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Identifier: echoesfromrockym00clam Title: Echoes from the Rocky Mountains : reminiscences and thrilling incidents of the romantic and golden age of the great West, with a graphic account of its discovery, settlement, and grand development Year: 1889 (1880s) Authors: Clampitt, John Wesley, 1839- Subjects: Telegraph Pacific railroads Frontier and pioneer life Publisher: Chicago New York Philadelphia San Francisco : Belford, Clarke & Co. Contributing Library: Harold B. Lee Library Digitizing Sponsor: Brigham Young University View Book Page: Book Viewer About This Book: Catalog Entry View All Images: All Images From Book Click here to view book online to see this illustration in context in a browseable online version of this book. Text Appearing Before Image: he wood it had beenlost. Darkness was closing around, and the knowledge that one footwould be exposed to the freezing night air was surely disheartening.For more than an hour he searched in vain among fallen trees andbushes, up the hillsides and along the beach with flaming brands forthe precious article without which not a day of travel could be made.But no language can describe his joy when at length he discovered itbeneath a limb that had torn it, as he passed, from his belt. 584 ECHOES FROM THE ROCKY MOUNTAINS. Passing a night of refreshing sleep, he started along the beach insearch of a camp which he believed he would find, containing food forhis necessities and direction what to do. This camp he found, but nofood or notice of the movements of his companions. A dinner fork,which proved of infinite service in digging roots, and a half-pint yeastpowder can, which he converted into a drinking-cup and dinner-pot,were the only evidences that the spot had ever been visited by civilized Text Appearing After Image: HE BEHELD THE BLAZING EYES OF A FOREST MONSTER.- man. It never occurred to him that they had cached food (which theydid) at several spots near his point of departure. He left the camp indeep dejection, attempting to follow their trail to the Madison. Aftera careful inspection of the trail he became satisfied of a retrogrademovement on their part, and consequently retraced his own steps alongthe beach. He built a fire for thenight and a bower of pine branches toprotect him from the wind now blowing violently, and creeping under ECHOES FROM THE ROCKY MOUNTAINS. 585 it soon fell asleep. Daring the night he was aroused by the snappingand cracking of the burning foliage, and found his shelter and theadjacent forest on fire. Wbile making his escape from the semicircleof flame by which he was surrounded, his left hand was badly burnedand his hair singed closer than a barbers shave. However, thechief disaster of this fire was the loss of his buckle-tongue knife, hispin fish-hook and his fish- Note About Images Please note that these images are extracted from scanned page images that may have been digitally enhanced for readability - coloration and appearance of these illustrations may not perfectly resemble the original work.

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