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Crossing the Plains
Author: Starbuck, Edith.
Reference #: 1889
Status: For Sale
List Price: $45.00
Southern Publishing Association, Nashville, 1927. Gray cloth, dark blue ox-cart motif on front boards; 14 illustrations including frontispiece and fold-out map of Astoria in 1813 as called for in Smith. Previous owner name in fine pen on ffep., Else Near Fine; lacking dj. A wide-ranging anecdotal recollection of an Overland Journey in 1852, with material on the Fur Traders, Prairie Schooners, the Chinooks and Schools. [Smith 9820]
These memories include the tragic impact of cholera on the train (pp. 79 ff.) despite the wisdom of one Captain to boil water before its use: ‘. . . a bit of practical hygiene in which he was far in advance of the common usage of his day.’ On a more positive theme moving passages include the successful meeting of ‘kinfolk in Oregon’ with the westward-bound wagon train, bringing much needed supplies for the crossing of the Cascade (pp. 110-111); the impact of the early arrival of the Hudson’s Bay fur traders and religion on the maintenance of peace and order (pp. 181 ff); and the description of ‘pleasant pastimes’ such as singing, and singing contests between neighbouring communities (pp. 186-7).
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