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The Conquest of the Missouri; Being the Story of the Life and Exploits of Captain Grant Marsh
by:Joseph Mills Hanson
Book may have numerous typos, missing text, images, or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1909. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... CHAPTER XLIX THE GARDEN OUT OP THE WILDERNESS Plains of the mighty, virgin West, Plains in cold, sterile beauty dressed. Your time of fruit draws nearl...
Book may have numerous typos, missing text, images, or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1909. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... CHAPTER XLIX THE GARDEN OUT OP THE WILDERNESS Plains of the mighty, virgin West, Plains in cold, sterile beauty dressed. Your time of fruit draws nearl Creatures of thicket, vale and shore. Tribes of the hills, your reign is o'er The conquerer is here! The magic of his virile powers Shall change your desert wastes to bowers. Your nakedness to shade; Shall stretch broad, rustling ranks of com Along your stony crests forlorn. And wheat-fields, dappling in the sun. Where your mad autumn fires have run. The trails your bison made Shall grow beneath his hurrying feet To highway broad and village street. Along whose grassy sides shall sleep Meadows and orchards, fruited deep. AFTER twenty years' absence from the scenes of /- his eventful earlier years, during all of which time he could not forget the subtle fascination of the Northwest, the thoughts and desires of Captain Marsh began to turn again almost irresistibly to the regions of the upper Missouri. He longed to look once more upon the vast reaches of prairie and the bald bluffs sweeping along the river, to feel the exhilaration of the keen, pure air borne down from the remote fastnesses of Canada. Nor were his longings impossible of gratification, for the energy and shrewdness of certain business men of the Northwest had been building up, during the years immediately preceding 1903, a new and prosperous river commerce on the waters of the upper Missouri, where, seemingly, it had long before died out for all time. Among these business men, Gen. W. D. Washburn, of Minneapolis, ex-United States senator and flour-mill king, was a pioneer. In the rich agricultural country bordering the Missouri above Bismarck, he saw an opportunity for the development of a promising river trade. There, he purchased an immense tract of la...
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