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 decrease Midwest. those large log rafts have been instructed down the river by way of steamboat pilots whose ability and intimate wisdom of the river's many risks have been mythical. Charles Edward Russell, a Pulitzer Prize-winning writer, chronicles the historical past and river lore of seventy years of lumber rafting. "Russell offers with these many years in which the lumber company and the rafting of lumber grew and reached huge, immense proportions. yet his tale covers additionally the sumptuous section 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 booklet. Russell writes frontier heritage appropriately written." manhattan bring in Tribune Charles Edward Russell (1860-1941) grew up at the seashores of the Mississippi River in the course of the days of lumber rafting. most sensible referred to as a journalist through the muckraking period for his expos?s at the pork 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 historical past sequence
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In its center was an open fireplace; near-by the tables where the men were fed, and where they sat and smoked in the evening. From this extended the two wings, lined with rough bunks in tiers, one above the other.
Reef" is a long sand-bar with an abrupt side down-stream. "Crossing" is a place where the steamboat channel shifts from one side of the river to the other. Finally, and most important here, "towing" is pushing, not pulling. 33 A-Rafting on the Mississip* It will be deemed in some quarters but poetic justice that the discharge of his field-piece made him deaf. Indians, or signs of them, were to be seen most of the way from St. Louis to Stillwater—and beyond. Popular captains used to bring aboard the tamer sort to astonish the tourists and enable the winter fireside down East to be enlivened with the tale fantastic.
87), says that Blackhawk's warriors in this fight numbered only forty. 17 A-Rafting on the Mississip* Run. It appears, however, that more ran there than Stillman. It was the actual beginning of the Blackhawk War. The Government, aroused by the defeat, sent General Scott himself to the scene of conflict. The Indians were driven north, and worsted in many battles. After one reverse the desperate Blackhawk tried to send away some of the women and children by placing them on rafts and despatching them down the river.