appeal * Brothers-in-Arms * Effect of Girty's Eloquence * The Reply * The Vote * Reprieve of Kenton * A Time of Rest * The Distress Hallo * Warm Friends Cooling * The New Council * Another Page * Trial * Kenton Condemned * Girty's Efforts in his Behalf * The March to Death * Girty's Last Attempt * Failure * Escape from the Gauntlet * An Irate Indian * A Terrible Wound * Indian Humanity * Meeting with Logan * His Efforts to Aid Kenton * A Remarkable Man * Of no Avail * Driven to Sandusky * The Goal of Death * The Stake Prepared * Another Rescue * Taken to Detroit
CHAPTER TWELVE ~ DEATH OF KENTON: Treatment at Detroit * Resolves to Escape * Sounds Two Kentuckians * Kenton Obtains Arms * A Friend in Need * Start for Kentucky * Travel by Night * Reach Home * Considerations of Kenton's Conduct * His After-Services * Learns that he is not a Murderer * Veitch Alive * Drops the Name of Butler * Returns to Virginia * Brings his Father's Family to Kentucky * Death of the Elder Kenton * Becomes a Major * Two Anecdotes * Coming of Peace * Troubles of Kenton * His Last Campaign * Misfortunes * Goes to Kentucky * His sad Plight * Meets an Old Comrade * The Guest of Honor * A Successful Mission * Death of Kenton
CHAPTER THIRTEEN ~ THE WETZELS: Their Birthplace * Characters * Description of Lewis * A Terrible Event * Taken by Savages * Escape * A Boy's Bravery * On the Trail * Lewis Kills Three Indians * Tragic Death of Thomas Mills * "He Gun Always Loaded" * The Death of a Hero * The Avengers' Oath * The Scout from Wheeling * Retreat of Whites * Lewis Wetzel Alone * Kills an Indian * A Hunt * Four Indians "Treed" * One Gets Away * Murder of George Washington * Harmer's Fury * Captain Kingsbury Attempts to Arrest Wetzel * Narrow Escape of the Officer-Captured on an Island * Pines in Prison * Allowed to Exercise * Wetzel's Escape * Eager Pursuit * Rejoins his Comrades
CHAPTER FOURTEEN ~ OTHER EXPLOITS OF THE WETZELS: Meeting between Wetzel and Kingsburry * Second Capture of Wetzel * Writ of Habeas Corpus * Presented with a Rifle * Harmer's Position * The Red Gobbler * A Feat Attributed co Others * The Dead Indian * Rescues Miss Betsy Bryan * The Daylight Attack * Wetzel's Prowess * A Religious Duty * A Deserted Camp * Death of John Madison * Escape of Louis Wetzel * Goes to New Orleans * Imprisoned by the Spanish * Cause unknown * With Lewis and Clark * Leaves the Expedition * Dies in Natchez * Ferocity of Martin Wetzel * The Murdered Chief * Slaughtering Prisoners * Captured and Adopted by Indians * Goes on a Hunt * Kills Three Companions * John Wetzel * Goes on a Foray * Capture of Indian Horses * Illness of a Comrade * The Halt * A Night Attack * Escape of Wetzel
CHAPTER FIFTEEN ~ GENERAL GEORGE ROGERS CLARKE: His Character and Talents * Judgment and Decision * His Birth and Profession * Arrival in Kentucky * A Captain at Twenty-Three * Personal Description * Final Removal to Kentucky * The Coming Storm * Delegate to Virginia * Poor Policy * A Last Appeal * Disgusted * At Last Successful * The County of Kentucky * Ammunition from Fort Pitt * Clarke's Statecraft and Generalship * His Policy of Invasion * Marches to Illinois and Indiana * Father Gebault * French Allies * Post Garrisoned * Captain Helm * Clarke's Diplomacy * Demanding Versus Sueing * Indian Anecdote * Detroit * Governor Hamilton * A Dangerous Situation * British Marching on Kaskaskia * Clarke's Conclusion
CHAPTER SIXTEEN ~ A TERRIBLE MARCH: Noble Kentuckians * Waist Deep in Water * Unparalleled Heroism * An Inland Sea * Cold, Hunger and Fatigue * On to Vincennes * A Forlorn Hope * The Battle Song * The War Whoop * The Island's Best * The Frozen Waters * A Timely Rescue * In Sight of Their Goal * Captured Citizens * A Desperate Situation * Victory or Death * The Son of Tobacco * Clarke's Proclamation * Old "Rough and Ready" * A Cunning Maneuver * Siege of Vincennes * Surprise of Hamilton * Bewildered British * Indians Desert to Clarke * Stratagems * Fears of Hamilton * The Flag of Truce * A Conference * "Indian Partisans" * Major Hay * Williams' Capture * St. Croix's Son * Execution of Savages * The Deadly Aim of the Kentuckians * Capitulation * Consequence * Clarke's Request * Mcintosh's Failure * Builds Fort Jefferson * Sent to Oppose Benedict Arnold * Authorized to Besiege Detroit * An Indian Campaign * After Exploits * His Sufferings and Death * Reflections
CHAPTER SEVENTEEN ~ COLONEL WILLIAM CRAWFORD: Torture at the Stake * Cannibalism * Considerations of its Causes * The Burning of Crawford * Who He Was * An Ill-Fated Expedition * Skulking Savages * Insubordination * Ill Omens * A Spirited Attack * Fierce Fighting * The Second Day's Battle * A Night Retreat * Slover, the Guide * A Light Volley * The Panic * "Save Yourselves" * The Pursuit * The Indian Tomahawk * The Heroic Dr. Knight * Crawford's Relations * A Foolish Companion * Exhausted Horses * Biggs and Ashley * A Violent Rain Storm * Find a Deer * Another Comrade * A hearty Breakfast * Crawford's Folly * The Capture * Interview With Girty * Empty Promises * Captain Pipe * Wingenund * Typical Indians * The Insignia of Death * A Bitter Enemy
CHAPTER EIGHTEEN ~ THE DEED OF DEMONS: Murdered Prisoners * A Horrible Hag * Death of Captain McKinley * 'Murder Most Foul" * Girty's Salutation * The Stake * The Torture Begins * Indian Devils * Hours of Torment * Incredible Horrors * The Part Played by the Squaws * Crawford's Bequest * Refusal of the Infamous Renegade * Knight's Sympathy * Nature's Respite * The Acme of Torture * The Tale of an Eyewitness * Doherty's Description * Remains of Crawford * Knight's Determination * A Solitary Guard * Mutual Deception * A Pair of Brothers * Tormenting Gnats * Frieudly Offices * A Feeble Blow * A Whining Warrior * A Munchausen Tale * Combat With a Giant * Knight's Dangers and Sufferings * A Glance at the Retreating Command * Its Escape * A Shameful Disaster * Who was Rose? * The Russian Baron * A Noble Man * His Death
CHAPTER NINETEEN ~ COLONEL BENJAMIN LOGAN: His Birth * Appearance * Mental Qualities * A Generous Action * Removes to Tennessee * Marries * Goes to Kentucky * Fearlessness * Defends His Fort * A Gallant Action * The Close-Fitting Skin * A Trembling Giant * The Rescue * A Marvelous Escape * A Perilous Journey * Safe Return * A Stubborn Defense * Arrival of Colonel Bowman * Flight of Savages * Bowman's Expedition * "Carrying the War into Africa" * Heroic Officers * The Indian Capitol * Plan of Battle * Dreary Night Watch * The Village Aroused * The Attack * Logan's Bravery * Cowardice of Bowman * McClung's Account * Undaunted Heroes * A Fierce Charge * Surrounded * Almost a Panic * Logan's Popularity * Death of Moluntha * Our Old Friend McGarry * Logan's Warning * Indians Take Name of Logan * Captain Johnny * Tragic Death * A Furious Fight * Logan's Services * A Noble Man
CHAPTER TWENTY ~ THE BRADYS: Indian Fighters * Samuel Brady * A Warrior at Seventeen * Fate of his Father and Brother * Scout to Sandusky * Quick Preparations * Cautious Marching * Deserted by His Chickasaw Guides * Surmises * Soldiers Mutiny * A Night Adventure * A Bold Move * His Object Accomplished * Out of Ammunition * Brady Chosen Hunter * The Last Load * The Rabbit and the Deer * Startled * The Indian Captives * Brady's Plans * The Deed of a Hero * The Dead Chief * Frightened Savages * A Bewildered Woman * Deserted by His Men * Safe Return * His Next Scout * Phouts and the Good Indian * The Irate Captain * The Explanation
CHAPTER TWENTY-ONE ~ OTHER ADVENTURES OF BRADY: Return to Pittsburg * Nipped in the Bud * Brady Trapped * Joy of the Savages * A Terrific Leap * Safety * Astonished Indians * Another Exploit * Indians Surprised * The Indian Ambush * Brady's Wisdom * Brady Taken In * The Deserted Camp * The Ready Feast * Murdered Comrades * Brady Captured * Marched to the Villages * Runs the Gauntlet * Terribly Beaten * The Stake * The Fires Lighted * The Torture Begins * A Stoic Philosopher * Indian Etiquette * The Barbarous Squaw * Once Too Often * Her Child in the Fire * General Dismay * A Dash for Liberty * Escape of Brady * Reaches Pittsburg in Safety
CHAPTER TWENTY-TWO ~ JAMES AND JOHN BRADY: A Short Career * A Young Hero * Wounded * Visited by His Brother * His Determination * Inglorious Inaction * Armed Harvesters * Brady Chosen Captain * Plan of Operations * The Indian Attack * One Against Many * Flying Comrades * A Gallant Fight * Slays Three Savages * Tomahawked and Scalped * Return of Indians * Tomahawked Again * Crawls From the Field * A Faithful Friend * Immense Vitality * The Alarm * Brady's Noble Character * Identifies His Slayers * His Death * Avenged * John Brady * His Services * Acts as Ambassador * A Stupid Dutchman * Drunken Indians * The Threat *The Convoy * The Fatal Forks * An Old Reminiscence * The Scarred Face * No Idle Threat * Death of John Brady * Smith's Escape * A Marked Murderer * Long Delayed Vengeance
CHAPTER TWENTY-THREE ~ JAMES HARROD: Love of Solitude * Brave and Gentle * His Strength and Daring * His Melancholy End * Date of Arrival in Kentucky * Battle of Point Pleasant * A Place of Refuge * An Encounter With McGarry * An Indian Massacre * Harrod to the Rescue * On an Indian Trail * The Camp-Fire * Plans an Attack * Imminent Peril * A Delayed Attack * The Sleeping Guard * The Tiger's Spring * Kills Four Indians * The Rescued Girls * The Roar of a Lion * Deer Stalking * Nobler Game * A Fierce Combat * Slays Three Savages * Pursued by Indians * His Cunning Stratagem * Between Two Fires * A Wonderful Escape * In the Indian Village * A Hand-to-Hand Fight * Harrod Triumphant * A Colonel's Commission * His Mysterious Fate
CHAPTER TWENTY-FOUR ~ JOHN SLOVER: His Birthplace * Early Capture * Adopted and Reared by Indians * Reluctance to Join His Kindred * Scout and Sharpshooter * With Crawford's Expedition * Left to His Fate * His Flight * In the Swamp * Other Difficultties * The Indian Whoop * A Vast Prairie * Indian Approach * Escapes Observation * The Storm * Lame Comrades * A Skirmish * The Surrender * Escape of John Paul * A Brave Boy * Broken Promises * Terribly Abused * The Gauntlet * An Unavailing Struggle * Tortured Comrades * Crawford's Relations * Fate of a Second Comrade * James Girty's Lies * Slover's News * A Friendly Squaw * Slover's Doom
CHAPTER TWENTY-FIVE ~ BENHAM AND TAYLOR: Conclusion of Slover's Adventure * His Removal * Tied to the Stake * His Determined Bravery * An Opportune Storm * A Miraculous Respite * Delayed Vengeance * Job's Comforters * Terribly Beaten * A Night of Agon; * ATalkative Indian * His Advice * Patience Rewarded * Mental Torture * Free at Last * The Noble Steed * The Chase * Sufferings * Reaches Wheeling * Benham and Taylor * The Keel-Boats * Wiles and Stratagems * A Disastrous Fight * The Captured Boats * A Strange Fatality * Broken Arms and Broken Legs * Co-Operative Labor * A Precarious Subsistence * A Special Providence * The Passing Boat * The Earnest Appeal * The Final Rescue * A Romantic Tale * Services of Benham
CHAPTER TWENTY-SIX ~ MORGAN AND POE: A Venturesome Man * "Elbow Room" * Prowling Indians * A Presentiment * The Three Savages * A Long Shot * Morgan's Retreat * Kills a Second Indian * Rifle and Tomahawk * Hand to Hand Fight * The Unequal Combat * Morgan Down * The Indian's Theft * A Death Grip * The Search for the Knife * The Fatal Apron * The Death Struggle * A Terrible Stroke * Morgan Reaches Home * The Neighborhood Aroused * The Wounded Indian * His Death * Adam Poe * An Indian Raid * The Great Chief, Big Foot * A Band of Brothers * The Pursuit * A Flash in the Pan * A Bold Move * The Panther's Spring * A Fearful Struggle * A Powerful Antagonist * The Kick * Poe Kills One Indian * The Fight in the Water * The Swimming Match * Poe Wounded by a Comrade * Arrival of Poe's Brother * The Loading Contest * Too Great Haste * Death of Big Foot * The Lost Scalp * All of the Indians Killed
CHAPTER TWENTY-SEVEN ~ DE SOTO: Ponce De Leon * The Fountain of Youth * The Arkansas Hot Springs * Discoverer of the Mississippi * Character of De Soto * His Sordid Purpose * Search for Treasure * Wins a Wife * A Comrade of Pizarro * The Spoils of Cuzco * De Soto's Expedition * Mobile * A Heavy Battle * De Soto Victorious * Discovers the Mississippi * Fleet of Canoes * Crosses the Mississippi * Visits Missouri * On White River * An Unbroken Wilderness * Spanish Brutality * Fatal Fevers * Illness of De Soto * Appoints a Successor * Death of De Soto * His Last Resting Place * Fate of his Comrades * A Broken Heart * Donna Anna's Death
CHAPTER TWENTY-EIGHT ~ HEROIC WOMEN: Courage of the Softer Sex * Michelet's Opinion * Story of Jael * The Warlike Semiramis * Boadicea and Isabella * Heroines of America Compared with Those of Other Lands * Part Played by Border Women * Our Duty * Vanishing Veterans * Mrs. Parker * Her Family * A Fatal hunt * The Lying Indian * The Boy Messenger * Preparations for a Siege * The Simulated Voice * Detection * The Attack on the Cabin * An Indian Killed * The Women's Ruse * Its Success * The Volley * The Battering Ram * Another Indian Killed * Flight of the Third Savage * The Women Prepare to Leave * Their Privations * Escape to St. Louis * Search for the Missing Men * A Former Adventure * Its Lucky Termination
CHAPTER TWENTY-NINE ~ BETTY ZANE: The Siege of Wheeling * British and Indians * The Infamous Girty * Surrounded * Promises and Threats * Captain Boggs goes for Reinforcements * Girty's Parley * His Lies * A Destructive Cannon * A Fierce Siege * Noble Conduct of the Women * Indian Artillery * Its Trial * A Disastrous Discharge * Out of Powder * A School-Girl Heroine * Her Brave Deed * The Flight of Atalanta * Escapes Unhurt * The Siege Raised * Flight of the Indians * Mrs. Cruger's Statement * What it Proves * Who Mrs. Cruger was * Present at this Siege
CHAPTER THIRTY ~ MRS. PURSLEY: Obscure Heroes * Want of Opportunity * Suggestive Names * A Woman's Prisoner * A Frontier Fort * The Sully * Ambushed * Flight to the Fort * Bold Thomas Higgins * A Frontier Dare-Devil * His Determination * A Wounded Comrade * A Frightened Horse * The Retreat Covered * Swarming Savages * Three to One * Badly Wounded * Struck Again * Receives Three More Bullets * Kills one Indian * Desperate Situation * Hand-to Hand Combat * Covered with Wounds * A Terrible Tomahawk Wound * Higgins Down * Rush of the Two Indians * A Fierce Struggle * Brains Another Savage * The Search for the Rifle * The Knife Combat * A Demi-God's Courage * Higgins Down Again * A Losing Fight * Approach of Savages * Mrs. Pursley's Prayers * Her Heroic Attempt * A Shamed Garrison * Higgins Saved
CHAPTER THIRTY-ONE ~ MISS WASHBURN: Lovely Landscapes * Mount Pleasant * Gathering Indians * Their Amusements * The Two Spies * Their Perilous Position * Out of Water * McLellan's Venture * Turn About * White's Adventure * The White Squaw * Forced to Kill the Other * The Flight * Discovery of the Dead Body * The Pursuit * Surrounded * A Fierce Attack * The Missing Girl * The Unguarded Spot * The Indian Discovery * A Long Range * A Broken Flint * The Warrior's Leap * The Mysterious Shot * The Gulf of Death * Another Attempt * The Shout of Triumph * Disheartened Savages * The Mysterious Marksman * The Attempt at Escape * A Daring Guide * Through the Indian Village * Safety * Great Hardships * A Brave Girl
CHAPTER THIRTY-TWO ~ MRS. DAVIESS AND MRS. PORTER: Birth-Place of Mrs. Daviess * Removes to Kentucky * The Early Bird * A Rapid Flight * Friends to the Rescue * A Covered Trail * The Wounded Dog * The Enemy In Sight * Conduct of the Savages * A Boy Scalped * The Rest Unharmed * A Woman's Wit * A Long Dress * Forethought of a Mother * Her Intentions * Fate of the Scalped Boy * Terribly Disfigured * Death of Page * Young Daviess * Another Incident * The' Desperado * His Capture * The Skulking Indian * Mrs. Daviess Saves her Husband's Life * Mrs. Porter * Pontiac's War * A Pennsylvania Heroine * The Absent Husband * Indians in Sight * Sword and Rifle * The Sabre's Stroke * Two Indians Killed * The Third Shot * Reaches her Husband * Rifled and Burned * The Indian's Remains * A Woman's Bravery
CHAPTER THIRTY-THREE ~ MRS. MERRILL AND WAR-WOMAN CREEK: The Most Remarkable Feat on Record * The Night Attack * The House Surrounded * A Faithful Dog * The Open Door * Mr. Merrill Wounded * The Barricade * A Weak Garrison * The Breach Effected * A Kentucky Amazon * Her Heroic Defense * Four Indians Killed * A Division * Two Indians Try The Chimney * The Feather Tick * Suffocated-Savages * Two More Slaughtered * The Seventh Wounded * His Flights A Tale of Terror * The Giant Squaw * An Immense Tomahawk * War-Woman Creek * An Indian Legend * A Deed of Blood * A Bereaved Mother * Left for Dead * The Desire for Vengeance * On the Trail * The Indian Camp * The Hunter and the Hunted * A Righteous Fury * Death of the Indians * Rebounding Cruelty * Death of the White Woman * Reaping the Whirlwind
CHAPTER THIRTY-FOUR ~ HEROIC CHILDREN: The Johnson Boys * Childish Play * Indians in Disguise * The Capture * The Camp at Night * Close Prisoners * The Release * A Plan to Kill the Indians * The Little Trembler * A Gallant Youth * Flight Towards Home * The Elder Johnson's Plan * A Wonderful Tale * Incredulity * A Visit to the Camp * One Dead Indian * One Terribly Wounded * Escape of the Latter * Young Darke * Rabbit Hunting * Nobler Game * An Infuriated Panther * Savage Combat * Darke to the Rescue * Desperate Bravery * St. Clair's Defeat * A Furious Charge * Miraculous Escapes * Darke's Appearance * Cuts Down a Savage * His Services * Young Bingaman * A Giant's Battle * A Fearless Settler * Cabin Surprised * A Cowardly Hand * A Wounded Woman * Seven Indians Killed With a Rifle Barrel * Pursuit of Indians * The Premature Attack * The Envious Captain * Reproof * The Childish Prisoner * Brutally Abused * Bold Determination * Attack Postponed * Regrets * Two at a Shot * The Dead and Wounded * The Boy's Revenge * Safe at Home
CHAPTER THIRTY-FIVE ~ MIKE FINK, THE LAST OF THE FLATBOATMEN: Batteau and Barge * Keel and Flatboat * Era of Steam * "Roaring Ralph Stackpole" * Bravery * Their Quaintness * Their Hard Life * Excesses * Fink's Birthplace * Drinking Boats * Shooting Matches * Horse Talk * Jokes Made to Laugh at * An Adventure at Westport * The Quiet Stranger * Pink Furious * The Ground Scuffle * Fink Whipped * "Calf Rope" * Ordered to Leave * Feats of Marksmanship * The Negro's Heel * A Genteel Boot * Fink Jealous * The Nest of Leaves * Peg's Punishment * Talbot and Carpenter * Up the Missouri * Trapping * The Quarrel^The Reconciliation * A Brutal Murder * The Unlucky Boast * Retribution * Death of Talbot
CHAPTER THIRTY-SIX ~ BILL MEDLEY: A Typical Boatman * A Gigantic Kentuckian * The Under Dog * "Cock of the Walk" * His Strength and Skill * Pure Whisky * Gambling * New Orleans in Flat-Boating Days * Saloons * "The Swamp"- Mother Colby's "Shore Nuff Hotel" * "Ride and Tie" * Poling and Cordelling * Neetmok * Natchez Under the Hill * Bowie's Battle * The Bowie Knife * Its Christening * Sedley's Exploit * A Famous Combat * The Cortinas Brothers * Desperadoes * Cleaned Out by Gamblers * The Cheat Detected * "I'm a Salt River Roarer" * The Door Barred * "The Painter's Playmate" * The Roar of Combat * Two to One * The Open Door * The Dying Gamblers * Sedley's Invitation * Sedley's Wounds Dressed * Flight to Kentucky * Reforms * A Good Old Age
CHAPTER THIRTY-SEVEN ~ THE PIONEER PREACHER: "The Glad Tidings" * Their Bravery * "Another for Hector" * Their Influence * The First Temples * Their Congregations * Rude Furniture * A Typical Pioneer Preacher * Peter Cartwright * Birth and Youth * Removal to Kentucky * Camp in the Wilderness * The Indian Spy * A Vigilant Sentinel * Survivor of the Indian Ambush * Murdered Families * Righteous Retribution * A Hard Youth * Cane Ridge * The First Camp-Meeting * Strength of the Western Church * James Haw and Benjamin Ogle * A Laughable Occurrence * The Sleeper * The Trained Lamb * The Challenge * The Collision * "Take Up Your Cross" * The Dutch Disciple
CHAPTER THIRTY-EIGHT ~ PETER CARTWRIGHT: The "Jerks" * A Strange Affection * Its Treatment * A Believer in Voodoo * Threatened Vengeance * Put to Flight * Killed by the Jerks * The lying Jew * Cartwright's Flood * The Physician Convinced * A Two-sided Illustration * The City Preacher * General Jackson in Church * Cartwright's Retort * On a Trip * Finds a Pistol * Adventure With a Highwayman * The Robber Dismayed * The Toil-Gate Bully * Finds the Wrong Man * The Frightened Negro * Through the Gate * The Furious Landlord * Cartwright Incensed * Catching a Tartar
CHAPTER THIRTY-NINE ~ PIONEER INCIDENTS: A Steamboat Trip * The Old "Velocipede" * Cartwright's Companion * Untimely Zeal * Major offerdle * Killing Time * Captain Waters * Proposal For Debate * Disputed Authorities * Waters Loses his Temper * The Row * Cartwright's Champion * Fast Friends * A "Close" Brother * A Miser Reproved * Proud Preachers * The Reform * An Illinois Xantippe * A Kind Husband * Cartwright's Visit * A Nice Christian * Ejected * Begs to Enter * Repentant * Plain Words * Soundly Converted * Opinion of “Hot-House Preachers" * A Joke at his Own Expense * Description of the Pioneer Preacher
CHAPTER FORTY ~ "OLD JIMMIE" AXLEY: Brutal Bullies * Scenes at a Camp-meeting * A Minister Knocked Down * Rally of the Rowdies * Birkharamer * The Church Militant * The Sheriff's Posse * "Old Jimmie" Axley * A Disappointed Congregation * "Old Jimmie's Reproofs * Bad Conduct * The Noisy Man * The Vain Girl * The Sleepy Individual * The Tobacco Chewer * Better Behavior * Earnest and Honest * Primitive Churches * Their Accommodations * The Music * Innovations of Young America * Glendenning's March" * Another Anecdote of Peter Cartwright * Scoffers * "Another Sinner Down" * Converted
CHAPTER FORTY-ONE ~ PIONEER SCHOOLS AND SUNDAY SCHOOLS: Log Cabin School-Houses * The Seat of Honor * Clay, Calhoun and Webster * The Pioneer Pedagogue * Solomon's Maxim * The Scholars * The Unlucky Boy * The Mischievous Scholar * The Little Belle * Chinese Civilization * Macaulay's New Zealander * Golden Youth * The Pioneer Sunday School * Its Scope * Love and Duty * The Teachers * Tender Maidens * Enthusiastic Praises * The Bible Class * Future Statesmen * "Mother's in Israel" * Sunday-School Missionary Labor * "Pike's Run" * Ingersoll's Labor * Cheerful Givers * An Acceptable Present * The Horse Jockey * Petty Thieving * A Perfect Success * A Church Formed
CHAPTER ONE ~ THE PLAINS: Necessary Excitement * Adam Poe's Remark * Kentucky's Halcyon Days * The Pioneer Trapper * A Bare Poll * Lewis Wetzel's Imprisonment * Robert McLellan * Leatherstockings * The Pawnees * The Great American Desert * Childish Longings * Trapping and Hunting * Day Dreams * Indians, Half-Breeds and "Squaw Men" * Scholars and Desperadoes * Mountain Men * Rare Surgeons * A Rude Operation * Ranchmen and Ranches * The Dug-Out * Plains Architecture * Adobes * Merchants and Merchandise * Trading Cattle * Fresh Steers * Plundered Pilgrims * A Remunerative Trade
CHAPTER TWO ~ PLAINS CHARACTERS: Indian Traders * Jack Morrow * Corlew and Kirby * "The Pilgrim" * His Other Cognomens * His Salutation * The Bull whacker * Whips and Tricks * Gamblers * The Stage Driver * An Autocrat * Indian Courtesans * Savage Customs * Old Jo Rouofferoux * Vanished Seas * Imperishable Cedars * Sunken Canons * Indian Legends * Grasses * Trees * Their Use as Sepulchres * Willow and Cactus * Plains Game * A Happy Family * Prairie Dogs and Their Guests * The Amiable Pole-Cat * A Deadly Poison * Certain Death * A Sordid Creature * The Buffalo Hunter * His Greed for Money * Home of the Buffalo * Railway Corporations * Prospectors * Amateur Plainsmen * Men In Buckskin
CHAPTER THREE ~ INDIAN ATROCITIES: Plains Cities * Dead Men for Breakfast * Well Filled Graveyards * The Pet of the Bureau * A Terrible Fate * The Western Ishmaelite * Old Bob Carson * His Lonely Grave * The Camp of Death * Horrible Outrages * The Indian's Reward * Infamy of the Indian Department * A Refuge of Thieves and Imbeciles * Responsible for Rapine and Murder * Duty of Congressmen * Itching Palms * Thieving Agents * Incompetent Commissions * The Agent's Agents * Junketing * A Passing Pageantry * The Early Trappers * Their Lives and Hardships * Who They Were * Bogus Pathfinders * The Jesuit * Gold Discovery * A Solitary Life * Rugged Grandeur * Extravagant Ideas * Mountain Camps * Bonanza Kings * Scientists
CHAPTER FOUR ~ ROBERT M'LELLAN: Early Plains Pioneers^ A Former Scout * His Strength and Agility * Kennan's Feat * Innumerable Adventures * Reckless Bravery * The Night Attack * May Butchered * Wells and McLellan Wounded * Four Indians Killed * Another Adventure * The White Indian * A Venturesome Leap * Providential Escape * Clark Meets McLellan * Opinion of Rival Traders * A Lucrative Business * Valuable Information * Two Paths in Life * Partnership With Crooks * Envious Rivals * Indian Demands * McLellan's Obstinacy * Manuel Lisa * The Sioux Raid * McLellan's Daring Feat * Leaves His Post * Meets and Joins Another Party * "A Sop to Cerebus" * Up the River * La Cotah Land * Lisa's Proposal * Hunt's Artillery * Salutary Effect * Presents * Indian Hypocricy * Irate Savages * The Arickaras * A Friendly Greeting
CHAPTER FIVE ~ A TERRIBLE MARCH: Object of the Arickaras * Unwelcome News * Lisa's Arrival * McLellan's Restraint * More Trickery of Lisa * McLellan Lays Down the Law * A Warning * Its Good Effect * A Terrible Undertaking * Lisa's Prophecy * The Big Horn Mountains * The Friendly Cheyennes * Well Deserved Presents * The Adieu * A Description of the Crows * Horse Trading * Increasing Difficulties * Days of Danger * Nights of Torment * Mad River * Abundance of Game * Resume Their Journey * Henry's Post * Voyage Down Mad River * The Rapids * Terrible Whirlpools * The Way Blocked * Desperate Condition * Separation * Two Parties Meet * McLellan Chosen Leader * Barren Mountains * Extinct Volcanoes * Tortures of Tantalus * Dying of Hunger * Plenty of Game in Sight * An Impassable Barrier * In Despair * The Snow Storm * Camp of the Dying * The Lone Buffalo * McLellan's Shot * A Timely Supply * Reach the Columbia * Fate of the Expedition by Sea * Arrival of Comrades
CHAPTER SIX ~ ON THE RETURN: Hunt's Determination * McLellan's Dissatisfaction * His Obstinacy * The Return Party * Thievish Savages * McLellan's Stratagem * The Night Portage * Furious Indians * The Attack * McLellan's Courage * A Desperate Charge * Retreat to Astoria * Reed Badly Wounded * Dispatches Lost * Another Party Sets Out * Stuart in Charge * Crooks also Dissatisfied with Hunt * Joins the Return Party * A New Route * Visit their Cache * Find it Robbed * A Barren Land * The Crow Country * The Two Spies * Narrow Escape from Massacre * Lose All of Their Horses * Cache their Packs * Journey on Foot * Abundance of Game * Reach Mad River * The Blackfeet * Take to the Mountains * McLellan's Rage * Discards his Burden
CHAPTER SEVEN ~ DEATH OF M'LELLAN: A General Favorite * McLellan's Irritability * A Sad Adieu * Alone in the Wilderness * The Onward March * The Sight From the Mountain Top * Stuart's Tribute * A Deserted Land * A Meager Meal * Traces of McLellan * Despair of Stuart's Men * The Distant Camp-Fire * The Messenger * News of McLellan * The Rescue * The Terrible Proposal * The Canadian Rebuked * Fortune Smiles * Fearful Anticipations * Hospitable Indians * Their Kindness * The Approaching Winter * Nearing the Platte River * Plenty of Game * The Log Cabin * Providing for the Future * Surrounded by Savages * McLellan's Joy * Negotiations * Between Two Fires * Conclude to Remove * Suffer Greatly * Another Camp * The Coming of Spring * Try Canoeing * Unfit for Navigation * The Tramp to the Missouri * Plenty of Game * Stale News * Lisa's Dead Men * McLellan Opens a Store at Cape Girardeau * His Death at that Point
CHAPTER EIGHT ~ THOMAS EDDIE, THE LAST OF THE TRAPPERS: Ashley's Rocky Mountain Fur Company * Character of Eddie * Still Living * A Pleasant Drive * A Fund of Information * Frontier Justice * Indian Revenge * Renegade Rose * His Advice * Ashley's Want of Caution * Eddie's Opinion of Rose * A Crow Chief * Three Men Murdered * Open Hostilities * The Ambush and Attack * Flight for the Boats * Shot and Drowned * This Retreat * Send for Reinforcements * Sioux and Soldiers to the Rescue * The Charge on the Village * The Hand-To-Hand Combat of White Bear and the Arickara Chief * The Village Burned * The Arickaras Dispersed * White Bear Lionized * Eddie and Thirteen Comrades go to the Yellowstone * Winter in a Crow Village * The Blackfeet * Savage Signals * On the Pacific Slope * Terrible Privations * Discover the Great Salt Lake * On the Columbia * Amongst the Utes * A Ute Custom * Death of the Good Chief, Pim * His Burial * A Strange Request * The Return East * Daily Skirmishes
CHAPTER NINE ~ BATTLES AND DISASTERS: Ambushed by Blackfeet * Eddie Severely Wounded * Others Injured * Besieged on a Crag * Blackfeet Beaten * A Successful Stratagem * Baffled Savages * Horse Thieves * The Race for the Pass * The Trappers Win * Thieves Slain * Stock Recovered * Indians Disappear * "Old Bill" Williams' Idea * Adventure of Gordon and Eddie * Indians Outwitted * Eddie's Single-Handed Fight with a Gigantic Indian * Complications * A Terrible Wound * Eddie Triumphant * Five Indians Killed * Seven Men Sent to Santa Fe * Never Return * Others Make Their Way Back to the Yellowstone * In Camp * Amusements * Eddie Returns to St. Louis * Purchases the Old Green Tree Tavern * Marries Miss Clark * A St. Louis Belle * Removes to His Farm * A Large Family * A Beautiful Home * His Children * A Wonderful Man
CHAPTER TEN ~ COLTER’S RACE FOR LIFE: With Lewis and Clark * His Partner, Potts * They Stop on the Upper Missouri * Lewis Kills a Blackfoot * Vengeful Savages * Colter's Plan * The Alarm * Potts' Ridicule * Surrounded * Captured * Colter's Struggle with the Indian * Potts' Folly * Killed * His Revenge * Colter Stripped Naked * Indians Deliberate as to His Fate * Various Plans * The Decision * The Question * Colter's Reply * A Poor Runner * The Start * Surprised Savages * Colter's Disadvantage * A Fleet Blackfoot * An Unexpected Action * The Broken Spear * Pinned to the Earth * Flight Renewed * Half of the Blackfeet * Pursuit Renewed * Colter Reaches Jefferson's Fork * Hides in the Drift Pile * Searching Savages * Disappointed * The Drift Deserted * Colter's Pitiable Plight * Reaches Lisa's Fort * Terrible Sufferings * Regains His Strength
CHAPTER ELEVEN ~ BILL GORDON: A Laughing Philosopher * A Cheerful Comrade * His Adventure at the Arickara Village * Saves an old Squaw * Curse or Blessing? * Camp-Fire Anecdotes * Wondering Savages * Glass' Adventure with a Grizzly Bear * A One-sided Battle * Desperately Wounded * Nature's Medicament * Left to Die * Faithless Nurses * A Great Surprise * Gordon's Ire * An Interrupted Siesta * Smith Finds a Grizzly * She Result * Gets Well * George Yule's Adventure * His Retreat to Camp * Narrow Escape * Old Sloan Range * Lyme Chaney, the Trapper * Kills a Grizzly * Gid Frazier * A Famous Bear Hunter * An Authority on Grizzlies * Gordon and "Old Bill" Williams on a Hunt * Separate * The Shot * The Volley * A Swift Retreat * A Dead Chief * The Last Resort * Trappers Swim the Columbia * Lose their Arms * Reach a Post * Procure Rifles * Return to Salt Lake * A Familiar Voice * Find Old Bill * On a Hunt
CHAPTER TWELVE ~ THRILLING ADVENTURES AND DEATH OF GORDON: An Unlucky Detour * An Injured Comrade * Further Misfortunes * The Blackfoot Spy * His Death * "Old Bill's Remark * Gordon's Prophecy * The Retreat * The Morning Call * Pursued by Blackfeet * A Trying Situation * Sufferings of Lajeunesse * The Fortified Camp * A Courageous Indian * Gordon's Determination * Reaches the Crag * Death of the Chief * Gordon Kills Four "Indians * His Stratagem Discovered * A Fierce Rush * An Intrepid Defense * Retreat of the Indians * Signal Fires * Anxiety of Gordon * Concludes to Retreat * "Old Bill's" Obstinacy * Across the Mountains * Rejoin their Comrades * Attack on the Wagon Train * Indian Fear of Gordon * Their Flights-Daily Battles * Gordon's Death on the Yellowstone * His Prophecy Fulfilled
CHAPTER THIRTEEN ~ "PEG LEG" SMITH: Smith and His Horse, Jim Crow * St. Louis Anecdotes * Inseparable Friends * A Frequenter of Bar-Rooms * The Various Uses of a Wooden Leg * Scattering a Crowd * Reversing a Bully * A Trip to New Orleans * Sleeps with His Horse * Frequents "The Swamp" * Bogart's Coffee-House * A One-Legged Centaur * The Constable and his Posse * Flight from St. Louis * Checkmates his pursuers * Reaches Independence * Returns to the Mountains * A Plains Pioneer * A Desperate Adventure * A Sharp Trick * The Escape * Duel with the Sioux Chief * They Become Friends * A Brave Escort * In a Precarious Condition * Turns Hunter for a Post * Goes to San Francisco * Extreme Poverty * A Common Drunkard * A Pitiable Spectacle * End of a Hero
CHAPTER FOURTEEN ~ "OLD BILL" WILLIAMS: A Native of Tennessee * An Old Scout * A Born Warrior * Rose, the Renegade * One of Murrell's Land Pirates * A Mysterious Man * His Daring Deeds * His Generalship * Conspiracy Against Him * The Crow Medicine Man * The Summons * Prepares for Death * Runs Amuck * Dies Like a Warrior * Old Jo Jewett's Story-- Williams' Anecdote * Kills Three Warriors * His Escape * A Lonely Life * The French Trapper * An Eastern Fable * The Cochetopa Pass * Leroux's Account of Fremont's Blunder * The Old Ute Indian Who Knew Williams * His Description of "Old Bill" * A Running Fight * A Six Day's Retreats-No Surrender * The Death Wound * A Sad Fate * The Faithful Steed * The Double Burial
CHAPTER FIFTEEN ~ JIM BRIDGER: Born in Illinois * A Poor Family * Hard Knocks * Miserable Death of his Brother in St. Louis * Seeks the Wilderness * A Brave Borderer * Adventure with the Blackfee * A Captive * Released * A Love Affair * His Blackfoot Bride * With Milton Sublette * Wounded by an Arrow * Returns to St. Louis for Surgical Aid * Jim Beckwith * A Lurid Liar * Some of His Anecdotes * A Laughable Combat * Dog Eat Dog * The Flight for Camp * Running Around a Mountain * Varicose Veins * A Hundred Scalps * Bridger's Battle on the Plains * In Search of Succor * The Night Combat * The Trapper's Camp * The Rescue * Routed Redskins * Builds Fort Bridger * A Noted Stopping Place * Beauvais and Mon,teau * A Modest Hero * Death of Bridger
CHAPTER SIXTEEN ~ BILL BENT AND OTHERS: Charles Bent, Governor of New Mexico * His Murder * Fate of Waldo, Lee and Others * A Forty Days' Battle with Comanches * Bill Bent to the Rescue * The Noble Ewing Young * Coates and Waldo * Young's second Battle * Kit Carson's Maiden Effort * Desperate Adventure of Bill Bent and Two Others * Beat off a Hundred and Fifty Indians * Leave Arizona * Boggs' Danger * His Rescue * Death of Pratte anu Papin * The Ambush * Hard Fighting * Escape and Sufferings of the Traders * Terrible Exhaustion * Murder of Monroe and McNeice * Revenge of their Comrades * Hostilities Begun * Le Grand's Party * Attack on Captain Means * Retreat * Horrible Sufferings * Attacked by Coyotes * Saved from Starvation * The Timely Succor * Legitimate Prey
CHAPTER SEVENTEEN ~ BENT’S ADVENTURES IN NEW MEXICO: Daring Spirits * An Extended Field * The Military Escort * The National Boundary * Attacked by Savages * Noble Conduct of Major Riley * Dispirited Indians * They Raise the Siege * Charles Bent's Rescue of a Comrade * The Gallant Nine * Death of Lamb * General Viscarro * Indian Treachery * Rescued by the Traders * Noble Act of a Pueblo Indian * Riley on the Arkansas * A Cowardly Captain * The Two Escorts Meet * Military Courtesies * Bent's Fort * Its Hunter * General Kearney * Colonels Snively and Warfleld * Bent's Fort Besieged * Deserters * Bill Bent in Sight * His Fury * His Arapaho Friend, Yellow Bear * Neetmok * The Wagon Train * The Gathering Storm * Flight of the Indians * The Savage Videttes * Their Picket System * Bent Moves to Missouri * Restraints of Civilization * His Daughter Marries * His Sons * Cheyenenne Leaders * Mixed Breeds
CHAPTER EIGHTEEN ~ ADVENTURES OF J. S. SMITH, THE TRAPPER: A Celebrated Trapper * His Description * Wonderful Adventures * The First American to Reach California Overland * Site of His Camp * Returns to Green River * Retakes a Stolen Horse * Blackbird, the Omaha Chief * A Red Despot * A Great Medicine Man * Unlucky Rivals * His Methods of Trade * A Season of Remorse * General Joy * His Rival, Little Bow * Death of Blackbird * Curious Burial * The Ceremonies * Human Sacrifices to the Great Star (Venus) * Smith's Testimony * Second Trip to California * Continual Battling * Besieged in Camp * A Desperate Charge * The Survivors * Enter California * Arrested by the Spaniards * Released * Frightened Jesuits * On to the North * Indian Attacks * The Massacre * Escape of Smith * Returns to St. Louis * Sells Out of the Fur Company * Gold Discovery * Starts for Santa Fe * Ominous Warnings * Waylaid by the Savages * His Death on the Cimmaron * A Remarkable Man * Account of Comrades * A Noble Pioneer
CHAPTER NINETEEN ~ THE SUBLETTES: Character of these Men * Early Death of John * A Doomed Family * Grand-Sous of Colonel Whitley * The Slayer of Tecumseh * A Disputed Honor * William Sublette's Start in Life * His Many Battles * Richard Dowling, his Friend * Genial Character of Sublette * A Partner of Robert Campbell * Campbell a Trapper * Connection with the Mountain Men * Dausman and Rolette * Half Brothers Contrasted * Mountain Pioneers * A Source of Wealth * Sublette's Narrow Escape from Death * At the Great Salt Lake * Sublette and Boudinot * Origin of the Cheyennes * A Mysterious Race * Two Accounts * A Crafty Tribe * Too Ambitious * Their Downfall * Priestcraft * Jo Jewett and E-Tay No-Pah * The Dog Soldiers * A Dangerous Buffalo Hunt * The Surprise * The Indian Buffalo Hunt * An Unpleasant Situation * The Coming of Night and Safety * Provisions * Retreat to the Mountains * A Nocturnal Life * Leave the Hills * Other Skirmishes * Boudinot Wounded * Joined by Milton Sublette
CHAPTER TWENTY ~ JACKSON, SUBLETTE AND SMITH: The New Fur Company * Energy of its Members * Extended Field of Operations * Profits of the Indian Trade * The First Wagon to Cross the Rockies * Prairie Schooners * The White Buffalo * An Old Friend in a New Guise * An Albino Brute * Government Trains * Change of Motors * Manifest Destiny * William Sublette's Diary * A Life of Danger * Thieving Utes * The Chase *At Bay * Sublette's Fight with Two Indians * Kills Both * Sublette Covers His Tracks * His Work Attributed to the Sioux * On the War-Path * Sublette Leaves * Milton Sublette * A Brave Man * Crow Horse-Thieves * Three of them Killed * Begin Hostilities * Fight with the Blackfeet * Sublette's Ankle Broken * Amputates His Own Leg * The Operation * An Impromptu Surgeon * Other Adventures * William Dies in Philadelphia * Death of Milton at St. Louis * Sullivan Sublette * Goes to Santa Fe * A Novel Vocation * The Scalp Bounty * A Reckless Hero * Seven Against One Hundred and Fifty * Sullivan Sublette and Arthur Black * Their Fight with Blackfeet * Their Flight * Black's Terrible Wound * Rescued by Sublette * Dies in St. Louis * Death of Sullivan Sublette
CHAPTER TWENTY-ONE ~ ASHLEY, HENRY AND OTHERS: Political Honors * Jack Morrow * Sam Machette * Will Kirby * Bill Gaw * Leo Pallardy * The Houstons * Raymond * Hunter * Cavender * Hank Clifford * Morrow's Career * Not Above Suspicion * The Cheyenne War * Horrible Barbarity * Old Bob Carson * The Captured Team * A Fate Worse than Death * Indian Stoicism * Poker Playing Committees * Jackson * Ashley * Henry * Bissonette * Godey * Their Deaths * Fitzpatrick * Anecdotes * James Little * The Dinner * An Irate Irishman * Fitzpatrick's Squaw * His Death * Leroux * Lisa's Wife * Fontenelle * Old Jo Jewett * Ohio Patti * Mysterious Death * William Waldo * His Death * The Last Link
CHAPTER TWENTY-TWO ~ THE MORMONS: Their Beastly Sensuality * Undeniable Industry * Their Religion * Bare-Faced Frauds * Ignorant Converts * Joe Smith * A Thieving Well-Digger * "The Manuscript Found" * Spanlding's Novel-- Stolen by Smith * Uses it as His Bible * Examples * Thieves and Thugs * Horrible Rites * Lust and Murder * How the Church was Formed * Revelations * John the Baptist * Smith's Bank * The Permanent Zion * Wax Rich and Numerous * Enraged Missourians * Drive Out the Mormons * Nauvoo, Illinois * Their Power * Crimes * The Ulinoisans Rise Against Them * Death of Joseph and Hyrum Smith * Flight to Nebraska * Brigham Young * The New Leader * A New Zion * The Danites * First Organized * Mormon System of Murder * Their Tools * Fillmore's Folly * John D. Lee's Accomplices in Murder * A Terrible Deed
CHAPTER TWENTY-THREE ~ THE MOUNTAIN MEADOW MASSACRE: A Doomed Band * In Search of Succor * Mormons Unmasked * A Desperate Defense * Repeated Charges * Swarming Savages * Two Heroes * Tribute from the Infamous Lee * Ammunition Runs Low * The Flag of Truce * The Parley * Promises * The Mormon Council * A Mormon Bishop * Plan of the Massacre * The Signal * "Do Your Duty" * Attack on Unarmed Men, Women and Children * Sick and Wounded Butchered * Incidents of This Horror * Names of the Participants * Escape of Three Men * Pursued and Killed * The Captive Girls * Their Butchery * Searching the Dead * Mutual Recriminations * Accursed Ground * Tardy Justice * A Single Participant Punished * A Murderer In Congress * Character of Lee * Young's Infamy * A Selfish Beast * His Course * His Gluttony * A Fatal Feast * Death of a Doe
CHAPTER TWENTY-FOUR ~ BUFFALO BILL: His Birth and Childhood * His Character * Classed with Wild Bill * Character of the Latter * A Coward and a Murderer * His Quarrel With Bill Thompson * Biographical Lies * A Plucked Gambler * Adventure at Junction City * Whipped by a Carpenter * His Death * Cody Leaves Iowa * His Life in Missouri * Moves to Kansas * With Russel, the Freighter * Acts as Herder * On the Plains * Kills an Indian * Goes to Utah * Train Captured by Indians * Winters at Fort Bridger * Sufferings * Returns to the States * Surrounded by Savages * The Three Heroes * Rescued * Tries Trapping * A Broken Leg * Imminent Dangers * Saved * Rides Pony Express * The Civil War * Chandler's Horse Thieves * The Red Legs * Death of His Mother * Takes to Drink * Volunteers * Services * Marries * Keeps Hotel * Becomes a Scout
CHAPTER TWENTY-FIVE ~ ADVENTURES OF BUFFALO BILL: With the Tenth Cavalry * On a Scout * Colored Troops * Charge of the Indians * Artillery Captured * Retaken * Cody's Coolness * The City of Rome * A Real Estate Speculation * Too Greedy * The Rival Town * With Captain Graham * A Surprise Spoiled * Kills Four Thousand Buffalos * Buffalo Hunting * Travelers' Tales * Treed on the Plains * Fakes * Chased by Indians * A Close Call * Put to Flight * A Desperate Adventure * The Buffalo Killing Match * Cody Triumphant * The Tables Turned * Captured by Santanta * An Old Miscreant * Outwits the Savages * Escapes * Santanta in Prison * An Anxious Question * Suicide * A Pompous Colonel * Game Transporting Itself * The Angry Officer * Village Surprised * Stubborn Fight * Cody Kills Tall Bull * His Race Horse * Guide for Grand Duke Alexis * Buntline's Drama * A Lucky Hit * Guide for Carr * Kills Yellow Hand * Mimic Combats * The Real and the Ideal * Prairie Fires * Well-Deserved Success
CHAPTER ONE ~ GENERAL HISTORY OF CALIFORNIA: The Spirit of Its Conquest * Commercial Explorations * Extending Our Boundaries * Annexation of Texas * The Dangers of Absorption * Compact Versus Extended Population * Unbounded Ambition * Disease and Remedy * Chinese Immigration * European Paupers * The School of Penury * Squandering the Public Domain * Overpowering Monopolies * The Genius of American Liberty * Unbounded License * Spain * Her Former Grandeur * Columbus * Vasco Nunez De Balboa * Discovery of the Pacific * The Jesuits * A Ripe Plum * Five Walters * Prophecy of De Mofras * A Fatal Facility * Annexation * American Expeditions * A Type of the Times * The Adventurer
CHAPTER TWO ~ JOHN C. FREMONT: At the Head of Another California Expedition * Stirring Times * The Oregon Trail * American Immigrants * Appropriated Experience * At Monterey * A Description of Fremont * His Birth * Marriage * Longing for Notoriety * Want of Dignity * Unbounded Egotism * His Collision with General Kearney * Castro's Duplicity * His Threats * Fremont's Answer * The Americans Fortify * A Mexican Attack * A War of Words * A Battle Without a Corpse * Windy Castro * Oregon * Lake Klamath * Surprised by Indians * Returns to California * Lieutenant Gillispie * Mersite's Capture * Vallejo Taken * Ides' Proclamation * The Bear Flag * Fremont Appointed Governor * A Long Chase * Commodore Sloat * Admiral Seymour * A Sailing Match * Sloat Wins * Larkln's Information * Sloat's Proclamation * A Disappointed Commander * A Potent Adze * The Golden Harvest * A True Prophet
CHAPTER THREE ~ A RAPID CONQUEST: Stockton In Command * General Kearney * Fremont Snubbed * Change of Officers * Stockton and Fremont * Castro and Company * Stockton's Ability * Castro Weakens * Insubordination * A Pompous Lieutenant * Trims His Sails * Kearney as Governor * The Setting Sun * A Short Reign * Fremont In Disgrace * Court-Martialed * Runs for President * Defeated * Fremont's Course Considered * Deserving of Censure * Leniently Treated * Resigns * Golden Opportunities * What Might Have Been * A Disputed Question * A Stubborn Fact * The Forgotten Man * Once More to the Front * A Melancholy Failure * Mexican Revolutions * Spanish Jesuits * Isaac Graham, the California Pioneer * His Adventure * Alvarado * How He Rewards Graham * Long Imprisonment * Mieheltorena * Commodore Jones * Castro * Ides' Republic * Rapid Changes * Population in 1848 * San Francisco in 1842 * Foreigners * The First Newspaper * The First Public School * Pioneer Editors * The First Protestant Church
CHAPTER FOUR ~ THE GOLD DELIRIUM: The Discovery of Gold * Marshall's Cut * Sutter's Mill * The Land of Promise * Isaac Humphreys * "Pay Dirt" * Aladin's Lamp * Bacchanalian Orgies * A Common Center * A Golden Key * Swarming Chinamen * The Man from Pike * "Joe Bowers" * Leech-Like Parasites * The Population Doubled * By Sea and Shore * The March to the Mines * Deserted Ships * An Enchanted Country * Stampedes * Reckless Dissipations * Gambling and Drinking Bouts * "Soiled Doves" * Hard Luck * "God's Country" * Shipwreck * Deaths at Sea * Cut Off by Savages * Death by Famine * The Trail of Skeletons * Fabulous Prices * A Speculation in Carpeting * A Sudden Fortune
CHAPTER FIVE ~ CALIFORNIA CHARACTERS AND WONDERS: Prevalence of Crime * Judge Lynch * Penalty for Theft * American Desperadoes * Sidney Ducks * Vox Populi * Concert Saloons * Braves * "Boon Helm's Hounds'' * Disastrous Fires * Speculation * The Delirium Abates * Strange Employments * A Confusion of Trades * Educated Waiters * Accomplished Barbers * Adaptability * Towns and Villages * Rapid Growth of Sacramento * Enormous Rents in San Francisco * A Reaction * A Rational Basis * A Prophetic Novel * Islas Carolinas * Size of California * Productions * Riches * Future * Big Trees * The Redwood Groves * Lakes and Rivers * Bays and Islands * Falls of Yosemite * Mineral Springs * Incipient Volcanoes * Geysers * The Sunken Lake * The Tar Springs * Boiling Mud Springs
CHAPTER SIX ~ A TALE OF TERRORS: "The Earthquake's Shock" * A Panic Fear * A Noted Quake * Channels Changed * Islands Engulfed * Lakes Formed * Others Emptied * New Madrid * Dr. Hildreth's Account * Fright of Dumb Animals * Horrible Noises * Forests Disappear * Gigantic Foam wreaths * Volcanic Jets * Funereal Vapors * Boats Overwhelmed * Account of Bradbury, the English Scientist * Shock After Shock * Forms a Lake Sixty Miles Long * The Pioneer Steamboat Trip * Destruction in Java * An Island of Ice * Terrible Loss of Life in Italy * Stromboli * Pompeii and Herculaneum * Jorulla * Cotopaxi * Immense Power * Quito Destroyed * A Chain of Volcanoes * Floridian Meadows * Vesuvius * The Lost Atlantis * Forty Villages Swallowed Up * Lisbon's Doom * Sixty Thousand People Perish * A Navy Entombed * Massachusetts and Martinique * Port Royal Sinks * Antioch's Third Shock * Two Hundred and Fifty Thousand Lives Lost * California's List * San Francisco Shaken * The Inyo Shock * Rivers Ran Backward * Terrible Noises * Appalling Sights * Mount Hood's Fires Lighted
CHAPTER SEVEN ~ THE CHINESE QUESTION: A Social and Political Problem * The Pot-House Politician * Satan in Paradise * Strange Fault-Finding * A Modest Immigrant * Chinese Virtues * His Adaptability * The Asiatic Yankee * A Low Death Rate * Cheap Labor * A Patient Toiler * The Autocratic Servant Girl * The Unpardonable Siu * Household Tyrant * Pagans * Buddha and Con-Fut-See * A Pure Morality * A Noble Hebrew * His Teachings * A Young Prince * His Holy Life * A Creed of Castes * Overthrown by Buddha * The Children of God * To Live Well * The First Golden Rule * A Chinese Philosopher * Amusements * New Year * Theaters * Peculiar Customs * No Politics * Chinese Widows * Polygamy-- Murder of Female Children * Diet * An Old Civilization * Unchangeable * Long Enjoyed Luxuries * Comparison With Other * Leprosy * Fears of its Spread * Prostitution * Necessary Evils * The Strav Woman * Experience of Socrates * Solomon's Wisdom * Aspasia * Omnipresent Courtesan
CHAPTER EIGHT ~ EARLY TYPES OF CALIFORNIA SOCIETY: The Effect of Heredity * The Roundhead * Hardy and Brave * Somewhat Fanatical * Ingenious, Practical, Careful * The Slave of Duty * A Man of Iron * The Cavalier * Adventurous * Graceful * Liberal * Hot-Blooded * Toe Reckless * Romantic * A Worshipper of Honor * Polished Steel * The Western Man * Love of Excitement * A Gladiator * Courageous * A Hardy Hero * The Open Combat * Unbounded Faith * Unyielding Bravery * The Californian of To-day * "The Man of ‘49" * A Cosmopolite * The Swarming Nations * Continual Excitement * Lavish Prodigality * Wealthy Citizens * Condition of California * The History of Gold * North Carolina * A Handy Pig-Pelter * Meadow Creek * Gold in the South * Australia * James Buchanan * "Over the Dump" * Mineral Production * Big Nuggets * Virgin Silver * Prospectors * Gamblers * Greaser Gambling * Wall Street Operators * Bunco Men * The California "Sport" * A Game Man * Backing Against the Inevitable
CHAPTER NINE ~ CALIFORNIA CRIMINALS AND VIGILANCE COMMITTEES: "The Daughter of the Horse Leech" * Messalina, Empress of Rome * "The Serpent of Old Nile" * "The Fairest Helen" * A Firmly Fixed Fact * Her Mission * The Descent of Avernus * The Downward Path * The Frontier Dance-House * A Hideous Wreck * A Companion Picture * The Orchestra * A Fiendish Revel * The Dance of Death * The Desperado * His Aliases * General Character * Playing a Sucker * A Bad Man * A Willing Creditor * The Imitation and the Real Article * offers for Murder * The Vigilantes * "Short Shrift" * The Legend * A Good Thing Overdone * A Zealot * Raoffer Writing * Sowing the Wind * Killed by Casey * An Unlawful Mob * The Mayor's Speech * Cora and Casey Murdered * Sherman Commissioned * Resigns * Appeal to the abcxs President * The Governor Defied * State Arms Stolen * The Attack on Terry * His Bravery * Held a Prisoner * Committee Parades and Disbands * Treatment of Terry
CHAPTER TEN ~ CALIFORNIA DUELS: A Favorite Method of Settling Quarrels * Public Sentiment * Origin of the Duel * Knightly Duty * Penalty of Cowardice * Who have Participated in such Combats * A Singular Duel * The Brute Champion * Sir Walter Scott * Boon Companions * The Brutal Murder * The Faithful Dog * The Accusation * Preparations for the Combat * Justice Vindicated * The False Comrade Sentenced * The First California Duel * Want of Interest * Walker and Graham * Cause of this Affair * Graham's Declaration * The Halt * Particulars of the Fight * Walker Wounded * Disadvantage of a Short Vest * Fate of Graham * With Walker in Nicaragua
CHAPTER ELEVEN ~ JUDGEE TERRY, BRODERICK, AND OTHERS: Woodlief and Kewen * A Fight with Rifles * Contra Costa * The Betting * Twenty Thousand Spectators * Rumors on the Field * An Interference * Woodlief's Wife * The Fight Proceeds * Quick Shots * Game Men * Death of Woodlief * Kewen not Touched * Killed in Nicaragua * Numerous other Duels * Terry and Broderick * Cause of the Duel * Maudlin Sympathy * Misrepresentations * Apology Tendered * A Shoulder-Hitter * His Fear of Death * Too Late to Apologize * Offers of Settlement * False Friends * The Fight * Broderick Falls * Dr. Gwin * In Congress * A Wonderful Career * Goes to California * Political Prediction * A Prophecy Verified * Elected United States Senator * On Fortune's Flood * Re-Elected * Course During the Civil War * Duke of Sonora * Last Days of Gwin
CHAPTER TWELVE ~ COLONEL JOHN COFFEE HAYS: The Texan Ranger * Birth and Disposition * Services in Texas * His Popularity * In Mexico * At Monterey * Compliment to Hays * Anecdote of the Texas Troops in Mexico * Their Bravery * Their Billet in the City * The Lepero Quarter * Assassination * A Boy Hero * The Mexican Desperado * His Assault * Death * The Leperos Subdued * Hays goes to California * "The People's Party" * Elected Sheriff * A Valuable Man * Incident at the Polls * Splendid Horsemanship * Hays' Character * Anecdote * The Negro Desperadoes * Their Threats * Hays Sent For * Does His Duty * Cowed Bravos * Defies the Vigilantes * Unparalleled Bravery * An Indian War * Whites Defeated * Hays to the Rescue * Founds Oakland * A Texan Incident * Surrounded by Indians * Defeats Them * The Cowardly Volunteer * Hays' Advice * Hays in Battle * Storming of the Bishop's Palace * Death of Hays * Reminiscences
CHAPTER THIRTEEN ~ KIT CARSON: Born in Kentucky * Removes to Missouri * Apprenticed to a Saddler * Crosses the Plains * Acts as Surgeon * Cool Nerve * Returns Home * In New Mexico * Goes to Chihuahua as Interpreter * Serves as Teamster * Joins Ewing Young's Party of Trappers * Indian Fight * Enters California * Trapping * Aids the Padres * Indian Slaves * Carson Defeats Indians * Mountain Horse-Thieves * Carson Attacks and Routs Them * Stock Recovered * The Return to New Mexico * Drinking and Quarreling * In Camp on the Gila * In Danger * Carson's Conduct * Disperses Robbers * Another Indian Fight * Cache Their Furs * Go to Santa Fe * Mexican Officials Outwitted * Carson's Spree * Swears Off * With Fitzpatrick * Robbed by the Crows * Indians Fortify * Attacked by Trappers * Horses Retaken * Bravery of a Friendly Indian * Thievish Trappers * Pursued * Disappear * Carson a "Free Trapper" * Great Success * With Captain Lee * On Green River * Horses Stolen * Pursuit of Thief * Overtaken and Killed by Carson * The Grizzly Bear * Bridger's Camp * In the Blackfoot Country * Desperate Battle * Carson Dangerously Wounded * The Reverend Samuel Parker * The French Bully * His Challenge * Accepted by Carson * The Duel * Carson Triumphant * On the Yellowstone * The Pacific Slope * A Strong Party * Fonteuelle * A Heavy Battle * Trappers Retreat * Reinforced * Flight of Indians * The Navajos
CHAPTER FOURTEEN ~ STIRRING ADVENTURES OF KIT CARSON: Description of the Navajos * Brown's Hole * Post Hunter * Goes to the Yellowstone * A Desperate Battle * Carson Builds Fortifications * A Daring Charge * Repulsed * A Field of Slaughter * Continual Annoyance * Trappers go to Salmon River * Try the Blackfeet Again * Attacked * Fight from a Thicket * Indians Repulsed * Retreat of the Trappers * Visit the Flatheads * Hunts for Bent's Fort * Takes an Indian Wife * Meets Fremont * Acts as Guide * Carson Marries in New Mexico * Fremont's Second Expedition * Voyage on Salt Lake * Short Rations * Arrival of Fitzpatrick * Journey to the Pacific * Terrible Sufferings * Joins Fremont's Third Expedition * In Oregon * Lajeunesse Killed * Carson's Revenge * Captures Spies * Dispatched to Washington * Stops at Taos * Appointed Lieutenant * The Sleepy Sentinel Cured * Fight on Virgin River * Winters at Tejon Pass * Old Bill Williams * Laroux * Desperate Adventures * Carson Rescues Traders * Surrounded by Cheyennes * A Man of Resources * Visits His Daughter * Last Trapping Expedition * Drives Sheep to California * A Brigadier General * Death of Carson
CHAPTER FIFTEEN ~ UNPARALLELED HORROR – THE CAMP OF DEATH: The Donner Party * A Good Beginning * The Fiendish Hastings * A New Route * Forty Miles in Thirty Days * The First Death * Ominous Storms * Enter the Desert * Hostile Indians * Loose Thirty-Six Cattle * Wagons Break Down * The Snow Storm * Indians Steal Cattle * Swarms of Savages * Their Malice * Twenty Cattle Killed by Indians * Out of Food * Frowning Fortune * A Scene of Desolation * The Beastly Brin * Precious Water * Cattle Killed by Indians * A Noble Fellow * The Indian Vacqueros * Attempt to Cross Mountains * The Heroic Eddy * A Terrible Snow Storm * Starvation * Eddy Starts for Belief * Mrs. Eddy's Note * Noble Self-Sacrifice
CHAPTER SIXTEEN ~ TERRIBLE SUFFERINGS OF THE DONNER PARTY: Stanton Dies of Starvation * Cannibalism Proposed * Voted Down * Three Others Die * A Horrible Feast * Eddy Abstains from Cannibalism * Noble Women * Deer Killed * Fosdick Dies * "The Camp of Death" * Reach Indian Village * Relief Parties * Glover and Eddy Reach Immigrants * Snowed Under * The Dead and Dying * Mrs. Reed and the Brins * Eddy's Wife and Children Dead * Awful State of Affairs * Appalling Horrors * Mrs. Donner's Devotion * A Pathetic Sight * The Appeal to Masonry * Another Party to the Rescue * The Beastly Kiesburg * Ghoulish Feasts * "Starved Camp" * Hideous Sights * Satisfied Cannibals * Clark, the Infamous Shoemaker * E ddy's Steadfast Nobility * Concealed Horrors
CHAPTER SEVENTEEN ~ GENERAL WM. S. WALKER, THE PIONEER FILIBUSTER: The Golden Tocsin * The "Grey-Eyed Man of Destiny" * Dreams of Empire * Walker's Birth and Education * In California * Description of Walker * His Courage * His Magnetism * Heroic Warfare * The Monopolist, Vanderbilt * Odds Against the Filibuster * Walker's Losses * Resources of Nicaragua * San Juan del Norte * Productions of Central America * In Ruins * Rich Mines * Climate * Instability of Affairs * Beautiful Scenery * Dense Forests * Beautiful Flowers * Lakes * The Natives * Natural Gamblers * Fandangoes * Games of Chance * Cock Fighting * Sunday Pastimes
CHAPTER EIGHTEEN ~ DESCRIPTION OF NICARAGUA AND ITS AFFAIRS
CHAPTER NINETEEN ~ SUCCESS OF THE FILIBUSTERS
CHAPTER TWENTY ~ WALKER BATTLES AGAINST DESPERATE ODDS
CHAPTER TWENTY-ONE ~ DEATH OF GENERAL WILLIAM S. WALKER
CHAPTER TWENTY-TWO ~ COUNT RAOI'SSET-BOULBON
CHAPTER TWENTY-THREE ~ COLONEL JAMES BOWIE: The Texan Era * Why Placed in This Department * Aaron Burr's Duel * Dreams of Empire * The Bowie Knife * The Pirate Lafitte * An Indian Fight * A Fierce Struggle * Savages Retreat * In the Texan Army * At San Antonio * Cross-Purposes * Houston's Line of Defense * In Feeble Health * A Devoted Band * The Fatal 6th of March, 1836 * The Alamo Surrounded * How Heroes Die * Bowie's Noble Defense * Mexican Murderers * A Glorious Death
CHAPTER TWENTY-FOUR ~ WILLIAM BARRETT TRAVIS, THE HERO OF THE ALAMO: School Teacher and Lawyer * In Texas * Escapes Arrest * A Capture * Houston's Error * In Command at San Antonio * Asks for Reinforcements * Brave and Skillful * His Determination * A Call for Aid * The Doomed Alamo * A Noble Mexican * The Final Charge * Heroic Defenders * The Alamo Taken * A Bloody Massacre * Major Evan's Daring * Death of Travis * The Tragedy Over * Inhuman Vengeance * A Rude but Heroio Monument * Stirring Inscriptions
CHAPTER TWENTY-FIVE ~ ELLIS P. BEAN AND OTHERS: A Young Adventurer * Leaves Home * Shipwrecked * Goes to Texas * Captured * Chained * In Prison * A Universal Genius * Shoemaker, Hatter and Quarryman * His Escape * Betrayed * Recapture * Builds Powder Mills * Gains His Liberty * With the Patriot-Priest, Morelos * Brave and Noble * Embassador to the United States * Sails with Lafltte * Serves at the Battle of New Orleans * Visits Home * Indian Agent for Texas * His Marriage * Other Heroes
CHAPTER TWENTY-SIX ~ DAVY CROCKETT: A Gallant Soul * A Youth of Poverty * Boyish Hardships * Homesick * His Education * Runs Away * His Return * His Labor * Courtships * Marriage * A Soldier * Politician * Goes to the Legislature * Elected Colonel * Becomes a Justice of the Peace * In Congress * His Ready Wit * A Yankee Trick * Electioneering * Goes West * His Defeat * Last Speech to His Constituents * Starts for Texas * The Thimble-Rigger * The Bee Hunter * In the Alamo * Castrellon, the Noble Mexican * A Terrible Drama * Death of Crockett
Illustrations Include: Daniel Boone in early manhood * The struggle against destiny * A savage paradise – Indian River, Florida * Present view of the battle field of the Blue Licks * Birthplace of General George Rogers Clarke * Old Royal street at Jamestown, Virginia * Indians and British renegades making a capture * Horse-shoe Kennedy, the novelist * Seat of the Boones near Exeter, England * Daniel Boone * Mrs. Boone * Findley, the discoverer of Kentucky * The old fort at Boonsborough * Capture of Jemima Boone and Betsy and Frances Calaway * Boone’s fight over the body of his son at Blue Licks * Brutal murders at Estil’s Station * Female heroism at Bryant’s Station – bringing water for the fort surrounded by Indians * Reinforcing Bryant’s station * Major Hugh McGarry * Boone alone in the wilderness of Kentucky * Boone starting to Missouri * House in Montgomery County, Missouri, in which Boone died * Young Kenton’s triumph over his rival * Kenton rescuing Boone * Simon Kenton at the age of 76 * Simon Kenton’s Mazeppa ride * Kenton and the renegade Girty * The warrior’s reply to Girty, demanding Kenton’s death * Kenton and Logan * Simon Kenton and Colonel Fletcher * Kenton’s cabin on Mad River, in which he died * Simon Kenton, from a portrait taken just before his death * Mrs. Wetzel, mother of Lewis * Wonderful exploit of Wetzel at the age of 17 * Death of John Wetzel while running the chute * Wetzel’s escape from Fort Harmer * Miss Betsy Bryan * Scene of Martin Wetzel’s exploit * General George Rogers Clarke * Father Gebault * One of Clarke’s French militiamen * Captain Helm * Clarke spares La Croix’s son * Colonel William Crawford at the age of 40 * Widow of Colonel Crawford * Miserable old age of Girty, the Renegade * Colonel Benjamin Logan * Captain Samuel Brady * Brady’s leap for life * Heroic death of James Brady * Neetmok * Turkey Head, the Shawnee chief killed by Harrod * Harrod’s creek, scene of Harrod’s adventure * Slover’s flight on the ill-fated Crawford expedition * Slover’s comrade running the gauntlet at Waughcotomoco * Captain Robert Benham, hero of the wonderful escape at the mouth of the Licking * Morgan at the age of 70 defending his young children * Adam Poe’s struggle with Big Foot and the little Indian * Ferdinand De Soto * De Soto’s Indian visitors on the Mississippi * Burial of De Soto * The Modern Belle – Antipode of the Border Heroine * Capture of Miss Harbison and her companions by the two concealed Indians * Betty Zane, the heroine of Fort Henry, now Wheeling * Eddie Langtrea * Mrs. Pursley’s prisoner at bay, at the mouth of his own rifle * Indian scalp dance * Miss Washburn’s shot * Mrs. Daviess saves her husband’s life * Mrs. Porter kills three Indians * Mrs. Merrill’s terrible combat, killing six Indians and wounding one * Young Darke’s adventure with the panther * Young Bingaman taken prisoner * One of Mike Fink’s jokes * Peg Fink * Bill Sedley’s flight from “the swamp” * Death of the gambler, Juan Cortinas * Treed by wolves * Peter Cartwright * Birkhammer’s exploit at a night camp-meeting * “Old Jimmie” Axley * Old Jimmie Axley preaching in a tobacco barn * Macurdy’s war sermon * Cartwright’s revenge * The frontier teacher and his school * The pioneer Sunday school * Shaved Head, the Pawnee Chief * A dug-out * The rejected suitor * A happy plains family at home * A panic in camp – an unwelcome visitor * Erin’s son pours out his lifeblood upon the thirsty plains * A typical peace commission in session * Night scene on Lake Bessie, head of east fork of Gunnison River * McLellan’s comparison illustrated * Long Man, the Sioux chief * McLellan and Crooks * Upper Falls of Mad River * Founding of Astoria * A camp of Crow Indians * Buffalo cow and calf * Greasers * Our country store * The home of Thomas Eddie * Doherty’s description * The last of the trappers * White Bear’s combat with the Arickara chief * The Snake Chief, Pim, friend of the trappers * Murderous Mexicans * Scene of Colter’s race for life * The Blackfoot spy on watch * Bill Gordon rescuing a wagon train from the Blackfeet * The Crow village where Ashely’s men wintered * Bull Robe, a young Sioux chief captured by Smith * One of Murrell’s hostlers * Little Raven, the Crow medicine man * Killing of Rose, the Renegade * An Indian lamb and a white wolf * Home of the Bridgers in Illinois * Bridger and the Blackfoot maiden * Jim Beckwith’s description of an Indian battle * Waldo checking the Indians near Taos * The coyote serenade on the Plains * Blackbird, chief of the Omahas * Smith escaping from the Mojaves * Mountain grouse * Home of the Sublettes at Crab Orchards, Kentucky * An Indian buffalo hunt with bows and arrows * The immigrant party makes a night drive * William Sublette’s combat with two Utes * The Indian of the novelist * The genuine article * Jack Morrow * Patti’s party digging for water * The hill of Cumorah, Mormon Hill * Joe Smith * A Mormon Indian trader * Mormon militia going to the Mountain Meadow Massacre * The Mountain Meadow Massacre by Mormons and Indians * Brigham Young, the Apostle of Lust and Murder * Wild Bill * Buffalo Bill * Treed by a buffalo * A prairie fire on the stage * A prairie fire upon the Plains * The San Carlos entering the Golden Gate * Castro’s threat * Castro’s volunteers * Pot luck in the pioneer days of California * Gutierrez captured by Graham * The Tale of Gold * Surprised by a California bedfellow * Scotty, the California prospector * The California vigilantes executing the order of Judge Lynch * “Listen to the Mocking Bird,” an incident of pioneer days in California * Contra Costa, the scene of Walker’s duel * Widow of Colonel Woodlief * The Duke of Sonora * A Sole past saving: the pioneer cobbler and his customer * Hays and Houston discussing the plan of the San Antonio campaign * Neetmok * Home of Kit Carson in Howard County, Missouri * Kit Carson * Winter stage travel by night * William Eddy, hero of the Donner Party * Louis Kiesburg, the cannibal * The infamous Clark, the shoe maker * General William S. Walker * Birthplace of William S. Walker at Nashville, Tennessee * A Spanish-American Fandango * Don Francisco Castillon * Colonel Byron Cole * Walker’s fleet leaving Realejo * Plaza where Corral and Salazar were executed * Walker’s parting from his mother * Castillo Viejo * A Costa Rican cavalryman * Birthplace of Schlessinger * A Nicaraguan mansion * San Juan del Sur * Night scene on the Rio San Juan in Nicaragua * Spencer * El Paso del Muerte, where Walker was executed * The President’s daughter begging for Walker’s life * Walker’s betrothed * Count Raousset-Boulbon * Boulbon and his betrothed * Ruins of Lafitte’s fort on Galveston Island * Bowie’s fight with the Caddo and Tehuacana Indians * Storming of the Alamo * Ellis P. Bean * Jean Lafitte, the pirate * Stephen F. Austin * Sam Houston * Houston at tallapoosa * David Crockett * Santa Anna
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