By Terry C. Johnston
The wild and unfastened international of the mountain guy is readily fading into the previous. For Titus Bass, major his relatives north to wintry weather with the Crow humans, the adventure is a tragic one. He needs to shop an previous pal from dying and rescue his daughter Magpie from cutthroat investors. he'll attempt to loose a wagon teach of innocents from its unscrupulous chief, and he'll attempt to come to phrases along with his long-lost daughter Amanda, certain for a brand new domestic in a far flung land Bass himself won't ever see.
But while he arrives within the land of the Crow, he unearths previous friends–and outdated ways–dying out. made up our minds to stay out his ultimate years in peace, Bass involves notice that at the altering frontier, survival isn't a definite factor. quickly he'll face his maximum lesson and toughest problem of all–one that would rate the final of the mythical mountain males his existence.
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Kingdom south of Utah Lake higher to your vegetation. ” 3 of the bystanders instantly leaned over Brigham Young’s shoulders because the Prophet hunched in learn of his Fremont maps. “Ah, the following it is,” younger introduced with delight. “Is this the valley? ” Jim squinted and requested, “A little’un? South of the Salt Lake? ” “Yes,” the Prophet guaranteed. “That’s where I’m telling you of,” Bridger persisted. “There’s a band of excellent Injuns down that manner, received farms in their personal, and so they bring up grains. i will purchase some of the best wheat from ’em. As I keep in mind that kingdom, I ’member a valley down that method. If there has been ever a promised land your God used to be major you to, it’s gotta be that valley aways on south of the Salt Lake Valley. ” stunned at that announcement, younger stammered, “W-why do you name it a promised land? ” “There’s a cedar grows down there, bears a fruit, like juniper berries, yet higher an’ yellow—’bout the scale of a small plum. And the Injuns within the state ain’t thieves. They feed themselves: decide them berries and grind ’em right into a meal. ” Little requested, “There’s loads of this fruit? ” “I figger i'll assemble more’n a hunnert bushels off one tree alone,” Jim declared. “I’ve lived on that fruit afore, while I couldn’t deliver no online game to bait. ” “How’s the water, Mr. Bridger? ” requested Egan. “Streams operating outta the mountains far and wide, and plenty of springs too. ” younger sighed with impatience, “How some distance is it from the valley of the Salt Lake? ” Jim brooded a second, then stated, “Twenty days’ journey from there. ” The Prophet’s face hardened. “That a long way? ” “Maybe now not that a ways … simply the rustic you gotta plow through to get there's so undesirable. Nothin’ a lot on your animals to devour. unlike it really is the following at the Little Sandy, the place your horses acquired the entire feed they need. yet when you get there, you’ll discover a copper mine on one of many rivers working throughout the valley. truth be, there’s an entire mountain of copper. Gold an’ silver down there too. I by no means had no need for such. you see veins of coal within the hills. Yessir, that land is sweet. That there’s your promised land, Brigham younger. Soil is wealthy. Nights don’t get chilly within the growin’ season. That nation is thick with persimmons. Ever you ate a persimmon? That’s a disgrace you ain’t. There’s wild grapes down there too, for a guy to make the simplest wines. ” “It takes a great weather to develop grapes, Prophet,” commented Woodruff. So Brigham requested, “How a long way north have you ever obvious those grapes starting to be? ” “Never observed any round Utah Lake,” he responded, “but I obvious plenty of cherries and berries. That’s higher nation than the valley of the Salt Lake. yet, it’s much better south of there, the place I advised you. lots of bushes, an’ the fish within the streams ain’t by no means been stuck. Even chanced on a few wild flax becoming down there. ” younger requested, “How a long time has it been because you have been in that kingdom? ” “A yr in the past, this coming July,” Bridger declared. “There’s reliable rain there, yet now not a lot wind. in case your God brung you out right here to a promised land, it’s needless to say it ain’t within the Salt Lake Valley.