Camping on the Trail: Or, some of my experiences in the Indian country

1902.  By Edward S. Farrow.  [“Late assistant instructor of tactics at the United States Military Academy, West Point, and formerly commanding Indian Scouts in the Department of the Columbia.”]

Philadelphia: American Arms Publishing Co.

Contains interesting chapters on horse packing, forced marches, camp cooking, “Chenook Jargon” vocabulary [which is Chapter XVII] and  more.

Page 256, on dealing with Indian scouts: ‘He must be permitted to minutely and tediously tell his story–how many “suns” he traveled, how long he waited when the “sun was so”–whether he traveled this or that “way-hut” (trail), where he had his “muck-a-muck” (food), how he crossed the “hyas-chuck” (river), etc.  When possible, let him trace the map on the ground.  It is frequently necessary to put these questions in an indirect manner, in order to avoid his usual reply, “wake cum-tux” (don’t know).’

Page 268: ‘Being once in rapid pursuit of a few Indians who had murdered the owner of a ranch, on the south fork of the Salmon, in Idaho, and having followed them about forty miles, apparently gaining all the while, Yia-tin-i-a-wits suddenly informed me, “No catch him–hiyu run–no sun!”  meaning that we were discovered, and that the Indians were travelling at night.’

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