A Pioneer's Search for an Ideal Home: A Book of Personal Memoirs

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CHAPTER XLII

A young editor from Olympia, who was on a recuperating and prospecting expedition, penetrated the wilds of the Nooksack valley, and for a few days made his home with us. As he sat toasting his slippered feet one day, the children, who had gone for the cows, came rushing back exclaiming, "There are three great cougars right down here in the river bottom." What a commotion this report raised. The men sprang for their guns and made a dash for the river bottom. I never saw anyone more excited than the editor. The slippers flew from his feet, his boots were on in a trice, and he was off like a flash in the wake of the hunters.

They succeeded in killing two of the animals, and brought them to the house, and fatally wounding the third, which was found dead the next day.

They were powerful, ferocious looking creatures, and no doubt would have wrought havoc among the stock. It was a new and exciting experience for the editor, and he was very exultant over the success of the chase. The incident made quite an interesting item for his paper.

Early in the autumn of 1875 the typhoid fever was very prevalent throughout the country. Three of our family were down with it at the same time. The nearest physician was at Whatcom, but as I do not believe in using drugs that did not trouble me. However, La Bonta was so weakened by terrible night sweats I thought I must get something to break them up, and sent to Whatcom by Mr. Coupe to get some medicine for that purpose.

The physician, who was a drinking man, asked "twenty

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Table of contents

  • Title Page i
  • Preface 6
  • A Pioneer's Search for an Ideal Home Chapter I 7
  • Chapter II 14
  • Chapter III 18
  • Chapter IV 22
  • Chapter V 27
  • Chapter VI 31
  • Chapter VII 35
  • Chapter VIII 39
  • Chapter IX 45
  • Chapter X 49
  • Chapter XI 55
  • Chapter XII 62
  • Chapter XIII 68
  • Chapter XIV 73
  • Chapter XV 81
  • Chapter XVI 85
  • Chapter XVII 89
  • Chapter XVIII 95
  • Chapter XIX 103
  • Chapter XX 111
  • Chapter XXI 116
  • Chapter XXII 124
  • Chapter XXIII 128
  • Chapter XXIV 134
  • Chapter XXV 141
  • Chapter XVII 148
  • Chapter XXVII 151
  • Chapter XXVIII 153
  • Chapter XXIX 159
  • Chapter XXX 167
  • Chapter XXXI 173
  • Chapter XXXII 178
  • Chapter XXXIII 182
  • Chapter XXXIV 189
  • Chapter XXXV 194
  • Chapter XXXVI 200
  • Chapter XXXVII 208
  • Chapter XXXVIII 215
  • Chapter XXXIV 222
  • Chapter XL 229
  • Chapter XLI 234
  • Chapter XLII 240
  • Chapter XLIII 243
  • Chapter Xviv 249
  • Chapter XLV 257
  • Chapter XLVI 263
  • Chapter XLVII 269
  • Chapter XLVIII 273
  • Chapter Xlix 277
  • Chapter L 285
  • Chapter LI 288
  • Chapter LII 296
  • Chapter LIII 303
  • Chapter Liv 306
  • Chapter LV 308
  • The Conquest of the West 310
  • Conclusion 314
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