IT is a prominent object of this volume to bring to
light the wild adventures of the pioneers of this continent,
in the solitudes of the mountains, the prairies and
the forests j often amidst hostile Indians, and far away
from the restraints and protection of civilization. This . .
strange, weird-like life is rapidly passing away, before the
progress of population, railroads and steamboats. But it ,.
is desirable that the memory of it should not drift into oblivion.
I think that almost every reader of this narrative
will be somew~at surprised, in its development of the
character of CHRISTOPHER CARSON. With energy and
fearlessness never surpassed, he was certainly one of the
most gentle, upright, and lovable of men. It is strange
that the wilderness could have formed so estimable a
character. America will not permit the virtues of so i1lus~
trious a son to be forgotten.
JOHN S. C. ABBOTT
Table of Contents
CONTENTS ; •; CHAPTER I; Early Training; Birth of Christopher Carson-Perils of the Wilderness-Necessary; Cauticns-Romance of the }<'orest-The Far WestThe; Encampment-:The Cabin and the Fort-Kit an Ap-prentice-; The Alarlll-Destruction of a Trading BandThe; Rattle and the l"light-Sufferillgs of the FugitivesDreadful; Fate of Mr Schenck-Features of the Western; PAG; Wilderness-The March 9; CHAPTER II; Life in fheWilderness; A Surgical Op~atioD-A Winter with Kin Cade-Study of the; Languages and Geography-Returll towards MissouriEngagement; with a new Company and Strange Adventures-; The Rattlesnake-Anecdott: of Kit Carson-The; Sahara-New Engagements-Trip to El Paso-Trapping; and Hunting-Prairie Scenery-The Trapper's OutfitNight; Encam
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