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A Lady's Life in the Rocky Mountains (The Western Frontier by Isabella L. Bird

By Isabella L. Bird

In 1872, Isabella fowl, 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 using gown, she rode her horse during the American Wild West, a terrain merely newly opened to pioneer cost. The letters that make up this quantity have been first released in 1879. They inform of remarkable, unspoiled landscapes and ample natural world, of encounters with rattlesnakes, wolves, pumas and grizzly bears, and her reactions to the risky passions of the miners and pioneer settlers. A vintage account of a really wonderful trip.

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It was a true Temple of Morpheus. Profound sleep was the object to which everything was dedicated. Four silver lamps hanging from the roof, and burning low, gave a dreamy light. On each side of the center passage, rich rep curtains, green and crimson, striped with gold, hung from silver bars running near the roof, and trailed on the soft Axminster carpet. The temperature was carefully kept at 70°. It was 29° outside. Silence and freedom from jolting were secured by double doors and windows, costly and ingenious arrangements of springs and cushions, and a speed limited to eighteen miles an hour.

Neither he nor any of the loafers who had assembled showed the slightest sign of astonishment, but all were as respectful as possible. Once on horseback my embarrassment disappeared, and I rode through Truckee, whose irregular, steep-roofed houses and shanties, set down in a clearing and surrounded closely by mountain and forest, looked like a temporary encampment; passed under the Pacific Railroad; and then for twelve miles followed the windings of the Truckee River, a clear, rushing, mountain stream, in which immense pine logs had gone aground not to be floated off till the next freshet, a loud-tongued, rollicking stream of ice-cold water, on whose banks no ferns or trailers hang, and which leaves no greenness along its turbulent progress.

This gentleman was lording it in true caricature fashion, with a Lord Dundreary drawl and a general execration of everything; while I sat in the chimney corner, speculating on the reason why many of the upper class of my countrymen'High Toners,' as they are called out heremake themselves so ludicrously absurd. They neither know how to hold their tongues or to carry their personal pretensions. An American is nationally assumptive, an Englishman personally so. He took no notice of me till something passed which showed him I was English, when his manner at once changed into courtesy, and his drawl was shortened by a half.

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