By Path and Trail William Richard Harris

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By Path and Trail  by  William Richard Harris

By Path and Trail by William Richard Harris
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This historic volume is from 1908 and was written by Catholic missionaries who ventured into Baja California and Mexico to work with the Yaquis Indians. The book also reveals the beauty and wonders of the early Southwest.A Shot Talk with the HeaderMoreThis historic volume is from 1908 and was written by Catholic missionaries who ventured into Baja California and Mexico to work with the Yaquis Indians.

The book also reveals the beauty and wonders of the early Southwest.A Shot Talk with the HeaderThe romance and weird fascination which belong toimmense solitudes and untenanted wilds are fading awayand, in a few years, will be as if they were not. The in-tangible and the immaterial leave no memories after them.The march of civilization is a benediction for the future,but it is also a devastation before which savage nature and savage man must go down. Unable or unwilling to adapt himself to new conditions and to the demands of a life foreign to his nature and his experience original man of North America is doomed, like the wild beast he hunted, to extinction.For centuries he stubbornly contested the white mansright to invade and seize upon his hunting grounds- hewas no coward and when compelled, at last, to strike atruce with his enemy, he felt that Fate was against him,yielded to the inevitable and all was over.

In the Baca-tete mountains, amid the terrifying solitudes of theSierras of Northern Mexico, the Yaquis last of thefighting tribes is disappearing in a lake of blood andwhen he is submerged the last dread war-whoop willshriek his requiem. It will never again be heard uponthe earth.The lonely regions of our great continent, over whichthere brooded for unnumbered ages the silence whichwas before creation, are disappearing with the vanishingIndian- a new vegetable and a new animal life are sup-planting the old now on the road to obliteration.

Theruin is pathetic, but inevitable.So before the old shall have entirely vanished, it is wellthat we should look upon what yet remains and handdown to an unprivileged future a description and a verbalphotograph of what the country was in days gone by.Lower California, Sonora and the illimitable pine forestof the Chihuahua Eange of the Sierras Madres yet remainin their primitive isolation and magnificent savagery, but,before our century expires, the immense solitudes, theunbroken desolation of wilderness and the melancholyfascination which belong to the lonely desert and toweringmountain and to sustained and unbroken silence will beno more.

Vale, vale, aeterne valegood-by good-by for evermore. W. R. H.Chapters:- Origin of the Fighting Yaquis- On the Way to the Barranca- Battle of the Elements- Valley of the Churches- Friend of the Mountaineer- The Runners of the Sierra- The Priest and the Yaquis- Where Man Enters at His Peril- The Dead of the Desert- The Fight for Life- The Digger Indians- Jesuits and Digger Indians- The Vaca de Lumbre- The Pradera and Guano Beds- Origin of the Pious Fund- The Repose of the Grave- Soldiers of the New Testament- A Land of Scenic Wonders- Vegetation of the Desert- Temples of the Desert- A Miracle of Nature- The Pre-historic Ruin- A City in the Desrt- Camp of the Consumptives- The Ostrich Farm



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