Notes of a Military Reconnoissance, from Fort Leavenworyh, in Missouri, to San Diego, in California

Notes of a Military Reconnoissance, from Fort Leavenworyh, in Missouri, to San Diego, in California

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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. 1848 edition. Excerpt: ...clouded by the difliculties with which they may be surrounded. Although he had never driven before, yet he at once threw himself into the saddle of the wheel mule and took th_e reins. Twice the mules ran ofi' with the wagon, and, notwithstanding Pilka was obliged to throw himself out of the saddle, he at length succeeded in subduing them. I had now recovered my health sufficiently to walk down a flight of steps unaided, and I rejoiced.with great joy to find myself gaining strength so rapidly. l Mr. Holt presented me with a beautful skin of a wild cat, (Felis rufa, ) such as is found in the neighborhood. He informed me that. the wild cat frequently attacks the oxen, springing upontheir backs. or chest, and wounding them terribly with its sharp claws. The. wounds thus produced are extremely poisonous. Great inflamation and swelling of the injured parts ensue, and often the oxen die, although the wounds may be but skin deep. On the other hand, the wounds made by the wolves heal rapidly, although the ox may_ have its hams so much torn to pieces that one would think its re-z covery impossible. Whenever any one of the cattle raised at this place has wandered off, and is attacked by either of the above men tioned beasts of prey, it bellows loudly for help, and the rest of the herd always rush to the rescue. In the winter season the wolves become extremely bold, and will attack any animal they mag meet alone upon the prairies, with the exception of man. n the 28th of August we had an arrival of from 40_ to 50 con! missary wagons. The teamsters crowded into the "patio," an-d from thence commenced a minute scrutiny of every object around. y them, greatly to our annoyance, and unfavorable to their characte for politeness. To-day ..".show more

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  • Paperback | 184 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 10mm | 340g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236824059
  • 9781236824059