The Early Empire Builders of the Great West

E.W. Porter, 1901 - 456 pages
"This volume is compiled from the author's 'Early History of Dakota Territory, ' published in 1866, to which are here added other pioneer sketches of early adventures, Indian wars, overland journeys, and pen pictures of pioneer law makers in the legislature and in congress thirty and forty years ago. All the historical and descriptive sketches herein were written at the time and place wherein the scenes are laid, by the author, who was an actual participant and a personal witness."--Preface.

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Page 24 - ... the boat landed in front of their villages, came with great caution, and peeped over the bank of the river to see the fate of their chiefs ; whose duty it was (from the nature of their office) to approach us, whether friends or foes, and to go on board. Sometimes, in this plight, they were instantly thrown neck and heels over each other's heads and shoulders — men, women, and children, and dogs — sage, sachem.
Page 406 - I hear the tread of pioneers Of nations yet to be ; The first low wash of waves, where soon Shall roll a human sea.
Page 101 - June 15, 1852, section i (10 US Statutes at Large, p. 10), provides: That whenever any officer of either of the Territories of the United States shall be absent therefrom and from the duties of his office no salary shall be paid him during the year in which such absence shall occur, unless good cause therefor shall be shown to the President of the United States, who shall officially certify his opinion of such cause to the proper accounting officer of the Treasury, to be filed in his office.
Page 8 - ... been able to effect it. But, by the help of my discovery, and the assistance of God, I doubt not but a passage may still be found, and that an easy one too. For example...
Page 4 - Near this spot, also, on a high mound, is the " Thunder's nest," (niddu-Tonnere), where "a very small bird sits upon her eggs during fair weather, and the skies are rent with bolts of thunder at the approach of a storm, which is occasioned by the hatching of her brood...
Page 20 - They had now reached the hidden sources of that river, which had never yet been seen by civilized man; and as they quenched their thirst at the chaste and icy fountain — as they sat down by the brink of that little rivulet, which yielded its distant and modest tribute to the parent ocean, they felt themselves rewarded for all their labours and all their difficulties.
Page 2 - Spirit catching hold of a piece of the pipe stone to throw at the snake, moulded it into a man. This man's feet grew fast in the ground where he stood for many ages, like a great tree, and therefore he grew very old; he was older than a hundred men at the present day; and at last another tree grew up by the side of him, when a large snake ate them both off at the roots, and they wandered off together; from these have sprung all the people that now inhabit the earth.
Page 2 - Prairies to get out of the way of the waters. After they had all gathered here from all parts, the water continued to rise, until at length it covered them all in a mass, and their flesh was converted into red pipestone.
Page 3 - ... smoked it over them all ; told them that it was part of their flesh ; that though they were at war, they must meet at this place as friends ; that it belonged to them all ; that they must make their calumets from it and smoke them to him whenever they wished to appease him or get his good-will — the smoke from his big pipe rolled over them all, and he disappeared in its cloud ; at the last whiff of his pipe a blaze of fire rolled over the rocks, and melted their surface — at that moment two...
Page 24 - big thunder canoe;' for, when in the distance below the village, they saw the lightning flash from its sides, and heard the thunder come from it ; others called it the 'big medicine canoe with eyes ;' it was medicine (mystery) because they could not understand it ; and it must have eyes, for, said they, ' it sees its own way, and takes the deep water in the middle of the channel.

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