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Aged Indians Left to Die from George C. Yount,George C. Yount and His Chronicles of the West 239 116. Indians and Half-Breeds Torture a Buffalo from Washington Irving,The Adventures of Captain Bonneville 241 117. White Indians from Rufus B. Sage,Scenes in the Rocky Mountains 242 Page xv 118. The Lone Sentinel: A Dead Indian Adulterer from Warren Angus Ferris,Life in the Rocky Mountains 244 119. A Spanish Massacre of Helpless Indians from Zenas Leonard,Narrative of the Adventures of Zenas Leonard 245 120.

Although it's true, as Blair and other scholars have pointed out, that American humor, including that of the mountain men, has European antecedents, the mountain men and the West they roamed put a very distinctive gloss on the tales they told, humorous and otherwise. Page 9 1. The "Putrified Forest" of Black Harris from George Frederick Ruxton, Life in the Far West Step into a St. Louis restaurant in the 1830s and listen to the following conversation between a fashionable lady and a mountain man named Moses Harris (d.

Schr-u-kgoes the axe agin the tree, and out comes a bit of the blade as big as my hand. We looks at the animals, and thar they stood shaking over the grass, which I'm doggone if it wasn't stone, too. Young Sublette comes up, and he'd been clerking down to the fort on Platte, so he know'd something. He looks and looks, and scrapes the tree with his butcher knife, and snaps the grass like pipe stems, and breaks the leaves a snappin' like Californy shells. ' I asks. " "Smell badly, marm," says Black Harris, "would a skunk stink if he was froze to stone?

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