Transactions of the Kansas State Historical Society Volume 7

Transactions of the Kansas State Historical Society Volume 7

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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. 1902 edition. Excerpt: ...latitude. Although the public surveys will count from the principal meridian precisely as if the same were surveyed, the labor of such meridian survey will be now omitted, and that labor will be directed to insure practical results of more immediate importance. "Your first operations will be to run and establish the base line, and continue the same for the distance of 108 miles on the parallel of forty degrees north latitude. Your township corner his keg of brandy. Arrived at the fort, we found that Mr. Calhoun had got ahead of us aday or two, and on our landing another rumpus was kicked up about that keg of brandy, and it was found stowed away in the " White Cloud," safe and sound. We remained at the fort two or three weeks, and Ira H. Smith then became one of our party, to act as first assistant of the survey. While lying at the fort we heard a great deal about those d--d squatters who were trying to steal the Leavenworth site. Our party went down there, and took a look at things, and I saw the roof going on the first business house in Leavenworth. We left Leavenworth about the middle of October and went up the river, on the Kansas side, to Weston, and then crossed over to Missouri. Weston was then a very pretty hemp, tobacco and nigger town, and exhibited that sleepy, drowsy air of plethoric thrift so peculiar to a prosperous Southern town. In due time we marched to St. Joseph, a pretty little town of 3000 at that time. From St. Joe we marched to Oregon, in Holt county, and there organized and equipped our party of thirteen, our outfit being hauled in two wagons. When our outfitting was complete we moved down to the Missouri, opposite the Nemaha, to await the arrival of Robert E. Lee, of the engineer corps, who had...show more

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  • Paperback | 426 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 22mm | 757g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236966120
  • 9781236966124