Life in the West: Back-wood Leaves and Prairie Flowers; Rough Sketches on the Borders of the Picturesque, the Sublime, and Ridiculous

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Saunders and Otley, 1842 - 363 σελίδες
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Σελίδα 168 - And Gilpin, long live he; And when he next doth ride abroad, May I be there to see ! AN EPISTLE TO A PROTESTANT LADY IN FRANCE.
Σελίδα 265 - At breakfast we had five or six plates of the scarlet fruit pompously paraded and eagerly devoured, with hearty commendations, by the guests. Some eat them with milk, others with vinegar and mustard, some with sugar and molasses. I essayed to follow suit, and was very near refunding the rest of my breakfast upon the table, the sickly flavour of flattongue grass,' sour milk, and raw cabbage, being concealed under the beautiful skin of the love-apple I had the temerity to swallow. At dinner, tomatoes...
Σελίδα 258 - Rept., Agriculture, 1852-53, Part II, p. 152. ""Dined at the house of a thriving New Englander, who from small beginnings, is now the proprietor of five thousand acres of prairie land; he has enclosed several fields of Indian corn with ditches Instead of rails...
Σελίδα 263 - I strained my eyes into the oak openings, right and left, in quest of balconies, piazzas, stoops, and colonnades. Mr. Morrison, the innkeeper, welcomed us to Madison, led the way into his bar, volunteered whisky and water, or a cobbler, to drive the night dew out of our throats. Moreover, the good man accommodated me with a single-bedded room, a luxury I had not enjoyed for some time. Sunday morning: rose refreshed, and marched out to look at the city, which had vanished like a dream, leaving that...
Σελίδα 33 - Prudence is said to be the better part of valour— " He that fights and runs away, May live " The " may live" of that dry distich stuck in my throat.
Σελίδα 264 - ... a garden in his luxuriant brain as enabled him to dispense with the rich productions of Illinois at his table, without a murmur; but how he had reduced himself and family to enjoy a tomato, was beyond my comprehension. Tomato was the word — the theme — the song, from morning till night — from night till morning. The first morning I descended to the bar, there sat the colonel in his white and black chip hat, set jauntily over his round, heavy, swelled face, his crooked foot resting on one...
Σελίδα 258 - Indian corn with ditches instead of rails — more permanent work — answering the double purpose of staying the prairie fire and keeping off cattle; he has sunk a well, and built stables, barn, and hog-pen, on a large scale, and, like a wise man, lived, up to this, in a simple log and mud cabin. I am really at a loss to know where the good people in this country — this out of the way place — find all the good things they set before travellers, especially the New Englanders...
Σελίδα 249 - I soon discovered to be a stagnant pool, or succession of stagnant pools, separated from the lake by a goodly barrier of sand, mayhap earth and rock.
Σελίδα 227 - ... white-walled fort on the heights, is the most European-looking spot I have yet seen in this New World. This was one of the earliest, and I believe principal stations and rendezvous of the great fur-trading companies, servants, chasseurs, Indians, and mighty hunters; and at present it has all that striking appearance of mimic war, owing to the sudden influx of Indians; a regular gathering of the Chippewas and Ottawas seems to have taken place, and their long rows of wigwams, fires, canoes, picturesque...
Σελίδα 227 - Makina, or Mackinac, with its antiquated French village and white-walled fort on the heights, is the most European-looking spot I have yet seen in this New World. This was one of the earliest, and I believe principal stations and rendezvous of the great fur-trading companies, servants, chasseurs, Indians, and mighty hunters; and at present it has all that striking appearance of mimic war, owing to the sudden influx of Indians; a regular gathering of the Chippewas and Ottawas seems to have taken place,...

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