Annual Report of the United States Geological and Geographical Survey of the Territories Volume 8

Annual Report of the United States Geological and Geographical Survey of the Territories Volume 8

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1876 edition. Excerpt: ... vast floor formed from cement, and by the highest art of man. The drawback to this picture is that sometimes during a drought the air along the high ways on windy days is filled with dust. And yet the soil is very easily worked, yielding readily to the spade or the plow. Excavatiou is remarkably easy, and no pick or mattock is thought of for such purposes. It might be expected that such a soil readily yielded to atmospheric inflnences, but such is not the case. Wells in this deposit are freqnently walled up only to a point above the water-line; and on the remainder ihe spade marks will be visible for years. Indeed, the traveler over Nebraska will often be surprised to see spade-marks and carved-out names and dates years after they were first made, where ordinary soils would soon have fallen away to a gentle slope. This peculiarity of the soil has often been a God-send to poor emigrants. Such often cut out of the hillsides a shelter for themselves and their stock. Many a time when canght out on the roads in a storm, far away from the towns, have I found shelter in a "dug-out" with an emigrant's family, where, cozy and warm, there was perfect comfort, with little expenditure of fnel on the coldest days. In summer such shelters are much cooler than frame or brick houses. I shall never forget one occasion in 1866, when bewildered by a blinding snow-storm I came to a "dug-out,"and although all the chambers were carved out of the soil (Loess) they were perfectly dry. The walls were hidden and ornamented with Harper's Weekly, with the emanations of Nast's genins made to occupy the couspicnous corners. My hostess, whose cultivated intellect and kindly nature made even this abode a charming resort, was a graduate of an eastern seminary. Her hushand, more

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  • Paperback | 252 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 13mm | 458g
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236667735
  • 9781236667731