By James H. Maguire, Peter Wild, Donald A. Barclay
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Bibles for Trappers from Narcissa Whitman, "The Coming of the White Women" 270 133. Jim Bridger's Party Salutes a Missionary from Sarah Gilbert White Smith, "Diary of Sarah White Smith" 271 134. Joe Meek Preaches and Gets a New Wife from Frances Fuller Victor,River of the West 272 135. Reverend Parker's Hypocrisy from Frances Fuller Victor,River of the West 273 136. "One of the Most Beautiful Prospects" from Sarah Gilbert White Smith, "Diary of Sarah White Smith" 274 Section XI Fur Trappers in Fiction 137.
The snow was about fifty foot deep, and the bufler lay dead on the ground like bees after a beein'; not whar we was tho', for thar was no bufler, and no meat, and me and my band had been livin' on our mocassins (leastwise the parflesh), for six weeks; and poor doin's that feedin' is, marm, as you'll never know. One day we crossed a 'canon' and over a 'divide,' and got into a periara, whar was green grass, and green trees, and green leaves on the trees, and birds singing in the green leaves, and this in Febrary, wagh!
As an alternative, those buffalo hump ribs roasting over a campfire while the stars swirled gaily above were the epitome of deliciousness. In the pampered twentieth century, we cannot hope to recreate that deliciousness, only attempt to understand it. And if one way of understanding the past is to listen to the stories told by those who lived it, then we hope that the narratives that follow will give you that kind of understanding. Although many of the narratives contain elements of history, and although we have organized them into topical categories for the benefit of the historically minded, it is our intent to convey the literary experience of the fur trade rather than the historical experience.
A Rendezvous Reader: Tall, Tangled, and True Tales of the Mountain Men 1805-1850 by James H. Maguire, Peter Wild, Donald A. Barclay