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EDDE

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THE PRAIRIE TRAVELER (early
« on: January 21, 2008, 03:27:46 am »

http://www.kancoll.org/books/marcy/index.html
a terrific read about the settlers making it across the country to the Oregon territories

"With such a book in his hand, he will be able, in difficult circumstances, to avail himself of the matured experience of veteran travelers, and thereby avoid many otherwise unforeseen disasters; while, during the ordinary routine of marching, he will greatly augment the sum of his comfort, avoid many serious loses, and enjoy a comparative exemption from doubts and anxieties. He will feel himself a master spirit in the wilderness he traverses, and not the victim of every new combination of circumstances which nature affords or fate allots, as if to try his skill and prowess."




CHAPTER I.

The different Routes to California and Oregon. -- Their respective Advantages. -- Organization of Companies. -- Elections of Captains. -- Wagons and Teams. -- Relative Merits of Mules and Oxen. -- Stores and Provisions. -- How packed. -- Desiccated and canned Vegetables. -- Pemmican. -- Anti-scorbutics. -- Cold Flour. -- Substitutes in case of Necessity. -- Amount of Supplies. -- Clothing. -- Camp Equipage.
CHAPTER II.

Marching. -- Treatment of Animals. -- Water. -- Different methods of finding and purifying it. -- Journadas. -- Methods of crossing them. -- Advance and Rear Guards. -- Selection of Camp. -- Sanitary Considerations. -- Dr. Jackson's Report. -- Picket Guards. -- Stampedes. - - How to prevent them. -- Corraling Wagons.
CHAPTER III.

Repairing broken Wagons. -- Fording Rivers. -- Quicksand. -- Wagon Boats. -- Bull Boats. - - Crossing Packs. -- Swimming Animals. -- Marching with loose Horses. -- Herding Mules. - - Best Methods of Marching. -- Herding and guarding Animals. -- Descending Mountains. -- Storms. -- Northers.
CHAPTER IV.

Packing. -- Saddles. -- Mexican Method. -- Madrina, or Bellmare. -- Attachment of the Mule illustrated. -- Best Method of Packing. -- Hoppling Animals. -- Selecting Horses and Mules. -- Grama and bunch grass. -- European Saddles. -- California Saddle. -- Saddle Wounds. -- Alkali. -- Flies. -- Colic. -- Rattlesnake Bites. -- Cures for the Bite.
CHAPTER V.

Bivouacs. -- Tente d'Abri. -- Gutta-percha Knapsack Tent. -- Comanche Lodge. -- Sibley Tent. -- Camp Furniture. -- Litters. -- Rapid Traveling. -- Fuel. -- Making Fires. -- Fires on the Prairies. -- Jerking Meat. -- Making Lariats. -- Making Caches. -- Disposition of Fire- arms. -- Colt's Revolvers. -- Gun Accidents. -- Trailing. -- Indian Sagacity.
CHAPTER VI.

Guides and Hunters. -- Delawares and Shawnees. -- Khebirs. -- Black Beaver. -- Anecdotes. -- Domestic Troubles. -- Lodges. -- Similarity of Prairie Tribes to the Arabs. -- Method of making War. -- Tracking and pursuing Indians. -- Method of attacking them. -- Telegraphing by Smokes.
CHAPTER VII.

Hunting. -- Its Benefits to the Soldier. -- Buffalo. -- Deer. -- Antelope. -- Bear. -- Big-horn, or Mountain Sheep. -- Their Habits, and Hints on the best Methods of hunting them.



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geopotter72

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Re: THE PRAIRIE TRAVELER (early
« Reply #1 on: February 06, 2008, 02:52:45 am »


Good stuff! Thanks!
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Junker

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Re: THE PRAIRIE TRAVELER (early
« Reply #2 on: February 06, 2008, 09:01:03 am »

Here too. Thank you, EDDE.
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