Astoria; Or, Anecdotes Of An Enterprise Beyond The Rocky Mountains By Washington Irving

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stream makes its way through the defiles of the mountains, into
the plain below Fort Henry, where it terminates - Page 460
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This Stream Makes Its Way Through The Defiles Of The Mountains, Into The Plain Below Fort Henry, Where It Terminates In Snake River. Mr. Stuart Was In Hopes Of Meeting With Snake Encampments In The Plain, Where He Might Procure A Couple Of Horses To Transport The Baggage.

In such case, he intended to resume his eastern course across the mountains, and endeavor to reach the Cheyenne River before winter.

Should he fail, however, of obtaining horses, he would probably be compelled to winter on the Pacific side of the mountains, somewhere on the head waters of the Spanish or Colorado River.

With all the care that had been observed in taking nothing with them that was not absolutely necessary, the poor pedestrians were heavily laden, and their burdens added to the fatigues of their rugged road. They suffered much, too, from hunger. The trout they caught were too poor to yield much nourishment; their main dependence, therefore, was upon an old beaver trap, which they had providentially retained. Whenever they were fortunate enough to entrap a beaver, it was cut up immediately and distributed, that each man might carry his share.

After two days of toilsome travel, during which they made but eighteen miles, they stopped on the 21st, to build two rafts on which to cross to the north side of the river. On these they embarked on the following morning, four on one raft, and three on the other , and pushed boldly from shore. Finding the rafts sufficiently firm and steady to withstand the rough and rapid water, they changed their minds, and instead of crossing, ventured to float down with the current.

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