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Fifty years on the trail; a true story of western life

Author: John Young Nelson; Harrington O'Reilly
Publisher: New York : Frederick Warne & Co., 1889.
Series: Schieffelin Collection.
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: John Young Nelson; Harrington O'Reilly
OCLC Number: 1398902
Notes: A biography of John Y. Nelson, written by Harrington O'Reilly from facts supplied by Nelson. The narrative is in the first person, as told by Nelson.
Description: xvi, 381 pages : illustrations ; 19 cm
Contents: Foreword / Donald E. Worcester --
Preface --
Introduction --
A bolt for freedom --
The boundless prairie --
Bound west: Adoption by Spotted Tail; A few words about buffaloes; An adventure with them; Winter on the Solomon River --
The Sun Dance: Habits of the Indians; Their religion; Personal mutilation --
Matrimonial suggestions: An inexplicable squaw; Trapping beaver; Notes on their peculiarities --
Only one left to tell the tale: Fighting the Pawnees on Little Blue River; A scrimmage on the Rickaree [Arikara] River; The Sioux method of warfare --
Two Buck Elk's gratitude: First meeting with Brigham Young --
En route to the Promised Land: Among the Mormons; Fort Laramie; Green River; Passage of the Rockies; Establishment of Salt Lake City; Arrival of the Mexican contingent --
A bear story: Farewell to the Mormons; Trapping with Canadians on the Platte River; First scalping experiences; Arrival at St. Verain's [Vrain's] Fort --
A terrible hullabaloo: Camping on the Republican River; Drunkenness amongst the Brules: Indian grief; A trip to the Wajajas; News of Thomas Atkinson --
The Robbers' Roost: A roving saloon; "Skinned out"; Trading for Alec Constance; A trip to Fort Leavenworth; General Albert Sidney Johnson [Johnston]; A few words about the Mormons; The government expedition of Salt Lake; Engagement as scout and guide --
Expedition against the Mormons: Breaking in mules; En route for Utah; A startling incident; Winter at Hams Fork; Starved out; Passage of the Rockies; Arrival at Salt Lake City; Camp Floyd --
Massacre's aftermath: The Mountain Meadow Massacre; Arrival on the scene; Discovery of the sole survivor; Return to Provo City --
Bull-whacking a while: Meeting with Daniel Spencer; Five hundred miles on foot; Fallen amongst the Utes; A painted Mormon renegade; Arrival at Bear River --
Converted at last: Meeting with Billy Cameron; Introduction to Joshua Lapin; Pony express to Winty Valley; Conversion to Mormonism; Brigham Young again; Brother Nathaniel Jones; Appointment as major-domo --
A lost reputation: Life in a Mormon home; Sister Annie; Rebecca's jealousy; Brother William Godby to the rescue; A refuge with Godby; Pete Dotson --
Under arrest: Another bear story; St. Verain's [Vrain's] Fort; Swimming the Platte River; Arrival at John Young's ranche --
"Hold, enough!" --
An overdose of desperadoes: Desperadoes in Denver; The Rocky Mountain News; Ackley's ranche [ranch]; At Billy Hill's; First meeting with Dan [Bad Jack] Slade; The story of Jules Berg --
Matrimony once more: With the Brules on Cottonwood Springs; Engagement with the Gilman brothers; The Californian telegraph line; Building Fort Macpherson [McPherson]; John Gilman marries; Amongst the Cheyennes; Trading at Laramie; A visit to the Ogallalas; Cheyennes on the war-path; Engagement as scout, guide, and interpreter at Fort Macpherson [McPherson]; Carrying despatches [dispatches] to Fort Hayes --
Out of the frying-pan [frying pan]: The Treaty of 1866; The firstborn half-breed; Frozen buffalo; White Antelope again; Lone Wolf to the rescue; Massacre of twenty soldiers; Captain Egan and party saved; Colonel Brown's expedition; Duties of a guide; A reconnoitre with Beldon; Lassoing a cavalry horse --
Into a hornet's nest: Mutiny in camp; Attempt on Colonel Brown's life; A skirmish at Medicine Creek; General Bradley's arrival; Row with Lieutenant Whaling --
A mysterious voice: Responsibilities of a scout; Indian cunning; Massacre of Colonel Forsyth's scouts; Return of General Bradley; Married by the Reverend John Robinson; A '"run out" with Bill Cody; The lost horses; Alone on the prairie; Rescue by six pals --
In the whiskey traffic: Haymaking under difficulties; A trip to Nebraska; Death of the firstborn; Cast into prison; General Duncan's Expedition; Appointed Master of Transports at Omaha; Recognized as an Indian by government treaty; Back to the reservation; Trading whiskey for horses with Clifford and others --
Buffalo hunting for the Chicago market and the Cliffords; The prairie fire; Hank Clifford sent to General Augur; Departure for Red Cloud Agency; Meeting with Frank Wheeling, Broncho Bill, Slim Jim, and Self-raising William; Capture of three hundred [300] horses --
Everything comes to him who waits: Squatting on Medicine Creek; Buffalo meat for the soldiers; Conversion of Pleasant Valley into frontier country; The Jack Bratt & Co. swindle; Pulling up stakes for Pine Ridge Agency; The J.W. Dear trades union; The deputation to General Mackenzie; A narrow squeak for Three Bears; Seville and Dear kicked off the reservation; An Indian famine; Rascality of government officials --
"One-minute-too-late" Nelson: A trading spec to Deadwood; Objection of Sitting Bull to mining in the Black Hills; General Crook acts as mediator; A winter in Sidney; Appointment as chief of Sidney police --
Notes on outlaws; Lynching of "Fly-speckled Billy"; Doc Middleton kills a soldier; Rustlers and desperadoes; A street fight with the military; Joining Clifford and Ruff on the Running Water; Jennie sent to Pine Ridge --
Last rambles: The Cheyennes on the war-path [warpath]; Expedition to the Sand Hills; Saved by the Snake River; Frank Wheeling carries a dispatch, and trudges twenty-five miles on foot --
Erection of Pine Ridge Agency; Teaching the Indians to drive; Mr. Agent Macgillicuddy [McGillycuddy]; Appointment as chief of Indian police; President Cleveland to the rescue; A few words on the Indians; A list of officers fought under. Illustrations: John Y. Nelson, 1889 --
Antelope --
Brigham Young.
Series Title: Schieffelin Collection.
Responsibility: by Harrington O'Reilly ; with over one hundred illustrations by Paul Frenzeny.

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