: Followers of the trail; the desert trail, the river trail, the mountain trail, the trail of the happy hunting grounds
: Lowrie, Sarah Dickson, 1870-1957
: Missions Frontier and pioneer life
: Hartford, Conn., Church Missions Publishing Co
: The Library of Congress
: Sloan Foundation
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ments with graveinterest. Whether or not they at this time formed any fixeddecision as to the boundaries which the United States wouldclaim from England in the Northwest, there is still some doubt.Webster had said earlier in one of his writings on the subject:The government of the United States has never offered anyline south of 49 degrees with the navigation of the Columbia,and it never will. However much Marcus Whitman may have influenced thePresident and the Committee on Foreign Affairs to abide bythat stand, or however little, he was the last man to stop andwait for recognition on the subject. From Washington he hur-ried on to Boston to urge the Board to send more missionaries,more supplies and more money. Then he hurried West to meethis emigrants. Hurry as he would, however, it was the 20th of May beforehe caught up with them on the Platte River. He was none toosoon. Many a prairie schooner and its mules would have gothopelessly tangled in that sandy bottomless river but for him.
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ABi The West THE TRAIL OF THE HAPPY HUNTING GROUNDS Jl Those who saw him for three days crossing and re-crossing thewide stream, swimming his horse to find the best ford, and atlast heard him order the one hundred or more canvas-toppedwagons to be chained together, four mules or four horses to eachwagon and, driven in one long line, to ford for two miles that riverswollen by spring floods, cheering the drivers, permitting notan instants halt, encouraging the women and bellowing at themules lest they sink in the quicksands, will never forget the mannor his deed. So wrote one who was a pioneer on the OregonTrail that fateful year of 43. At Fort Hall, beyond the South Pass, the guides and scoutsof the Hudson Bay Company almost induced the emigrantsto turn south along the California trail to Sacremento—almost,but not quite! Trust me, urged Marcus Whitman, T knowit can be done! Trust me and by early fall you will be in Oregon.Word came by his Indian friends that he was needed at his mis-
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