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THIRTY-ONE YEARS ON THE PLAINS AND IN THE MOUNTAINS

OR, THE

LAST VOICE FROM THE PLAINS. AN AUTHENTIC RECORD OF A LIFE TIME OF HUNTING, TRAPPING, SCOUTING AND INDIAN FIGHTING IN THE FAR WEST

BY

CAPT. WILLIAM F. DRANNAN,

WHO WENT ON TO THE PLAINS WHEN FIFTEEN YEARS OLD.

PREFACE.

In writing this preface I do so with the full knowledge that the preface of a book is rarely read, comparatively speaking, but I shall write this one just the same.

In writing this work the author has made no attempt at romance, or a great literary production, but has narrated in his own plain, blunt way, the incidents of his life as they actually occurred.

There have been so many books put upon the market, purporting to be the lives of noted frontiersmen which are only fiction, that I am moved to ask the reader to consider well before condemning this book as such.

The author starts out with the most notable events of his boyhood days, among them his troubles with an old negro virago, wherein he gets his revenge by throwing a nest of lively hornets under her feet. Then come his flight and a trip, to St. Louis, hundreds of miles on foot, his accidental meeting with that most eminent man of his class, Kit Carson, who takes the lad into his care and treats him as a kind father would a son. He then proceeds to give a minute description of his first trip on the plains, where he meets and associates with such noted plainsmen as Gen. John Charles Fremont, James Beckwith, Jim Bridger and others, and gives incidents of his association with them in scouting, trapping, hunting big game, Indian fighting, etc.

The author also gives brief sketches of the springing into existence of many of the noted cities of the West, and the incidents connected therewith that have never been written before. There is also a faithful recital of his many years of scouting for such famous Indian fighters as Gen. Crook, Gen. Connor, Col. Elliott, Gen. Wheaton and others, all of which will be of more than passing interest to those who can be entertained by the early history of the western part of our great republic.

This work also gives an insight into the lives of the hardy pioneers of the far West, and the many trials and hardships they had to undergo in blazing the trail and hewing the way to one of the grandest and most healthful regions of the United States. W. F. D.

CHICAGO, August 1st, 1899.

CONTENTS.

CHAPTER 1. A Boy Escapes a Tyrant and Pays a Debt with a Hornet's Nest--Meets Kit Carson and Becomes the Owner of a Pony and a Gun

CHAPTER 2. Beginning of an Adventurous Life--First Wild Turkey-- First Buffalo--First Feast as an Honored Guest of Indians--Dog Meat

CHAPTER 3. Hunting and Trapping in South Park, Where a Boy, Unaided, Kills and Scalps Two Indians--Meeting with Fremont, the "Path-finder"

CHAPTER 4. A Winter in North Park--Running Fight with a Band of Utes for More than a Hundred Miles, Ending Hand to Hand--Victory

CHAPTER 5. On the Cache-la-Poudre--Visit from Gray Eagle, Chief of the Arapahoes.--A Bear-hunter is Hunted by the Bear--Phil, the Cannibal

CHAPTER 6. Two Boys Ride to the City of Mexico--Eleven Hundred Miles of Trial, Danger and Duty--A Gift Horse--The Wind River Mountains

CHAPTER 7. A Three Days' Battle Between the Comanches and the Utes for the Possession of a "Hunter's Paradise"--An Unseasonable Bath.

CHAPTER 8. Kit Carson Kills a Hudson Bay Company's Trapper, Who Was Spoiling for a Fight--Social Good Time with a Train of Emigrants

CHAPTER 9. Marriage of Kit Carson--The Wedding Feast--Providing Buffalo Meat, in the Original Package, for the Boarding-house at Bent's Fort

CHAPTER 10. Robber Gamblers of San Francisco--Engaged by Col. Elliott as Indian Scout--Kills and Scalps Five Indians--Promoted to Chief Scout

CHAPTER 11. A Lively Battle with Pah-Utes--Pinned to Saddle with an Arrow--Some Very Good Indians--Stuttering Captain--Beckwith Opens His Pass

CAAPTER 12--Col. Elliott Kills His First Deer, and Secures a Fine Pair of Horns as Present for His Father--Beckwith's Tavern-- Society

CHAPTER l3--Something Worse than Fighting Indians Dance at Col. Elliott's--Conspicuous Suit of Buckskin I Manage to Get Back to Beckwith's

CHAPTER 14. Drilling the Detailed Scouts---We Get Among the Utes-- Four Scouts Have Not Reported Yet--Another Lively Fight--Beckwith Makes a Raise

CHAPTER 15. A Hunt on Petaluma Creek--Elk Fever Breaks Out--The Expedition to Klamath Lake--A Lively Brush with Modoc Indians

CHAPTER 16. More Fish than I Had Ever Seen at One Time--We Surprise Some Indians, Who Also Surprise Us--The Camp at Klamath Lake--I Get Another Wound and a Lot of Horses

CHAPTER 17. Discovery of Indians with Stolen Horses--We Kill the Indians and Return the Property to Its Owners--Meeting of Miners-- In Society Again

CHAPTER 18. Trapping on the Gila--The Pimas Impart a Secret-- Rescue of a White Girl--A Young Indian Ages--Visit to Taos--Uncle Kit Fails to Recognize Me

CHAPTER 19. A Warm Time in a Cold Country--A Band of Bannocks Chase Us Into a Storm that Saves Us--Kit Carson Slightly Wounded-- Beckwith Makes a Century Run

CHAPTER 20. Carson Quits the Trail--Buffalo Robes for Ten Cents-- "Pike's Peak or Bust"--The New City of Denver--"Busted"--How the News Started

CHAPTER 21. A Fight With the Sioux--Hasa, the Mexican Boy, Killed- -Mixed Up With Emigrants Some More--Four New Graves--Successful Trading With the Kiowas

CHAPTER 22. A Trip to Fort Kearney--The General Endorses Us and We Pilot an Emigrant Train to California--Woman Who Thought I Was "no Gentleman"--A Camp Dance

CHAPTER 23. Bridger and West Give Christmas a High Old Welcome in Sacramento--California Gulch--Meeting with Buffalo Bill--Thirty- three Scalps with One Knife

CHAPTER 24. Face to Face with a Band of Apaches--The Death of Pinto--The Closest Call I Ever Had--A Night Escape--Back at Fort Douglas

CHAPTER 25. Three Thousand Dead Indians--A Detective from Chicago- -He Goes Home with an Old Mormon's Youngest Wife and Gets into Trouble--The Flight

CHAPTER 26.--Through to Bannock--A Dance of Peace Fright of the Negroes--A Freight Train Snowed in and a Trip on Snow-shoes--Some Very Tough Road Agents

CHAPTER 27. Organization of a Vigilance Committe--End of the Notorious Slade--One Hundred Dollars for a "Crow-bait" Horse-- Flour a Dollar a Pound.

CHATER 28. Twenty-two Thousand Dollars in Gold Dust--A Stage Robbery--Another Trip to California Meeting with Gen Crook--Chief of Scouts

CHAPTER 29. Find Some Murdered Emigrants--We Bury the Dead and Follow and Scalp the Indians--Gen. Crook Is Pleased with the Outcome--A Mojave Blanket

CHAPTER 30. A Wicked Little Battle--Capture of One Hundred and Eighty-two Horses--Discovery of Black Canyon--Fort Yuma and the Paymaster

CHAPTER 31. To California for Horses--My Beautiful Mare, Black Bess--We Get Sixty-six Scalps and Seventy-eight Horses--A Clean Sweep

CHAPTER 32. Some Men Who Were Anxious for a Fight and Got It--Gen. Crook at Black Canyon--Bad Mistake of a Good Man--The Victims

CHAPTER 33. The Massacre at Choke Cherry Canyon--Mike Maloney Gets Into a Muss--Rescue of White Girls--Mike Gets Even with the Apaches

CHAPTER 34. Massacre of the Davis Family--A Hard Ride and Swift Retribution--A Pitiful Story--Burial of the Dead--I am Sick of the


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