Image from page 521 of “Picturesque America; or, The land we live in. A delineation by pen and pencil of the mountains, rivers, lakes, forests, water-falls, shores, cañons, valleys, cities, and other picturesque features of our country” (1872)
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Title: Picturesque America; or, The land we live in. A delineation by pen and pencil of the mountains, rivers, lakes, forests, water-falls, shores, cañons, valleys, cities, and other picturesque features of our country
Year: 1872 (1870s)
Authors: Bryant, William Cullen, 1794-1878, editor Bunce, Oliver Bell, 1828-1890
Publisher: New York, D. Appleton
Contributing Library: University Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Digitizing Sponsor: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
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Indians making Chemuck. Capitan are magnificent masses, at whose feet the debris are comparatively shght; butthat part known as the Union Rocks, between the Cathedral and Sentinel Rocks, hassuffered very much from disintegration. Great cliffs have fallen, and avalanches of rockhave ploughed their way down the slope to the bottom of the valley. While climbingin such surroundings, the wreck of some world is suggested, so vast the ruin and sopigmy the climber. No words can convey other than a feeble impression of the effectsof mountains of granite, sharp and fresh in fracture, piled one upon the other, the tornfragments of a forest underneath, or strewed about, as though the greatest had been but ><–., / ^ IP
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Horse-Racing. THE YOSEMITE. 483 as straws tossed in the wind. A broad track of desolation leads away up to the heightsfrom which these rocks have been thrown. The attention may be diverted from cliffs and torrents to the human element char-acteristic of the place, poor though that element be, and in the change find much thatis interesting in the few Indians that straggle, vagrant and worthless, through the region.They seem to be without tribal organization, although they still have pow-wows, wheretheir leading men, conscious of the inevitable decay of the race, strive to reorganize themand arouse their dying spirit; but the red-men are now hopelessly debauched and demor-alized. In general appearance, they are robust, and even inclined to be fleshy; this latteris accounted for by the fact that acorns, their staple of food, are extremely fattening.There were at times as many as fifty Indians of all descriptions, male and female, oldand young, living in the valley in the most primitive f
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