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Title: Conquering the wilderness; or, New pictorial history of the life and times of the pioneer heroes and heroines of America, a full account of the romantic deeds, lofty achievements, and marvellous adventures of Boone, Kenton, Clark, Logan, Harrod, the Wetzel brothers, the Bradys, Poe and other celebrated frontiersmen and Indian fighters … with picturesque skteches of border life past and present, backwoods camp-meeting, schools and Sunday-schools; heoric fortitude and noble deeds of the pioneer wives and mothers, flatboating, the overland route and its horrors; the gold fever and filibustering expeditions; … eccentricities and self-sacrificing labors of Cartwright, Axley and other celebrated pioneer preachers, and describing life and adventure on the plains ..
Year: 1895 (1890s)
Authors: Triplett, Frank
Subjects: Indians of North America Frontier and pioneer life
Publisher: Chicago, Werner
Contributing Library: Robarts – University of Toronto
Digitizing Sponsor: MSN
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mining expert, named Byron Cole, was travel-ing through Central America looking for mines for an Americancompany. He had known Walker in San Francisco and knew ofhis desperate attempt to filibuster Lower California and Sonora inthe autumn of 1853. He had heard Walker talk of the golden empire he intended tofound in some of the Spanish-American States and had himselfbecome an enthusiast on the subject. He had heard of Walkersheroic attempt already alluded to and felt that he was destined toachieve a glorious name and this, he thought, would be an opportuneopening for him. The raid on Sonora had failed, it was true, but I ^ CONQUERING THE WILDERNESS. that was inevitable from the first. Leavins^San Francisco in a lis:htschooner, with some fifty followers, Walker landed at a small porton the Pacific Coast of Lower California. Here he met with a feebleresistance and marching into the interior, he invaded Sonora andpresented the singular spectacle of an invasion failing for the wantof foes.
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COLONEL BYRON COLE. Pressing on through sparsely settled valleys and inhospitabledeserts, he was conquered by the desolation everywhere i:)revalent.Without supplies of food and unable to find subsistence in thecountrv, his followers soon become a raofged and worn out lot of • CO half-starved specters who had easily brushed away every one of theii DESCRIPTION OF XICAHAGl A AND ITS AFFAIRS. 07!) outnumbering ioLs, bul were uiuiblc to contend again.st the tliiist andfamine of the desert and at last, with starved and wasted forms,shoeless and nearly naked, their feet lacerated with the sharp rocksand their hands mangled with thorns and cacti, they staggci-ed acrossthe frontier of Sonora into the golden State, sweeping from theirpathway at one wild, reckless charge three hundred Mexican cav-alry Avho had been sent to intercept them. They were ragged, worn,starved, parched with tropic heat and burning fever, but they hadthe courage of their pioneer sires that never wavered, and stagger-in
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