This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1858 Excerpt: ...will give me much pleasure in laying before you at the earliest opportunity. In closing this report, I deem it necessary to say something, as for as my observation has extended, respecting the resources and future developments of this country from Fort Union to this point, a distance of three hundred and seventy-five miles. The country in every respect is like unto that from Fort Randall to Fort Union, and from Fort Union up the Yellow-stone to the base of the Rocky mountains, exceedingly undulating, soilless, but little water save in the principal tributaries of the Missouri, but very little timber, and that valueless except for fuel; but in point of scenery, it is like many spots I had the honor of reporting in my annual report respecting the Yellow Stone country, indescribably grand and interesting in many spots. The scenery strikes the eye with such wonder, astonishment and delight, that we may gaze and gaze and yet the vision does not weary. When I reached the point where the Marias and Teton unite their pure and crystal water, flowing over rocky beds from mouth to source, fresh from the Rocky mountains, it truly struck my fancy with pleasure and amazement. After beholding for a while that truly picturesque and incomprehensible formation of nature, the idea struck me forcibly what a wide spread field was here open to the artist, but a moment's reflection caused me to come to the conclusion that the most scientific artist that ever lived in any age, with years of toil, would about as nearly represent this particular spot in its native grandeur as doth the transient flickering glow of a common luminary resembU and compare with the dazzling splendor of the meridian sun. In closing this report, I respectfully suggest, that I hope for the fu Blackfeet natio...
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