Image from page 467 of “Outing” (1885)
Image by Internet Archive Book Images
Year: 1885 (1880s)
Subjects: Leisure Sports Travel
Publisher: [New York : Outing Pub. Co.]
Contributing Library: Tisch Library
Digitizing Sponsor: Boston Library Consortium Member Libraries
Click here to view book online to see this illustration in context in a browseable online version of this book.
Text Appearing Before Image:
became clothed with an uncannyvagueness of aspect. Their twisted, spikedlimbs took on the shapes of men who werecrawling over the sand, or crouching in wait,or gesturing either in threat or appeal. Allsense of proportion had vanished with thedaylight. Ones eyes were no longer tobe relied upon. A low-hung star, barelyveiled behind the ragged crest of a moun-tain wash, cast an upward reflectionwhich so well mimicked the glow of a dis-tant camp fire that a lost tenderfoot wouldhave struggled toward it, believing helpwas near. Long after midnight we came to whis-pering trees around a spring, the first oasisin twenty hours of travel from Bullfrog,and as grateful a resting place as ever theschool-day geographies pictured of a palm-fringed well in the Sahara. Water haddone a miracle here, and when we pushedon at daylight after a few hours sleepin a tent, green fields and pastured cat-tle were glimpsed, and the growing cropsthat sweetly contrasted with the desolation 44° The Outing Magazine
Text Appearing After Image:
round about.The rancher whomade breakfastfor the stage crewhad lived in thisplace for manyyears, and bychoice, for he saidin parting: I went backto my old homein Vermont lastyear, and 1 didnthanker to staythere. Thisplace lookedgood to me whenI drovein again. Almost all thatday the road ledacross the desert,until in the wan-ing afternoon wewere within sightof the town ofLas Vegas, whichcame suddenlyinto being lastyear when thenew railroadto Salt Lakemarched throughthis region. Atone end of thenew town, in a grove of splendid trees,are the adobe walls of a ranch and fortbuilt by the Mormon pioneers when theypushed through Utah to Lower Californiain 1851. We had crossed their old trailon the previous day, and the road theymade is still used to pass through theMeadow Valley Wash, where a party ofscores of men, women and children per-ished together in that first heroic pilgrim-age. A stone marks the place where theirbones were found. Over this route they pushed southwarduntil they came to
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.