The Dial Volume 26

The Dial Volume 26

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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. 1899 edition. Excerpt: ...we now have " Forty Years a Fur Trader on the Upper Missouri," by Charles Larpenteur. The author was a Frenchman who made his way direct from France to the Upper Missouri in 1833, in the palmy days of trapping and fur-trading in the vast region extending to the Rocky Mountains; and in this region he remained until his death, in 1872, most of the time in the service of the American Fur Company. His personal narrative is an admirable mirror of the trapping and fur-trading life on both its savage and civilized sides, if indeed it can be said to have had any civilized side. The selfish and cynical indifference of the trappers, traders, and companies to the well-being of the Indians, we have not seen shown up in a more striking manner. For example, in the winter of 1844 Larpenteur was ordered by his superior at Fort Union to take an "outfit" and go a hundred miles northward into the British Possessions, to trade with the Cree and Chippewa Indians for robes. He and his two companions suffered from cold and hunger almost unto death, but he was successful in his object. He traded for two hundred and thirty robes, giving for them five gallons of alcohol, on which the camp got twice drunk, and some flimsy cloths and trinkets like hand looking-glasses. "This ended the business," he remarks, " there being no liquor and hardly any robes left in camp." The weather was such that a mule froze to death standing bolt upright in his shelter, while buffalo robes were almost the only protection that the savages had against the cold. The editor estimates that the percentage of profit in the transaction must have been several thousand. Very realistic, too, are Larpentenr's pen-pictures of the Indian agents he had known, ...
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  • Paperback
  • 189 x 246 x 15mm | 522g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236910699
  • 9781236910691