The Adventures Of Captain Bonneville By Washington Irving

























































































































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It Is Not Easy To Do Justice To The Exulting Feelings Of The Worthy Captain At Finding Himself At The Head Of A Stout Band Of Hunters, Trappers, And Woodmen; Fairly Launched On The Broad Prairies, With His Face To The Boundless West.

The tamest inhabitant of cities, the veriest spoiled child of civilization, feels his heart dilate and his pulse beat

High on finding himself on horseback in the glorious wilderness; what then must be the excitement of one whose imagination had been stimulated by a residence on the frontier, and to whom the wilderness was a region of romance!

His hardy followers partook of his excitement. Most of them had already experienced the wild freedom of savage life, and looked forward to a renewal of past scenes of adventure and exploit. Their very appearance and equipment exhibited a piebald mixture, half civilized and half savage. Many of them looked more like Indians than white men in their garbs and accoutrements, and their very horses were caparisoned in barbaric style, with fantastic trappings. The outset of a band of adventurers on one of these expeditions is always animated and joyous. The welkin rang with their shouts and yelps, after the manner of the savages; and with boisterous jokes and light-hearted laughter. As they passed the straggling hamlets and solitary cabins that fringe the skirts of the frontier, they would startle their inmates by Indian yells and war-whoops, or regale them with grotesque feats of horsemanship, well suited to their halfsavage appearance.

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