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In 1872, Isabella chicken, daughter of a priest, trigger by myself to the Antipodes 'in seek of future health' and located she had launched into a lifetime of adventurous shuttle. In 1873, donning Hawaiian driving costume, she rode her horse in the course of the American Wild West, a terrain basically newly opened to pioneer cost. The letters that make up this quantity have been first released in 1879. They inform of great, unspoiled landscapes and ample flora and fauna, of encounters with rattlesnakes, wolves, pumas and grizzly bears, and her reactions to the unstable passions of the miners and pioneer settlers. A vintage account of a really outstanding trip.

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Evans's 4. Ranch, Great Platte Canyon 5. Ranch, Plum Creek 6. Perry's Park, or Perry Park 7. Arkansas Divide, now Black Forest Divide or Palmer Lake Divide 8. S. Air Force Academy 9. Glen Eyrie 10. Colorado City, now West Colorado Springs or "Old Town" 11. Garden of the Gods 12. Bergens Park, now Manitou Park 13. Hayden's Divide, now Divide 14. Twin Rocks 15. Colonel Kittridge's 16. Link's 17. Breckenridge Pass, now Boreas Pass 18. Hall's Gulch, located in Hall Valley 19. Turkey Creek Canyon 20.

She found a brutish sullenness in public places and a shocking crudity of table manners; yet nowhere did she fail to find gentleness or chivalry. She reported that her desperado-companion, Mountain Jim, had ridden sixty miles to find a doctor for a sick child. She found an oppressive lack of privacy amid the exhilarating solitudes of the wild mountains. She found people pinchpenny, parsimonious, greedy, yet willing to share their short rations or escort her on horseback hundreds of miles through a snowstorm.

Having traveled 258 miles. Truckee, the center of the "lumbering region" of the Sierras, is usually spoken of as "a rough mountain town,'' and Mr. W. , but as he admitted that a lady was sure of respect, and Mr. G. strongly advised me to stay and see the lakes, I got out, much dazed, and very stupid with sleep, envying the peo- Page 8 ple in the sleeping car, who were already unconscious on their luxurious couches. The cars drew up in a streetif street that could be called which was only a wide, cleared space, intersected by rails, with here and there a stump, and great piles of sawn logs bulking big in the moonlight, and a number of irregular clap-board, steep-roofed houses, many of them with open fronts, glaring with light and crowded with men.

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