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Life and Adventures of James P. Beckwourth

T. D. Bonner (1810-1883)

1. Preface to the New English and American Editions
2. Birth-place and Childhood
3. Expedition to the Mines
4. Return from the Deserted Pawnee Villages
5. Severe Sufferings in the Camp
6. Sufferings on the Platte
7. We seperate into six Detachments
8. Arrival of General Ashley and Party
9. Unexpected Return to the Rocky Mountains
10. The Company removes from Cache Valley on a Hunting and Trapping Excursion
11. Great Battle with the Black Feet
12. Removal of our Rendezvous
13. Departure from the Rendezvous
14. War between the Crow Nation and other Indian Tribes
15. Great Loss of Horses in the Mountains
16. Short Account of Pine Leaf, the Crow Heroine
17. Departure from Fort Cass
18. Victory over the Cheyennes
19. Departure from the Fort with the Crows
20. Departure from the Fort
21. Excursion to the Fort
22. Attacks of the Black Feet on the Fort
23. Meteoric Shower
24. Removal to our Tobacco-ground
25. Excursion to the fort
26. Visit of the Whole Crow Nation to the Fort
27. Deputation from the As-ne-boines
28. Departure for St. Louis
29. Disagreeable Encounters in St. Louis
30. Return to St. Louis
31. Departure for the Mountains
32. Invitation to visit the Outlaws
33. First trip to New Mexico
34. The Californian Revolution
35. Affairs at Santa Fe'
36. Departure for California
37. Discovery of Beckwourth's Pass
38. Mistakes regarding the Character of the Indian

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Buried amid the sublime passes of the Sierra Nevada are old men, who, when children, strayed away from our crowded settlements, and, gradually moving farther and farther from civilization, have in time become domiciliated among the wild beasts and wilder savages — have lived scores of years whetting their intellects in the constant struggle for self-preservation; whose only pleasurable excitement was found in facing danger; whose only repose was to recuperate, preparatory to participating in new and thrilling adventures. Such men, whose simple tale would pale the imaginative creations of our most popular fictionists, sink into their obscure graves unnoticed and unknown. Indian warriors, whose bravery and self devotion find no parallels in the preserved traditions of all history, end their career on the "war-path," sing in triumph their death-song, and become silent, leaving no impression on the intellectual world.