Cradles of the American Aborigines

Cradles of the American Aborigines

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1889 edition. Excerpt: ...several miles away. In our party was an experienced buflalo-hunter, who in three years had slaughtered over three thousand head for their hides. He declared that if he could ever catch a " bunch" at rest he could " get a stand " the same as he used to do, and kill several head before the rest would run. It so happened that the first time we found bufialoes we discovered a bunch of fourteen head, lying in the sun at noon, on the level top ofalow butte, all noses pointing up the wind. We stole up within range and fired. At the instant the first shot rang out up sprang every buffalo as if he had been thrown upon his feet by steel springs, and in a second's time the whole bunch was dashing away from us with the speed of race-horses. Our buffalo-hunter declared that in chasing buffaloes we could count with certainty upon their always running against the wind, for this had always been their habit. Although this was once their habit, we soon found that those who now represent the survival of the fittest have learned better wisdom, and now run (1) away from their pursuer and (2) toward the best hiding place. Now they pay no attention whatever to the direction of the wind, and if a pursuer follows straight behind, a buffalo may change his course three or four times in a 10-mile chase. An old bull once led one of our hunters around three-quarters of a circle which had a diameter of 5 or 6 miles. The last buffaloes were mentally as capable of taking care of themselves as any animals I ever hunted. The power of original reasoning which they manifested in scattering all over a given tract of rough country, like hostile Indians when hotly pressed by soldiers, in the Indian-like manner in which they hid from sight in deep...show more

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  • Paperback | 358 pages
  • 188.98 x 246.13 x 18.8mm | 639.56g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236895053
  • 9781236895059