By Washington Irving
In 1832, Washington Irving, lately again from seventeen years’ place of dwelling in another country and wanting to discover his personal nation, launched into an excursion to the rustic west of Arkansas put aside for the Indians. A journey at the Prairies is his soaking up account of that trip, which prolonged from castle Gibson to the move Timbers in what's now Oklahoma. First released in 1835, it has remained a perennial favourite, holding its unique freshness, vigour, and vividness to today.
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The saddening conviction stole over my heart that I was a stranger in my own home! Alas! thought I, what had I to expect after such an absence! Let not the reader be mistaken. I have no doleful picture to draw; no sorrowful demand to make upon his sympathies. It has been the lot of many a wanderer, returning after a shorter lapse of years, to find the scenes of his youth gone to ruin and decay. If I had any thing to deplore, it was the improvement of my home. It had outgrown my recollection from its very prosperity, and strangers had crowded into it from every clime, to participate in its overflowing abundance.
I should have an opportunity of seeing the remnants of those great Indian Tribes, which are now about to disappear as independent nations, or to be amalgamated under some new form of government. "4 Putting aside other plans, Irving and his traveling companions Latrobe and Pourtalès landed with Ellsworth at Ashtabula, crossed Ohio to Cincinnati, passed by steamboat to St. Louis, and thence by horseback via Independence to the Arkansas. " His notebooks, his letters, his narrative repeatedly display his eager participation in the new life.
Beatte, the Huntsman. 21 IV The Departure. The Young Osage. The Encampment. Osage Visitors at Our Evening Camp. 39 Page x VIII The Honey Camp. 47 IX A Bee Hunt. The Fate of an Amateur Owl. Foul Murder of a Polecat. 63 XII The Crossing of the Arkansas. 70 XIII The Camp of the Glen. Horses Found, and Men Lost. Anecdotes of the Delawares and their Superstitions. Pawnee Stories. Symptoms of Change of Weather, and Change of Humors. A Frightened Horse. Cross Timber. A Wild Horse. 111 XX The Camp of the Wild Horse.