A Condensed Geography and History of the Western States, Or the Mississippi Valley, Volume 2

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E. H. Flint, 1828 - Mississippi River Valley - 1112 pages

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Page 347 - The members of both branches are elected by counties, or by districts composed of counties, according to population. The representatives are chosen for one year; and for eligibility, a man must be, at least, 25 years of age; have resided in the state at least one year, and paid a tax.
Page 168 - There are also large quantities of the nitrate of allumine, or nitrate of argil, which will yield as much nitrate of potash, or saltpetre, in proportion to the quantities of earth, as the nitrate of lime• 'The three articles above enumerated, are first in quantity and importance ; but there are several others, which deserve notice as subjects of philosophical curiosity. The sulphat of...
Page 353 - I have looked over the subjacent plain quite to the ferry, where the immigrants crossed the upper Mississippi. I have seen in this extent nine wagons harnessed with from four to six horses. We may allow a hundred cattle, besides hogs, horses, and sheep, to each wagon ; and from three or four to twenty slaves. The whole appearance of the train, the cattle with their hundred bells ; the negroes with delight in their countenances...
Page 447 - Fair 20, rain 7, cloudy 3 days. 6. Cotton wood in leaf. 12. Vegetation is rapidly progressing in the bottoms, though the snow reaches within a mile of the base of the mountains at the Rapids of Columbia. May. Fair 19, rain 5, cloudy 6, snow 1. 3. An increase of snow in the mountains last evening. • 10. Weather cold with a heavy fall of snow. 22. The air remarkably dry and pure.
Page 428 - ... thought and feeling, forced in an instant upon it. There is hardly sufficient coolness for distinct impressions; much less for calculations. We witness the white and terrific sheets — for an island, on the very verge of the cataract, divides the fall — descending more than 170 feet into the abyss below.
Page 363 - The wags of the day exercised their wit in circulating caricatured and exaggerated editions of the stories of the first adventurers, that there were springs of brandy, flax that bore little pieces of cloth on the stems, enormous pumpkins, and melons, and the like. Accounts the most horrible were added of hoop snakes of such deadly malignity that a sting which they bore in their tails, when it punctured the bark of a green tree, instantly caused its leaves to become sear and the tree to die. Stories...
Page 396 - Resolved, That his Excellency the Governor be requested to transmit a copy of the foregoing resolves to the President of the Senate and Speaker of the House of Representatives, and to each of the Senators and Members of the House of Representatives from this Commonwealth, in the Congress of the United States.
Page 199 - It is to him the home of plenty, beauty, greatness and every thing that he desires, or respects. This nationality never deserts him. No country will bear a comparison with his country ; no people with his people. The English are said to go into battle with a song about roast beef in their mouths. When the Kentuckian encounters dangers of battle, or any kind, when he is even on board a foundering ship, his last exclamation is,
Page 356 - The common form of the planters' houses, and indeed of all houses that you meet with on the roadsides in this country, is two square pens, with an open space between them, connected by a roof above and a floor below, so as to form a parallelogram of nearly triple the length of its depth. In the open space the family take their meals during the fine weather.
Page 354 - The pack of dogs sets up a cheerful barking. The cattle lie down and ruminate. The team is unharnessed. The huge waggons are covered, so that the roof completely excludes the rain. The cooking utensils are brought out. The blacks prepare a supper, which the toils of the day render delicious ; and they talk over the adventures of the past day, and the prospects of the next.

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