A-Rafting on the Mississip (Fesler-Lampert Minnesota by Charles Edward Russell

By Charles Edward Russell

Throughout the 19th century, pine logs have been lashed jointly to shape simply floatable rafts that traveled from Minnesota and Wisconsin down the Mississippi River to construct the farms and cities of the just about treeless reduce Midwest. those large log rafts have been suggested down the river by means of steamboat pilots whose ability and intimate wisdom of the river's many dangers have been mythical. Charles Edward Russell, a Pulitzer Prize-winning writer, chronicles the heritage and river lore of seventy years of lumber rafting. "Russell bargains with these a long time in which the lumber company and the rafting of lumber grew and reached huge, immense proportions. yet his tale covers additionally the luxurious part of the river steamboat. Russell writes with a full of life pen, and he has made a colourful and unique account." ny instances booklet evaluation "Not a lifeless web page within the publication. Russell writes frontier historical past accurately written." big apple bring in Tribune Charles Edward Russell (1860-1941) grew up at the seashores of the Mississippi River throughout the days of lumber rafting. most sensible referred to as a journalist through the muckraking period for his expos?s at the red meat and tobacco trusts, Russell was once additionally a cofounder of the nationwide organization for the development of coloured humans (NAACP) in 1909. Fesler-Lampert Minnesota background sequence

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One dollar and twenty-five cents an acre," says the agent of the lumber magnate. "One dollar and fifty cents," says some one else. Immediately the strong-arm lads, in wedge formation, place this intruder at their head and march him *lbUL, pp. 80-82. 48 The Pine-Tree Eldorado at double quick to the outside world and far away from troublesome scenes. "Sold for one dollar and twenty-five cents an acre," says the auctioneer. The advantages were apparent. No trouble, no chance of unpleasant remark, no expensive cruisers, and the land safely acquired.

Louis. As for the Dean, where she had come to land, there she lay the rest of the winter, frozen in as Peary with his ship. WKen winter descended, the river towns were for the most part incomunicado, or something like that, until spring. Not always; for enterprising citizens would run sleighs over the ice now and then, and try at some more favored spot to catch up with the whirling world. When Captain Russell Blakely, whose name we shall meet again, quitted steamboating, he organized fast express sleighs that gave winter-bound towns on the upper Mississippi an occasional contact with St.

The Greek Slave happened to be the first steamboat on the Mississippi that carried a steam capstan. Mr. Larpenteur had also a general notion of this implement. With its aid, with the spars, and with the 37 A-Rafting on the Mississip' starboard wheel backing, he worked the boat off the bar and proceeded. The next morning the pilots steered it and he captained it safely into Stillwater. If nothing else fell in to give flavor to the journey, the Indians, being ungrateful wards of a benevolent government, might take pot-shots at the steamer when it was in a difficult position, or in lonely and remote places try to capture it.

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