Pirate, Pawnee, and Mountain Man: The Saga of Hugh Glass

Pirate, Pawnee, and Mountain Man: The Saga of Hugh Glass

Pirate, Pawnee, and Mountain Man: The Saga of Hugh Glass

Pirate, Pawnee, and Mountain Man: The Saga of Hugh Glass

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Glass first commenced life in the capacity of a sailor; and after having followed the seas during several years, was captured by the desperate band of Pirates under the notorious Lafitte .

-- CLARK'S RECORDING OF YOUNT'S REMINISZNCIES

THE FIRST English-speaking white man to acquire legendary stature wholly in the West emerged from the sea in middle life, leaving his former years, and all that must have befallen a born adventurer in the course of them, blanketed in mist. One wisp of tradition, as bare of a roosting place as any other chicken of Mother Carey, has it that Hugh Glass hailed from Pennsylvania. When he did, or whereabouts in the Keystone State, are matters on which even folklore has nothing to declare.

Glass did, it is known, confide in one biographer, but the work turned out by the latter was never published and cannot now be located. Tantalizingly, it was described in an item which did get printed. Prince Maximilian of Wied noted that its author read the piece to him and that it made good hearing.

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