Among the Sioux of Dakota
by DeWitt Clinton Poole (9780217809252)

Among the Sioux of Dakota
 
DeWitt Clinton Poole
Release Date: 10 December 0140
Format: Paperback
Pages: 44
Category: History
ISBN: 9780217809252
ISBN-10: 0217809251



Purchase of this book includes free trial access to www.million-books.com where you can read more than a million books for free. This is an OCR edition with typos. Excerpt from book: CHAPTER IV. ARRIVAL AT WHETSTONE CREEK RESERVATION?ITS LOCATION AND DESCRIPTION?EXTENT OF THE SIOUX RESERVATION UNDEU TREATY Or 1868 DIFFERENT BANDS NUMBER OF SIOUX SUPPLIED AT WHETSTONE. STILL following the fortunes of the " Evening Star," I once more embarked, and next day, toward evening, the low, uncouth buildings of Whetstone Creek reservation appeared. Whites and Indians could be seen making their way leisurely toward the landing, moved by the curiosity which seems to pervade all dwellers on the Missouri River, to see a steamboat of any size or description, and more especially one coming from below. This spot was utterly devoid of the wild picturesqueness supposed to be incident to its location and inhabitants. The "first bench," or level ground extending immediately back from the river, was some eighty rods wide, and covered in most places with a thick growth of willows interlaced with wild vines. A sharp rise of six or eight feet led to the"second bench," another level stretch of ground which extended back to the bluffs, covered near the river with an undergrowth of oak, but soon running into prairie. This rich bottom land followed the course of the river for some four miles, but was cut off above and below by the bluffs, which at these points circled into the very bank. Whetstone Creek, fringed with a very small growth of timber, broke through the range of bluffs from the west and joined the Missouri, while farther south Scalp Creek did the same. These creeks contained running water only after severe rains, soon subsiding, and having nothing in their dry beds save " water holes" at long distances. An island in the river, a short distance from the agency, furnished cottonwood logs for fuel and for building. The pocket of land thus enclosed by the river and t...

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